After more than twenty-years of abusing drugs and alcohol, an eastern Kentucky man says he's clean thanks to drug court.
39-year-old Landon Sexton graduated from the program in Whitesburg.
“It's a disease. It's not like one morning you wake up and say I'm going to do dope. It's in your mind and you can't get rid of it,” Sexton said.
Landon Sexton started using drugs when he was 14, “I thought it was a big thing when I was young. It just got worse and worse.”
It was just two-years ago when he got caught and was thrown in jail that he decided it was time to turn his life around.
“I didn''t care to hurt my family. Nobody in my family would help me...nobody,” Sexton said.
After Sexton was taken to jail, his case went before Letcher County Circuit Judge, Sam Wright.
“He's always been a good person...likable,” Judge Wright said.
But Wright says there was a consequence to pay and Sexton would spend two years in drug court under Wright's supervision.
“We're drug testing them at least three times a week. We're requiring him to go to NA meetings twice a week and counseling twice a week,” Judge Wright said.
For the past 23-months Sexton attended counseling nearly everyday.
It was difficult because he lived in Jenkins and it was 11 miles from the courthouse in Whitesburg, since he didn't have a car he walked and hitch-hiked.
“He had to leave early mornings, cold, winter, rain... walking and hitch-hiking and he not only made it every time, he was early every time,” Judge Wright said.
Sexton says it's been a long, bumpy road, but he has been clean for nearly two-years.
During his graduation Thursday, former Governor Paul Patton came to congratulate him, his family was also there.
Sexton says for all that he now has in his life, he says he has Judge Wright to thank.
Sexton says that he started working a full-time job four-months ago and since then he's also bought a car.