Kids & Drugs & Rock & Roll

At the Crossroads Program in Chesterfield, teen sobriety is supposed to be fun. It's also expensive -- and not everyone's buying.

But the biggest change, says Szachta, is his new Bridging the Gap group: a five-week program aimed at helping clients adjust to life outside Crossroads.

"We could stay engaged and kind of soothe that connection, but the whole idea is to end that connection, the whole idea is to graduate and to move on," Szachta says. "We want to try to be as helpful as we can there, but be as helpful as we can while letting go -- because the whole idea is to let go."

The eye of the storm: Some say Crossroads owner 
Frank Szachta is a godsend; others say he's made a 
deal with the devil.
Anthony Camera
The eye of the storm: Some say Crossroads owner Frank Szachta is a godsend; others say he's made a deal with the devil.
Within weeks of entering the program, Aimee 
Moreland had moved in with another Crossroads 
family.
Becca Young
Within weeks of entering the program, Aimee Moreland had moved in with another Crossroads family.

The way he sees it, the program is constantly evolving. And, he'd like to think, improving. "We've got more staff, they're better staff, they're better trained and more experienced than they were five years ago," he says. "Hopefully in five years this will look like the Dark Ages."

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