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Drug Court offers help for addicts

First as a participant, then as a mentor, I have watched participants of Nevada County Drug Court for four years. There are those who are not ready to change, but there are numerous graduates who have gone on to stay clean and be productive members of society.

While I believe that people who commit violent crimes should be prosecuted accordingly, a segment of society thinks every addict should be locked up. They believe addiction is simply a moral decision. Perhaps if they understood there are effective resources to help addicts and their families enter recovery, they would see things differently.

The addict, his or her family and the community are better served by offering treatment to users who do not commit violent crimes. After all, the cost of treatment is a fraction of the cost of incarceration.

But it has been said that programs like Drug Court are a waste of taxpayers’ money. Tell that to my children. Four years ago, I was an addicted IV drug user, well on my way to prison. Thanks to Drug Court and Community Recovery Resources, I’ll have four years clean of meth in April, and my daughters got their mom back. There really is hope.

Christine Blankenship

Grass Valley

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