Efforts are under way to begin
Cayman Teen Challenge, a programme designed to provide safe, competent
residential care for youths, while offering faith-based solutions to young
people struggling with drug and alcohol problems.
The programme is being facilitated
by a few men who say that because of their desire to see individuals set free
from life-controlling problems, God has placed in their hearts the motivation
to bring the well-known international programme to Cayman.
Charles Boucher, director of Cayman
Teen Challenge, said the recovery programme is designed to initiate the
discipleships process, which will enable young people to function as Christians
in their society, applying spiritual principles to relationships in the family,
local church, their vocation and the wider community.
“Teen Challenge endeavours to help
people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted,
physically well and spiritually alive,” he added.
According to programmed founders,
“As addicts learn how to effectively deal with their problems through the assistance
of the programme, they will be equipped to adjust socially and become productive
members of the community.”
The founders added that their
experience with international Teen Challenge programmes had revealed that many
of the symptoms addicts exhibit are indicative of deeper problems and
conflicts, and that this endeavour would offer opportunities to learn how to
work through relationship problems with their peers and with their families.
Additionally, individuals will
learn to apply “healthy and loving” character qualities to their everyday
lives, as well as how to re-enter society and conduct themselves in a manner
that is in keeping with the standards of society.
The Cayman Teen Challenge will also
provide trained and qualified in-house facilitators who will work with each
resident on an individual basis.
Mr. Boucher said the programme will
offer outreach, education, recovery and re-entry.
The Teen Challenge philosophy began
in 1958, when the Reverend David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the
Switchblade went to Brooklyn, New York, to work among drug addicts and street
gangs. Today, it is one of America’s largest and most successful faith-based
drug and alcohol recovery programmes and claims a success rate of 80 per cent.
It has been lauded by former US presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
The programme has grown to include
centres in more than 80 countries worldwide, and Reverend Wilkerson’s book has
sold millions of copies and has been made into a movie.