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Sublett graduates Jefferson County Drug Court program
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Kaity Sublett, 30, on Tuesday became the fourth graduate of the Jefferson County Drug Court. She started the program on May 10, 2011, and has now completed all program requirements.
Sublett entered the drug court recovering from an addiction to pain pills and illegal narcotics, said Superior Court Judge Alison Frazier, who coordinates the drug court. She has been drug-free for 17 months after a decade of substance abuse.
Sublett credits the drug court with helping her face her past fears and failures and with developing new attitudes and strategies to live a productive life. She now feels in control of her life and fully accountable for her actions. Sublett has reestablished a relationship with her three young children and has obtained steady, full-time employment.
Now that she is graduating, Sublett is motivated to make others aware of the nondiscriminatory nature of addiction. She is actively involved in an alumni group of recent drug court graduates who support each other and current drug court participants.
Sublett enjoyed the weekly court sessions because she received recognition of her accomplishments and motivation to continue.
Frazier said that Sublett's determination to achieve and maintain sobriety is evident in her words, actions, and daily life.
"She has earned the respect and admiration of the Court, the entire drug court team, and her peers. Kaity will undoubtedly be rewarded throughout her life for all of her efforts in the drug court program," Frazier said in a release.
I appreciate that the MC has been featuring stories of drug court graduates. The news so often is of drug-related arrests and it is nice to hear the success stories when some of those people beat their addictions. Judge Frazier and Amber Finnegan and everyone else involved in drug court are working hard to make the program successful. Sending some of these people to jail and prison might have deferred their crimes temporarily, but didn't do much to solve the long-term problem of addiction. I hope the community realizes how important this is and will support the efforts of local organizations that are working to help curb the substance abuse epidemic in our county. We just received $1 million to supplement local services, and if everyone will get behind this effort, we CAN see a drastic reduction in drug use and drug-related crimes.
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