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January 16, 2013

Rogers County Drug Court impacts recovery

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These clients are met with a firm hand and Condren does not waste time explaining the full consequences for their actions.
There are consequences for missing appointments, including simply being late for urine tests, according to Condren.
“What is it going to take for you? You seem to be screaming send me to prison, send me to prison,” Condren said to one young woman.
That woman has been sober for 29 days and is struggling with relapse.
Condren works to make each participant see the benefit of the program, but more importantly the value in themselves.
The court promotes community service and community involvement. 
One participant spoke about taking his family to deliver gifts in low-income communities in Tulsa. 
Others spoke of church programs and work with the area angel trees.
Many of the participants are working on improving their lives through education.
Some are currently perusing educational opportunities at local technology centers or community colleges.
“So many people start the program and think their life is over because they can’t drink or do drugs,” Condren said.
Graduates in the program stay connected through the alumni program, which aids long-term recovery, according to Condren.
Condren is just one of many people working in the drug court program in an effort to help drug addicts find recovery.
“You have to want to make this change in your life,” Condren said.

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