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25th Adams County Drug Court graduation, help to reduce drug crimes

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DRUG COURT GRADUATION 6PKG

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- When someone pleads guilty to a drug-related felony they may be given the opportunity to go through the Adams County Drug Court Program and get the help they need.

ShaNique Ellis graduated from the program today.

She says before starting the program she was homeless and in a lot of trouble. Now she's 679 days drug free and employed.

"Never in a million years thought that I would go to school and actually get a job with benefits. I didn't see that for myself."

He said he was facing a lot of prison time and just had his first kid. Now he's 707 days drug free, employed, and soon to be husband.

Program supervisor Gail Westerhoff said people enrolled in the program are given resources like mental health support and counseling to help them get back on their feet.

"Typically their offenses are driven by their addiction and that's why they're placed in this program," Westerhoff said. "So, if we treat the addiction and we treat the individual as a whole, then they're less likely to recidivate or commit new crimes."

Westerhoff said it costs a lot of money to send people to prison and most times they repeat offenses.

"It's much much better statistics than the department of corrections and its also a lot less expensive," Westerhoff said."

Ellis said the program allowed her to feel human again and not just an addict.

"Anybody struggling with addiction, in any trouble, don't be afraid, reach out and do something different," Ellis said.

Westerhoff said the goal of the program is to help people not go to prison.

She said about 67% of people who complete the program stay out of prison

If you know someone struggling with drug use and could benefit from the program, Westerhoff said they must be referred by their defense attorney.

TRE-STATE RECOVERY RESOURCES:
Illinois
Preferred Family Healthcare – Recovery Resources
428 South 36th Street Quincy
http://www.pfh.org
217-224-6300

Hopewell Clinical
314 North 6th Street Quincy
http://www.hopewellclinical.com
217-223-0170

Addicts Victorious
639 York Street Suite 210 Quincy
http://addictsvictorious.com
217-223-1388

Bridgeway
900 South Deer Road Macomb
http://www.bway.org/
309-837-4876

Western Illinois University – AOD Resource Center
1 University Circle Seal Hall 208 Macomb
http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/aod/
309-298-2457

North Central Behavioral Health Systems
301 East Jefferson street Macomb
http://www.ncbhs.org
309-833-2191

MissouriPreferred Family Healthcare – Recovery Resources
4355 Paris Gravel Rd Hannibal
http://www.pfh.org
573-248-3811

Turning Point Recovery Centers
146 Communications Drive Hannibal
http://turningpointrc.org/
573-248-1196

IOWAAlcohol and Drug Dependency Services – ADDS
928 Main Street Keokuk
http://www.addsiowa.org
319-524-4397

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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