For people who just can’t help themselves from grabbing things they don’t own, there is a new opportunity to get some free help. Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 3336 Lake Street will offer another opportunity for individuals to participate in Compulsive Shoplifters Anonymous (CSA) sponsored by Douglas County Community Mental Health Center, modeled after Douglas County’s highly successful program held at Bergan Mercy Medical Center.
The new program at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church will meet from 6-7 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Oct. 3. Anyone interested in attending is asked to go to the lower level parking by the Fellowship Hall and look for the “CSA Meeting” sign.
Metro area officials handle about 6,000 shoplifting cases a year, and that doesn’t count those individuals stopped for smaller amounts when police are not called. For repeat offenders, the problem of shoplifting is nothing short of an addiction.
In other jurisdictions it has been demonstrated that those who have attended the meetings for more than one year virtually stop their behavior. It is not unusual for theft offenders to otherwise be honest and steal due to underlying emotional issues or conflicts.
Meetings are free and open to anyone who wants to attend. For more information, contact Jeri Schaben at the Douglas County Community Mental Health Center, 444-5200. The Compulsive Shoplifters Anonymous program at Bergan Mercy is presented from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays.