Drug Court Holds Its First Graduation CeremonyMarch 2010
The Cherokee Circuit Drug Court, which serves Bartow and Gordon County, held its first Graduation Ceremony last month! This program has been in operation for nearly two years, and has served an estimated 70 participants to date. This first graduation ceremony was held in Bartow County, with the second ceremony scheduled to be held in Gordon County during this month.
The Cherokee Judicial Circuit Drug Intervention Program is a five-phase intervention program for adults who have pled guilty to one or more non-violent felony drug-related offenses, and who are having difficulty staying clean and sober. It is a collaborative effort between the Superior Court, District Attorney's Office, Probation Office, Public Defender, Local Law Enforcement Agencies and Substance Abuse Treatment Providers. The program involves frequent court appearances, random drug testing, and group and individual counseling. Participants must commit at least 18 months to the program. Judge Scott Smith presides over the court and meets with the participants every Friday.
Drug Court is held every Friday, rotating between Gordon and Bartow Counties. For more information on the program, please call the Program Coordinator, Melissa Knight at (770) 606-5751.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available for CAM’s Run for Recovery
CAM’s First Annual Run for Recovery is only two months away and there are still opportunities available for to you to participate. Sponsorship opportunities are available through March 15th! The run is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010. Our theme is “There is Hope in Recovery”.
Despite the prevalence of substance use disorders in the United States, substance use disorders are treatable diseases and achieving recovery is possible! This event will showcase the commitment and efforts of people in recovery from substance use disorders, and celebrate the empowerment and renewed outlook on life obtained through recovery. The funds raised from this event will allow CAM to expand its substance abuse prevention programs into more middle schools and high schools in Calhoun/Gordon county, continue its efforts to raise the awareness in the community about the dangers of Meth and other addictive drugs, and support local ongoing treatment and recovery efforts. For more information about sponsorship rates, click here or call our office at (706) 624-8417.