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Giving thanks: Drug court graduates have much to celebrate

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - For David Alexander, getting clean and sober has been a long journey.

He's been drinking since he was a teenager. But now, he's one of seven graduates in the latest class of the Linn County Drug Treatment Court Program.

"You start caring about yourself and your life, and I truly believe that 'care' is a big word in recovery," said Alexander.

Clients in the program meet regularly with a judge, substance abuse counselors, and others.

"All you have to do is ask for help," said Alexander. "They'll give it to you."

It's a last chance for people whose addictions brought them into the criminal justice system.

Months ago, the graduates had to make a choice -- go through drug treatment court or go to prison. That theme of making good decisions really carries through the whole program.

"They can live their lives in a different way by changing the way that they think and by changing the way that they make decisions," said Fae Hoover-Grinde, Sixth Judicial District Judge.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of the graduates shared one thought.

"I'm so thankful for drug court," said Sarah Fetter, as she teared up during her speech.

Following graduation, the group of seven people are supposed to continue making better choices.

Alexander says the program inspired him to pursue a new career: He wants to help others make it through the same program that helped him.

"I want to go back to be a substance abuse counselor and help other people," said Alexander.
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