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4 Graduate Treatment Court, One Tells Story

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GREAT FALLS - While sometimes court appearances and rehabilitation from substance abuse can be a turbulent time. Today though, it was a happy time as four individuals graduated from drug treatment program in front of Judge Greg Pinski. Dan Cordtz has more on this program and one of the graduates who completed it.

Tuesday afternoon was the 35th Drug Treatment Court Graduation. Today four individuals completed rehabilitation programs in front of Judge Pinski. One graduate only needed one word to summarize the process.

"Excitement!" said Brandy Wilson, who graduated from the program.

Brandy Wilson had tried several treatment options whether voluntarily or not, but found something in the cascade county treatment program that worked.

Wilson said "what this program did for me was it allowed me to continue life on a regular basis, going to work, coming home, go grocery shopping, doing everything a person does from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed."

Wilson has maintained sobriety for over a year, and feels this program did wonders by keeping up with her out of court.

Wilson recalled "a lot of times when you get out of an in-patient program you just hit the streets running, a lot of time you don't have the extra stable environment."

Judge Pinski says that the purpose of treatment court was to treat the disease, instead of convicting the addiction, and made sure they knew he supported them.

Wilson said, "one thing that always caught my ear was when we went up to the stand, every time we'd get ready to step back down, he always asked us if there's anything he could do for us." And Wilson says the support went beyond Judge Pinski, and that the resources were endless saying "there's so many resources if people would just use them that they offer, so there's really nothing that can hold you back from recovery, if you just use your resources."

Wilson's family friends were on hand to watch her graduate. Her program ended when her son struck the gavel.
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