May is National Drug Court Month
The Franklin County Good Wolf Treatment Court will be joining more than 3,000 treatment courts nationwide in celebrating 30 years of breaking the cycle of addiction.
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May is National Drug Court Month. Franklin County’s Good Wolf Treatment Court will be joining more than 3,000 treatment courts nationwide in celebrating 30 years of breaking the cycle of addiction that all too often results in a revolving door through the justice system. Drug Court participants voluntarily submit to drug & alcohol assessments and actively engage in recommended treatment to help contribute to their success in their recovery. Treatment courts continue to prove that a combination of accountability, engagement, honesty, treatment, and lifestyle changes will save lives while reducing the associated costs related to involvement in the justice system.
Good Wolf Treatment Court began on April 6, 2017 in response to the opioid epidemic experienced in Franklin County. Since that time, 57 participants have entered into this voluntary program. Good Wolf Treatment Court requires participants to successfully complete five phases in a minimum of 14 months in order to graduate. Participants attend regular court sessions, submit to random drug testing, and attend treatment and recovery support meetings while under community supervision through probation services. Honesty is the key component of Good Wolf Treatment Court and participants can receive incentives and sanctions that coincide with their behaviors.
To date, five participants have successfully graduated from the program; there are several more participants on track to graduate in the upcoming months. In the words of our first graduate - “Being a part of drug court has helped me in so many ways. It gave me a second chance at life. Without it I would have spent a large chunk of time in prison. People that I once looked at as my enemies; such as, judges, district attorneys and parole officers are some of the most influential people in my life today. I owe so much to drug court. By staying clean and being a productive member of society, I am able to repay them. These are some of the many things I have learned while in the program. Today I live by a motto that inspires me to do better - You can if you will.”
Court sessions include accountability, phase progression, celebration, and tears. Participant’s family and community members show their support by attending court sessions on a regular basis.
For information on Good Wolf Treatment Court, please contact Sue Davis, Treatment Court Coordinator, at 717-261-3848 ext. 27216.
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