BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Teen Challenge looks like any other thrift store, but workers inside are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
The items donated to the thrift store fund the Teen Challenge Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program. RayVohn Boone joined the program in 2008 with a long list of addictions. “PCP and drinking and smoking weed and in and out of jail at one point in my life,” said Boone.
Boone was in the program for years, but slipped back. However, he was determined to get his life back on track and get off of drugs and alcohol.
“I hit a bump in the road and I got a DUI and they had to let me know because obviously it is a drug program so they have zero tolerance,” said Boone. “Everyday when I wake up, it is a new day to do the right thing.”
Boone is going through the rehab program and is working two jobs. “I actually work here during the day and I have a part-time job. I work at Big Y in the evening,” added Boone.
Carlos Flores, who has gone through the program, now coaches other students.
“After the 15 months a lot of them stay on the apprenticeship. They stay on and become part of [the] staff but they’re not real staff and they help with direction and supervision of the students that are in the program,” said Carlos Flores. “If you finish the 15 months, there is an 84 percent success rate in our program.”
Boone has some advice for those who think a loved one needs help. “Watch out for the signs of changes in behavior. Changes in eating habits. Changes in the way they dress and their hygiene,” said Boone.