Escaping vaping

(Emily Thurlow) Tim Walsh, outdoor educator, recovery coach trainer and founder of Bantam, Connecticut-based Adventure Recovery, led teens from Railroad Street Youth Project on a recent surf of the Housatonic River.

GREAT BARRINGTON — What if, instead of substances, youth could be redirected to rock climbing?

That’s the hope for Railroad Street Youth Project.

The Great Barrington-based organization has partnered with Adventure Recovery to provide a recovery-focused program, guiding people between the ages of 14 and 25, through the external and internal wilderness.

Utilizing outdoor skills as foundational resources for growth, Adventure Recovery immerses youth in adventures on the trail, in the river and in the woods.

Still in its early stages, the pilot program has been set up in a way, so that when students at Mount Everett Regional High School and/or Monument Mountain Regional High School get caught vaping on school grounds they have two options: suspension or eight weeks with Adventure Recovery, said Chris Tucci, deputy director of Railroad Street Youth.

“Substance use is usually a response made to fill a need. Adventure Recovery provides another tool address stress, trauma and anxiety while in nature and connecting with other young folks,” he said.

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