Posted on January 02, 2018 10:06
Annette Davis celebrated her graduation from the Jefferson County Drug Court last week after two years in the program.
Davis started Drug Court in Nov. 2015, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Community Corrections office and the Drug Court, which detailed Davis’s story and her graduation.
Throughout the five phases of the program she called every day to see if she had been chosen for a drug screen. All Drug Court participants are randomly selected to provide drug screens twice a week. She also had to meet with her Drug Court case manager twice a week and attend Drug Court sessions every Wednesday.
“Drug Court is not easy. You have to want it. If you want it, you can do it,” Davis told the courtroom during her graduation. Many of the Drug Court members now expressed thanks to Davis for being a role model to them and for giving them words of advice as they started the program.
As a member of Drug Court, Davis followed the Jefferson County Adult Treatment Train, a systematic approach to providing a variety of services to participants involved in the criminal justice system. She completed intensive outpatient substance-abuse treatment, a relapse-prevention group, attended individual therapy, completed the Rural Works program and a woman’s cognitive-behavioral program through Community Corrections. Davis met her obligations while working full-time and being involved in the recovery community.
“This community needs to see faces of those who have made it. I hope you stay connected and be a voice for others who need programs like this to get themselves well,” said Amber Finnegan, the Drug Court Coordinator for Davis.
In September 2015, Davis was arrested for felony drug possession and had the choice of spending more than two years in prison or completing the drug court program. If she did not complete Drug Court, she would have gone to prison, but since she completed Drug Court successfully, her felony conviction was dismissed and is no longer on her record.
Davis said the thing that helped her the most in Drug Court was the ability to be able to open up and tell her struggles to those who could help her without the fear of getting in trouble.
“You have made a complete transformation from when you started Drug Court to now. We are all very proud of your accomplishments,” said Jefferson County Superior Court Judge Michael Hensley, who oversees the Drug Court Program.
To learn more about the Jefferson County Drug Court Program visit www.jeffersoncommunitycorrections.com.