(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Kane County celebrated 20 years of drug rehabilitation court Thursday with a Zoom graduation ceremony for seven graduates of the 24-month program.
Wearing red graduation gowns, a Kane County judge showed photos of the day each of the seven was arrested. And then the judge showed their photos, as graduates of drug court.
The mission of The Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court is to serve the community by promoting positive behavioral change utilizing proven methods to increase public safety, according to its website.
On videos recorded earlier Thursday, the graduates shared what they’d gone through and where they are now, thanks to the program.
“I would drink before work, during work and after work. And I couldn’t hold a job,” said one graduate.
“I was always driving to the city every day to go pick up drugs," said another. "I would go home and sit in the basement and use all day and all night, never sleeping.”
“I got my family back," said a third. "That was a huge one for me. I made friends that actually care about me.”
Another shared how the program helped them retain their first job in almost a year and save money.
“I can wake up in the morning not trying to find drugs," they said. "I can wake up in the morning with a clear head.”
The judge leading The Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court said 879 people have graduated from the program in 20 years.