Second chance for Middletown drug court graduates


Judge Brockett listens, as William expresses gratitude for the program

MIDDLETOWN – With Tuesday’s seven graduates from Middletown City Drug Court administered by City Judge Steven Brockett, it brings to close to 100 the number of people who successfully went through the program instead of going to jail and were taking the first step toward recovery from their alcohol or substance addiction.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) attended and offered words of encouragement to the graduates.
“Today is an important milestone and you should be proud of it, but of course it’s just the beginning of something. It’s like the beginning of a long journey,” Maloney said.
Graduate William of Goshen said beating his addiction was the toughest thing he ever had to do, but it was worth it.
“Over the years of my addiction I had crushed my spirit. Instead of saying I made mistakes, I said I was a mistake and once you do that, it’s a spiral into the ground,” William said.
Debra of Poughkeepsie said she won her life back as a result of the drug court program.  “I owe my life to the program, I truly do,” she said.
Alissa said she thought the program would never end, but now, “it’s such an incredible feeling.” 

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