Pictured, from left: Judge Jim Wilbanks, Superior Court; Lisa O’Neal, Drug Court; Rosafay Lawson, Drug Court; Nick Vandiver, Chris Hicks, WCSO; Krista Dyer, Matthew Kumnick, Dalton Police Dept.; Amanda Miller, Cynthia Miranda, Drug Court; Jesse Stewart, WCSO; and Eric Green, Terry Sosebee, Drug Court.
The Conasauga Drug Court announces the graduation of four individuals from the drug court program last Thursday.
The 24-month program is designed for non-violent offenders struggling with addiction, and provides a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation. Those in the program receive counseling and have access to other support services. Graduates have shown commitment to overcoming addiction and making positive changes in their lives, officials said.
“Addiction is a life destroyer, and can be a death sentence for a lot of people,” said Superior Court Judge Jim Wilbanks during the ceremony.
“We are fighting a war against drugs, and this is our effort to do something with this program.”
The graduation ceremony took place at the Whitfield County Courthouse and was attended by family members, friends and representatives from the community. The graduates received certificates of completion and were recognized for their hard work and dedication.
One graduation requirement is to write a letter to Judge Wilbanks and the drug court team.
“You (Judge Wilbanks) and your staff believed in me even before I could believe in myself,” said one of the drug court graduates, Eric Green, while reading his letter.
"The Conasauga Drug Court would like to extend its congratulations to the graduates, Krista Dyer, Eric Green, Amanda Miller and Nick Vandiver. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors, and we would also like to thank the community for its continued support," officials said.
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