Kevin* was referred to YOS by the Juvenile Justice Department Drug Court Program. When he first attended his counseling sessions, he came with classic denial and was resistant to the treatment process. However, Kevin also demonstrated a great ability for resilience.
The first step was to improve his attendance. Once Kevin was regularly attending appointments his counselor began working to change his attitude and outlook which would further facilitate treatment and positive changes in Kevin’s life.
Slowly Kevin’s outlook changed and his counselor started to see an increase in his determination to make positive changes. After a lot of hard work Kevin had his first clean drug test. From there he has gone on to make many important alterations. His YOS counselor Kelly Mitchell describes him as an “honor student” at YOS. Kelly added that Kevin now has perfect attendance, is consistently passing his drug tests and “most notably, has developed a positive overall disposition and outlook on life. “
Kevin will soon be successfully discharged and has made plans for the future. This fall he will reenroll in high school, where his goal is to use his new positive outlook to succeed in school. After completing high school, Kevin is considering a career as a psychiatrist where he hopes to help others who are in situations similar to his have a positive outcome.
*Name changed to protect the identity of youth