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Two graduate from Jefferson County Drug Court program
Courier Staff Report
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:00 AM
Jefferson Superior Court Judge Alison Frazier is pictured above with recent Jefferson County Drug Court graduate Brad Raisor. Graduate Leta Eden is pictured below. (Submitted photos)
The Jefferson County Drug Court recently graduated Bradley Raisor and Leta Eden.
Brad Raisor, 32, is a lifelong Jefferson County resident and has battled addictions for over half of his life. Raisor said drug court saved his life, and he is grateful for having been given the opportunity. Raisor also believes drug court has heightened community awareness about addicts and the idea that they can recover if given the right chance and that their addictions do not make them bad people.
After two years without steady employment, Raisor obtained full-time employment shortly after enrolling in the program. After 20 months on the same job, he is now a line leader. Raisor believes the drug court helped him develop a strong work ethic, and for the first time, he now takes pride in the work that he performs.
Leta Eden, 29, believes the drug helped her redirect her life from a path of self-destruction to one where she is accountable for her actions and in control of her destiny. Eden credits a close family member for giving her an ultimatum to enter drug court. While she was admittedly resentful at first, she now has nothing but gratitude for being pushed into an opportunity to change her life.
Eden obtained employment shortly after beginning her participation in drug court, and has worked for the same employer for more than two years. She currently holds an assistant manager position in which she is responsible for supervising other employees and handling cash for her employer. Neither of these responsibilities was possible until Eden achieved and maintained her sobriety.
Jefferson Superior Court Judge Alison Frazier, who supervises the drug court, said that Eden has worked extremely hard to satisfy the drug court program requirements. She has blossomed into a determined and confident young woman and is now capable of achieving any goal she chooses to set for herself.
As for Raisor, Frazier said that she admires Raisor for his determination to succeed. He has overcome many obstacles and has become a reliable, pleasant and motivated person.
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