Participants who have completed a highly successful drug rehabilitation program celebrated the beginning of a new life following Drug Court graduation Friday night. The graduates received a powerful motivational message from guest speaker State Sen. Josh Brecheen.
“You need to have a new perception from this day forward,” said Brecheen. “Rewire your brain to be exceptional and not mediocre, realize you are something special and as unique as a fingerprint.”
In addition to the graduates the audience included family members there to support their loved ones, Mayor Jerry Tomlinson, District Attorney Emily Redman County Commissioner Monty Montgomery and former drug court graduates.
Brecheen kept the audience’s attention with his dynamic energy as he paced up and down the aisle more like a preacher delivering a sermon. He told them to put aside the poor choices they have made in the past and be a new person from this day forward.
“This is a new chapter in your life,” he said. “Don’t let it be the end of the book.”
This was the 21st class to graduate since the program started here in 2004. A total of 121 people have been saved from the walls of prison and undergone a program to heal them from the addiction of drugs or alcohol. There were six graduates who successfully completed the program and as each on accepted their certificate they thanked the drug court team, counselors and others who have helped them succeed.
Receiving certificates of completion were, George Butler, Vicki Carter, David McCurdy, Brandy Tucker and two others who wished to remain anonymous.