'Nature' draws Cape Cod drug and alcohol treatment center for boys to Warren
Beginning Dec. 1, the Penikese School, part of the New Hampshire-based Becket Family of Services, will operate out of the organization's facility at the Baker Valley Treatment Center in Warren, according to Becket CEO Jay Wolter.
Warren is a perfect setting for the Penikese School, Wolter said, for several reasons. It's close to the Mountain Valley Treatment Center in Haverhill, an affiliate of the Penikese School, so students can make use of the 2,000-acre campus, which has ropes courses, environmental science programs and other opportunities for learning. But the Warren campus also has one of the most important components of Becket's vision for helping youth: Nature.
Getting kids outside helps them become grounded as they seek respite from their addictions and the issues that lead them to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, Wolter said.
Beginning Dec. 1, Penikese North, as it's being called, will begin accepting students. The school accommodates a maximum of 10 boys.
"We've consciously decided to have small, specialized programs, and we're not looking to get bigger," Wolter said.
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