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January 16, 2013

Rogers County Drug Court impacts recovery

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CLAREMORE —

“I was raised without a dad because he was in prison I don’t want my daughter to go thru the same thing,” he said.
He pleads to the court, not to be removed from his accountability, but for advice on how to deal with the situation.
Condren is patient and kind as she explains that he has learned to cope and overcome. Despite the challenges, he will find a way to survive and continue his recovery.
The judge is understanding but firm, always explaining that the participants are responsible for their own lives.
She challenges them to know specifically how many days they have been sober, as a reminder of where they have been and where they are going.
After only 15 minutes,many different stories were told.
Many echoed the same sentiment, “It feels good to do the right thing, be responsible.”
One father talked about his relationship with his children. The children did not have the opportunity to have a father, when he was using drugs.
“I am more responsible now. I own a home. I am better father and have a better relationship with my family now after being two years sober,” the father said.
Many participants talked about the success that comes with working for a living. They spoke with excitement about being employed full-time or even being promoted to management.
Getting a drivers license and paying the bills may seem normal to most, but these participants see them as milestones on the road to recovery.
Condren delights in the accomplishments of the participants as she helps them work towards a goal.
Overcoming drug addiction allows them to becoming active and productive in society.
Some participants do not want to accept their addiction or the program’s strict rules.
Some participants miss appointment or have diluted urine tests in efforts to avoid testing positive for drug use.

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