Who are Our Members
The Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni is composed of graduates and participants of the Anchorage Therapeutic Courts.
I am a July 2010 graduate of Anchorage Wellness Court. Shortly after I began WC I was blessed as an expectant mother. Since graduation I have overcome relapse, family losses, an unhealthy relationship, custody court and co-dependence. All the while Anchorage Alumni has been my main connection to sobriety as well as AA. Many days were difficult to stay clean and with the support offered by the Alumni group or support groups offered by WC I was able to reach for a helping hand. The hardest part has been putting my pride aside and asking for help. I am attending Charter College full-time for my Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Technology. My degree program will be complete on October 22, 2011. With my courses coming to an end I am searching for a new way of spending my time.
The Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni meets the first Wednesday and the third Thursday at 6pm at Holy Family Cathedral.
Holy Family Cathedral
800 West 5th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
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Mentoring & Sponsorship
Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni is able to provide mentoring and sponsorship in various area including alcohol and addiction.
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Partners for Progress
Partners for Progress is an Alaskan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to support therapeutic justice throughout Alaska’s Criminal Justice System.
The root cause of much of the crime in Alaska is the drug and alcohol addiction of the offenders. In the words of Judge Jim Wanamaker who started Alaska’s first therapeutic court in 1999, ‘To stop addiction-based crime, get the alcohol and drugs out of the offender.’
Since then, therapeutic courts have shown that combining addiction treatment with the coercion and structure of the Justice System can break the pattern of repeated addiction-fueled crime that is usual for those who go through traditional incarceration.
The ‘ripple effect’ of the recovery of an addicted offender can be seen in every therapeutic courtroom. Babies are born without Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Children are restored to responsible parents. Employers are appreciative of sober employees, and people who once were failures gain self-respect and a sense of responsibility.
Through therapeutic justice, Alaska’s Criminal Justice System can protect the public in a way that lasts beyond a term of incarceration.