Seventeen people convicted of drug crimes are getting a second chance after graduating from the recovery court program Tuesday.
Those graduating have completed at least two years in either the adult criminal drug court or the Healthy, Engaged, and Living Sober court. Tuesday, they got to celebrate their successes in changing their lives.
“I’ve seen my own life change,” Daniel Hugill with The Phoenix said. “I went from just getting out of prison to having structure that’s allowed me to get a job. I work, obviously, for The Phoenix. I’ve got a house. I’m a homeowner now. I’ve got a car. I have a great girlfriend, Nicole. I’ve just taken a lot of positive steps. I’ve been getting certified, I’ve been doing steps to become a certified addictions counselor. I’m a recovery coach. I’m a fitness instructor. It’s a lot of very positive things.”
The recovery court program requires participants to work, complete community service, pay court costs and restitution, and complete at least two years of addiction treatment.