In Dakota County's family drug court, sobriety leads to success

Full story: TwinCities.com

The courtroom is a place where 24-year-old Jenny Brown finds encouragement. Her support group includes a judge, social workers, attorneys and others.
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Gin4u

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I do not think much of the program...but I will say congratulations to Jennifer for getting recovery and staying with it. It is a challenge. As for all the sarcasm in these posts--ignore them and stick with the winners in AA.
I'll drink to that!!!
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Yeah, a "captive audience" without access to their drug of choice of course is going to show "high rates of success." Use your head people.
The MN Sherburne Conty Jail Treatment Program has been evaluated and has remarkable success rates. Use your head..., evaluation of program participants is completed after their release from jail, and longevity statistics have continued to show many have remained not only chemically free but have not committed any new offenses. It is a well known fact that no treatment program is 100% successful, point is rather than having offenders sit with non structured, idol time in jail, get the treatment process started rather than wait until their release.
Patricia Farmer

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You know some of you people have no idea what it's like to loose yourself, your life, and your children. I know I am dakota county family drug court participant. I have been through many treatments and none of them have helped me the way FDTC has they are helping me become a better woman and mother and for that I know many taxpayers who would say that is the best way to spend their tax dollars. Addiction is a evil. And it is not prejudice. However we have the choice and the chance now to turn it around THANK YOU!!!!!!
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Dangerous to society? I think you better explain that. A little enthusiasm in the early stages of recovery is fine as long as it doesn't distract the recovering person from working all 12 steps and attending meetings. New people bring in a fresh perspective that long term sober people may have forgotten. I suggest that if you are truly in recovery, you should examine your cynicism. You may have a little 10th step work to do.
I'll give you the bad quote - I edited the rest of my sentence mid-stream and should have noticed I needed to change that word too. What I meant is exactly what you said, Lab - that early enthusiasm about what one will do to change the world because of their own sobriety can distract the individual from focusing on what really matters today.

I'm in support of this program. I applaud Jennifer's success to date. Several people in my home group have been given new chances because of this program or others like it. I just think Jennifer's "rah rah" attitude should be focused a little more closely to home. No sense talking about everything we're gonna do years from now when it's not here yet. I just recommend a bit more focus on keeping clean today.

Live for today. One day at a time. Just like the oldtimers taught me back in my early days many years ago.
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Patricia Farmer wrote:
You know some of you people have no idea what it's like to loose yourself, your life, and your children. I know I am dakota county family drug court participant. I have been through many treatments and none of them have helped me the way FDTC has they are helping me become a better woman and mother and for that I know many taxpayers who would say that is the best way to spend their tax dollars. Addiction is a evil. And it is not prejudice. However we have the choice and the chance now to turn it around THANK YOU!!!!!!
Congratulations Patricia! Well worth it!!!!

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I'll give you the bad quote - I edited the rest of my sentence mid-stream and should have noticed I needed to change that word too. What I meant is exactly what you said, Lab - that early enthusiasm about what one will do to change the world because of their own sobriety can distract the individual from focusing on what really matters today.
I'm in support of this program. I applaud Jennifer's success to date. Several people in my home group have been given new chances because of this program or others like it. I just think Jennifer's "rah rah" attitude should be focused a little more closely to home. No sense talking about everything we're gonna do years from now when it's not here yet. I just recommend a bit more focus on keeping clean today.
Live for today. One day at a time. Just like the oldtimers taught me back in my early days many years ago.
Wise words, and good advice.
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Fantastic work, Dakota County! Anything to help people learn to improve instead of just punishing and moving on. I hope this program gets the funding necessary and other counties and states look at these benefits.
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Good Job Jenny! Keep up the good work. As for the other people that are hating. I just want to ask if you went through college? If you did I'm sure you got financial aid. So the government helped you out there. Sometimes you need to use your resources. And using your resources is better than abusing them. At least she is not on welfare. Actually at the Jeremiah program you pay rent based off your income and electricity. So it is teaching you to become independent.:)
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Marissa wrote:
Good Job Jenny! Keep up the good work. As for the other people that are hating. I just want to ask if you went through college? If you did I'm sure you got financial aid. So the government helped you out there. Sometimes you need to use your resources. And using your resources is better than abusing them. At least she is not on welfare. Actually at the Jeremiah program you pay rent based off your income and electricity. So it is teaching you to become independent.:)
Ummm excuse me genius, Jenny is not eligible for federal grants. She is a drug addict. Any person who have drug convictions will not be able to qualify. One of the 3 questions they ask. Use your resources? I don't get this, people in his country think it's owed to them, that these things are free in the pursuit of happiness. Responsibility, not once have I read about this Jenny apologizing for her behavior or for what she has cost our community, better yet how about being a mom. Oh the drug court going to make it all better? No unfortunately it won't. She might as well be on welfare, same concept, being owned by the government.

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