13 Graduate From Drug Court

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

Thirteen eastern Kentuckians say their lives are back on track after months of going to court for drug counseling.

For some it wasn't easy to admit their mistakes and talk about years of abusing both drugs and their family.

But for those who are now clean, they say they're ready to start a new life.

Tears and hugs fill the courtroom as former drug addicts tell stories of addiction.

"I was just a shell of a person. I weighed 85-pounds," Tammy Boyd said.

Tammy Boyd says she started doing drugs when she was just twelve-years-old.

"I ran away from home. I started drinking when I was 12 then drinking led to other things," Boyd said.

She says she used drugs for more than twenty-years, but at age thirty-seven, she's drug-free.

"I figured it's time to stop. I'm a grown woman and I need to change," Boyd said.

Before she began counseling nearly two-years ago, Boyd suffered several losses.

She says she was still hooked on drugs when she became pregnant and as a result she lost eight babies.

"My last two little boys I buried at six-months. I was taking meds when I had them," Boyd said.

That loss made her grow, change, and start her life over.

Now she's healthy and so is her baby boy, whom she calls a "miracle."

Boyd says it's also a miracle that she and twelve others still have the support and love of their families.

Now she says she will support those who loved her, those who helped her grow and become a loving friend and mother.

Secretary of State Trey Grayson was the guest speaker and all the graduates wanted to emphasize that it's never too late to get help, no matter how long you may have abused drugs.


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