For more than two decades, those needing help overcoming their addictions have been able to get help through Mahoning County’s Felony Drug Court.
Wednesday morning, family and friends filled Judge John Durkin’s courtroom for a graduation celebration for the seven people who’ve completed the program.
The program requires participants to go through intensive drug recovery, stay clean and sober and get jobs.
Speaker Kim Scotchie said to never ever give up on themselves.
“It’s so hard for us to forgive ourselves. But you can’t give up. You can’t give up one bit because it’s gonna come. If you wait long enough the recovery’s gonna come and that love’s gonna come,” she said.
Those who complete the Drug Court program have their felony cases dismissed.
Scotchie tells us she’s been in recovery almost 30 years now and credits those involved with the Drug Court program for helping her during this “journey” as she calls it.