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Rogers County Drug Court impacts recovery

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013

Many echoed the same sentiment, “It feels good to do the right thing, be responsible.”

One father talked about his relationship with his children. The children did not have the opportunity to have a father, when he was using drugs.

“I am more responsible now. I own a home. I am better father and have a better relationship with my family now after being two years sober,” the father said.

Many participants talked about the success that comes with working for a living. They spoke with excitement about being employed full-time or even being promoted to management.

Getting a drivers license and paying the bills may seem normal to most, but these participants see them as milestones on the road to recovery.

Condren delights in the accomplishments of the participants as she helps them work towards a goal.

Overcoming drug addiction allows them to becoming active and productive in society.

Some participants do not want to accept their addiction or the program’s strict rules.

Some participants miss appointment or have diluted urine tests in efforts to avoid testing positive for drug use.

These clients are met with a firm hand and Condren does not waste time explaining the full consequences for their actions.

There are consequences for missing appointments, including simply being late for urine tests, according to Condren.

“What is it going to take for you? You seem to be screaming send me to prison, send me to prison,” Condren said to one young woman.

That woman has been sober for 29 days and is struggling with relapse.

Condren works to make each participant see the benefit of the program, but more importantly the value in themselves.

The court promotes community service and community involvement.

One participant spoke about taking his family to deliver gifts in low-income communities in Tulsa.

Others spoke of church programs and work with the area angel trees.

Many of the participants are working on improving their lives through education.

Some are currently perusing educational opportunities at local technology centers or community colleges.

“So many people start the program and think their life is over because they can’t drink or do drugs,” Condren said.

Graduates in the program stay connected through the alumni program, which aids long-term recovery, according to Condren.

Condren is just one of many people working in the drug court program in an effort to help drug addicts find recovery.

“You have to want to make this change in your life,” Condren said.