Commencement celebration for Drug court and Veterans treatment court.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A commencement celebration will be held for Forrest and Perry County Adult Drug and DUI court as well as Veterans treatment court.

The celebration starts at 4 p.m. Monday at the Lake Terrace Convention Center.

The drug court participants celebrated their accomplishment with all of their loved ones, who have supported them throughout the journey to sobriety. It's an alternative route for drug offenders who face jail time, a way to change the course of their lives for the better. The program takes about three years to complete and in most cases clears the offender's record. Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich said that the drug court family is a big part of the participant's success.

"That's one of the reason's it is successful. We put them together so often and they have to change people places and things. They become their own support group because they are together so often," said Bob Helfrich, 12th Circuit Judge

The graduates will celebrate their success of completing the program with a resonating quote, "Because when the cycle of addiction is broken and a family is reunited, we all rise."

"It's a brand new start for my life, I thank God first of all, because it's the beginning of my life and not the end," said Angela Polk, graduate

The 12th Circuit Drug Court program was founded in October 2003. it is one of the largest drug courts in the state with 278 people enrolled.

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