Restorative justice for recovering addicts
from Katie Derosa's article in the Times Colonist:
Restorative justice is an alternative method of justice that involves offenders coming face to face with their victims and the larger community to repair the harm they’ve done. It is often used when dealing with young or first-time offenders, and keeps them out of the mainstream justice system in the hope they’ll turn their lives around.
Gillian Lindquist, co-ordinator of the Victoria Restorative Justice Society, says this same philosophy can be used to help recovering drug or alcohol addicts.
The person in recovery often needs to mend severely damaged relationships with family and loved ones, she said.
....The idea, Lindquist said, is for the person in recovery to face their family and friends, and make a sort of social contract with them on how to move forward with the relationships.
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