Heard at the May, 2011, Adult Drug Court graduation in San Bernardino County:
- Thank you, Judge, for giving me a scare…I got scared straight. I don’t ever want to end up in a courtroom again. Thanks for keeping it real! My life was miserable, hectic and rough. Life before Drug Court was unbelievably scandalous and self-serving.
- Drug Court gave me my life back. I used to live in a friend’s garage. No heat, no plumbing, just a place to get out of the sun and the rain. What I used to call my life were dark, hopeless days. Drug Court showed me a different way of life. It gave me goals.
- I couldn’t change my life by myself. Drug Court gave me the guidance and structure I needed. Over time gained the strength and the focus I needed.
- Life is too short to do things without passion.
“I can promise you from my own experience that Drug Court does save lives and dreams and brings hope back into the lives of many addicts who wouldn’t be clean and sober without it. I thank God for drug court everyday.” Cheyenne Bryant
“Before the Drug Court program I was homeless and hopeless. I had no plans and no desire to live. I’ve learned that I never want to live that way again, and that I don’t have to as long as I stay connected to my support group and the 12-step program. Also, I have learned how to ask for help when I need it and that I deserve a better life and how to pursue that dream.” GT
“Drug Court has helped me to be an honest & sober person because every time I lied, I eventually go caught. I had realized that I just got tired of doing all this. I had changed by not using any drugs or drinking on my 17th birthday. I chose to stay sober on my birthday. A year ago I did not stay sober.” BL
“The Drug Court and OPTIONS Program has meant a lot to me. Both programs have ha d a helping hand in saving my life. I honestly don’t think I would still be here if these programs hadn’t stepped in when they did.” RS
“Today I have choices. I’m no longer imprisoned by alcohol & drugs. This life is abundant with opportunities & I now have the freedom and ability to choose how & where I want to live, doing the footwork to reach goal.” MB
“I really do feel lucky, I wanted recovery, just didn’t know how to get help. Drug Court gave me the help I wanted. I wanted recovery so bad I did this whole program without one sanction! That was a goal I set my first week in the program. I can’t say enough about the Drug Court program. I just thank you all.” CT