Monday, May 20, 2013
The Charlestown Addiction Recovery Treatment program provides an alternative for individuals struggling with substance abuse.
A new court program operating in Charlestown aims to help people struggling with substance abuse gain access to treatment and move on with their lives. Established by the Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court and its Probation Department, in partnership with the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, the Charlestown Addiction Recovery Treatment (CHART) program is a specialized court session that helps people on probation who suffer with chronic substance abuse. As an alternative to prison, these individuals voluntarily participate in court-stipulated drug treatment. The CHART program follows a successful drug court model in Chelsea, where individuals are sentenced to intensive court supervision, mandatory drug testing, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Around 200 Charlestown residents turned out for a candlelight ceremony Wednesday night honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
The people of Charlestown honored their city and remembered the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Wednesday in Eden Park with candles, prayer and music, including a version of “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes. “We’re all here and we’re going to get through this,” Townie Association member and Charlestown resident Sean Boyle told the crowd of several hundred. “They messed with the wrong city. It’s Boston. You know what I mean—we’re tough. We’re all proud to be American; we all live here in the birthplace of freedom, right where it all started.” The event was organized quickly by the Townie Association, the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition and Charlestown Against Drugs and included prayers by Father Dan Mahoney of St. Francis de …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Individuals can help the relatives of Clinton MacDougall by donating online.
A Charlestown family coping with the sudden death of their son and brother is in need of some community support to pay for funeral costs. Clinton MacDougall, 29, died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012, after struggling with addiction, according to friend Shannon Lundin. Lundin, who works as community outreach coordinator for the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, set up a web page to raise funds to help MacDougall's family during this difficult time. “Clinton was a a young, loyal, loving man who had struggles but always showed the true meaning of family and friendship,” Lundin wrote on the web page. Available at gofundme.com, the web page allows people to make donations of any amount toward the goal of raising $3,000 for MacDougall’s …
Friday, November 18, 2011
A community health assessment is underway in Charlestown and organizers are seeking input from you. Here's a summary of what the assessment means.
How can Charlestown become a healthier place to live, work and play? There will be a community meeting on Dec. 1, where organizers hope to hear answers to that question. The meeting is part of a community health assessment, sponsored by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and coordinated, in part, by the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition. This following is the first in a series of interviews with community leaders in Charlestown who will discuss the Community Health Assessment. This interview is with Joan Quinlan, executive director of the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement. The interview was submitted by the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition. What is a community health …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Charlestown Recovery House will give Judy Evers the first-ever Peter Looney award during this year's annual fundraiser.
Every year, for the past five years, supporters of the Charlestown Recovery House have recognized the resource it provides to the community with a big fundraising party. This year, for the first time, organizers of the annual event have decided to give a community service award away -- and they've dedicated in the name of the late Peter Looney. It seemed fitting, they decided, to gift the inaugural prize to Judy Evers -- a longtime local activist who, like Looney did, has had a hand in dozens of community initiatives over the years. Evers will be recognized during the Recovery House fundraiser on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus. (You can get more info on the fundraiser and tickets here.) As far as Jim Travers, president of …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Need Help Talking with Your Teen About Drugs? Connect2Prevent is inviting Charlestown parents and teens to participate in a new program, help make a difference -- and earn $25 at the same time.
Editor's Note: Patch published this release from CSAC over the summer. The organization is still looking for support in this survey, so I'm running it again with the hopes of helping them out. Have you ever wondered how to start a conversation about drugs with your teen? Have you wished you had more information about drugs? Communication about sensitive topics can feel hard. Connect2Prevent, a project funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, is partnering with the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) to develop an online program to support parents in communicating with teens about alcohol and other drugs. Your opinion matters. According to the 2009 Charlestown Youth Health Survey, youth who thought their parents would …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sarah Coughlin recently joined Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition as its youth prevention director.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sarah Coughlin recently joined the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC) as youth prevention director. Coughlin is a licensed social worker and the former district based clinical social worker for Youth Connect in Charlestown. In her new position, Coughlin oversees all aspects of implementing the All Stars and LifeSkills Curricula in the Warren Prescott and the Clarence Edwards Schools in Charlestown. She also will help run all of CSAC’s Youth Prevention efforts and activities. Currently she is recruiting Charlestown parents and their youth to participate in a survey that will help to create an online resource for parents on how to communicate with your youth around challenging subjects such as substance abuse. “CSAC is pleased to …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Participants gathered and City Hall early Monday and marched to the Statehouse for a full day of presentations and testimonies about recovery.
Advocates, politicians, community members in recovery and families touched by substance abuse gathered downtown on Monday for an annual Recovery Month event. Representatives from Charlestown participated in the rally, including Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition.