Although only one person will be graduating on that date, there are at least a dozen people working through the program in Trigg County who will be graduating at a later date, according to Karla White of the District Court.
Although the program lasts at least a year, how long the program actually lasts is determined on an individual basis, White said, adding that the program in Trigg County was started about two years ago.
The substance abuse program is performed in lieu of jail time, so that those involved in the program can return to their normal lives and can meet their normal obligations, and there are three phases to the program, said White.
The first phase, the stabilizing period, generally lasts about six weeks and includes at least three random drug and alcohol screens per week and three counseling sessions per week, one court session per week, and the participant must maintain court-approved employment, training or education and court-approved housing, White said.
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)