HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Several Eastern Kentuckians marked a milestone Tuesday night in their battle against drug abuse.
Seven people graduated from Perry County Drug Court during a ceremony at the county's Hall of Justice in downtown Hazard.
One of the graduates, Marcus Couch, said he never thought he would need drug court to help overcome his addiction.
"I come from a well-respected, hard-working family," Couch said. "I just got mixed up with the wrong crowd."
But after more than one year in Perry County Drug Court, Couch and six others stood before a crowd of family, friends and support staff with drug-free lifestyles, ready to start the next chapters of their lives.
"(Drug court) has given me hope," he said. "They've turned my dreams into reality. I see now that I can accomplish things I once thought I could that I only dreamed of doing."
Tuesday's graduation was also the final one for Circuit Judge Bill Engle, who helped start the Perry County Drug Court in 2005. Engle is retiring later this year.
"I want to cry sometimes I feel so happy with the progress they've made," Engle said. "I've seen the struggles. I've seen the bad times and now I've seen the good times."
For more information on drug courts in Kentucky, call (502)-573-2350.