Group Tries To Help Young People

Group tries to help young people

By Cari Gilkison, Special to the Globe

July 22, 1993

       Many people may not know this, but there is a meeting for teenagers in recovery from various problems, every Thursday night.  These meetings began on June 4.  They meet every Thursday night at The First United Methodist from seven until eight.

“Teenagers in Recovery is a meeting for young people who have a desire to recover from chemical dependency, no matter what side of the fence they are on,” Paul Dennis, founder, explains.

Dennis is recovering from alcohol abuse himself and has been involved with AA for nearly two years.

“I saw a great need for recovery meetings for young people.  I guess in starting one it has helped my own recovery,” he says.

Dennis supervises the meetings along with Debbie Napier, but the teens run the open discussions.  It is a combination of AA and Ala-Teen.

Chairman Vickie Davis, who is sixteen years old, saw the same need as Paul Dennis, so she became involved.  “As chairman of Teenagers in Recovery, I hope to bring more teens that are in need of support to this group,” she stated.

It has been this kind of support that has made this group possible.  “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of higher power and lot of friends,” Dennis admits.

“After I came up with the idea, I went over to Galion and witnessed a Teenagers in Recovery meeting there.  Then I thought it would be great to hold a similar meeting here in Shelby.  I had Pastor (Lyle) Hinkle bring in front of the board of trustees.  It was approved, so it became official.”

Though official, it still remains unknown to the people who might gain something from it.  This article was written in the hopes to reach these people in the community.  Only a few people attend now, but there it is there for anyone who needs the support, or a place to talk.  There are no fees or obligations.

The next meeting is tonight at the First United Method Church beginning at 7pm.

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About carilynn27

Reading and writing and writing about reading are my passion. I've been keeping a journal since I was 14. I also write fiction and poetry. I published my first collection of short stories, "Radiant Darkness" in 2000. I followed that up with my first collection of poetry in 2001 called "Journey without a Map." In 2008, I published "Persephone's Echo" another collection of poetry. Since then I've also published Emotional Espionage, The Way The Story Ended, My Perfect Drug and Out There. I have my BA in English from The Ohio State University at Mansfield and my MA in English Lit from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also have my Post BA Certificate in Women's Studies. I am the mother of two beautiful children. :-)
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