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What do your friends and family think of your being in drug court?

Seattle

  • [My family] loves it. My daughter. . . . I couldn’t be around her and my grandkids. Now I stay with her and my grandkids and she talks about the difference in me. And she’s glad I’m in drug court.

  • My brother . . . we got caught at the same time and he opted out of drug court and now he’s on methadone and private pay. He’s really the only family I have. Well, actually, I’ve been talking to my dad a lot and he’s really proud of me.

  • I been in treatment prior to ’91 and ’95 and I’ve been with the same man for 14 years, give or take a few times that I went out on the streets for a few years. He didn’t like the AA approach or the outpatient approach or anything like that, but see, once I got into drug court, he had to accept it, and now he’s all good with it. So it got to the point he had to accept it and I’m glad.

  • My stepfather didn’t talk to me for 22 years. Now it’s really fun. All that changed.

  • Well, I still haven’t told some people. A lot of my friends that I have known all my life are addicts. When I feel like I’m not going to get judged, then I’ll say it.

  • I don’t say anything about it. I’m proud, don’t get me wrong. I don’t need to go to work and say I got 5 years and such or drug court, but if they ask me, I’ll be honest and say I’m trying to get my life back together.

  • Well, it’s work and school. My instructor at college almost right away I told her I was involved. She was very, very supportive . . . and came to my graduation, and that was totally cool. It meant a lot to me.

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An Honest Chance: Perspectives on Drug Courts April 2002