The “stars” of this documentary produced recently in the Roanoke Valley are black and white, male and female, older and younger.
They probably look like your friends and neighbors.
What they have in common is each of their lives spiraled out of control and into crime because of addiction.
Now, each is sober and productive thanks to drug court, a program that began here and has spread across the commonwealth over the past 15 years.
As certain state lawmakers make an attempt to cut funding for that program, its graduates are speaking out and telling their stories in the documentary, “The Arrest is Only the Beginning – How Virginia Drug Courts Succeed.”
The DVD has been distributed to our state lawmakers in Richmond. And you can see it above.
- There’s the three-decade heroin addict, now in his 50s, who’s been in recovery since 2000 and now has a master’s degree and is a drug counselor.
- And a small business owner who employs 12. She got into cocaine in her 30s and used to spend weekends alone at home, with the blinds drawn, smoking crack.
- And the young woman who got hooked as a college student. She’s now a registered nurse.
Their names are not important for this column, although they’re in the video.
What is important is the story they tell about what saved them from prison and their formerly addicted selves.
It was drug court.