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Three new James Valley Drug and DUI Court graduates celebrate sobriety

The James Valley Drug and DUI Court celebrated the successes of three individuals who’ve worked to turn their lives around while fighting addiction.

Robert, Mark and Tanisha are the 22nd, 23rd and 24th graduates of the program which started in 2013 as an alternative to incarceration.

Keynote speaker Judge Gordon Swanson praised the three for their commitment to sobriety. “One of our graduates has continued to help his wife raise their four kids and attend their events,” said Swanson. “One has given birth to a drug-free baby girl and plans to raise her own kids instead of leaving them to be brought up by others. One has completed his GED, got his driver’s license and is taking care of his kids too.”

Judge Gordon Swanson praises the accomplishments of three new Drug and DUI Court graduates.

He reminded attendees while these accomplishments may sound routine to many, they’re not for those battling addiction.

Graduate Tanisha thanked the Drug Court team for supporting and encouraging her through several relapses on her road to sobriety. “The last time I relapsed it wasn’t good, things have changed,” said Tanisha. “It no longer feels normal to be high.” She added she’s going to use her best efforts to remain sober and raise her children.

Drug and DUI Court graduate Tanisha shares her journey to sobriety as Judge Gordon Swanson looks on.

Swanson also announced Robert, Mark and Tanisha have collectively 1,211 days of documented, continuous sobriety.