We salute the Sobriety Court efforts

“I   have other obligations now — the show, my family, my life — though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.”  

— Rob Lowe

Having passed a reasonable test of time, and with a measurable level of success there can be no doubt the local Sobriety Court has done everything anyone could hope for.

The program has succeeded in changing lives for the better.

It’s time to give credit where credit is due.

The Sobriety Court does not function like more-conventional courts. It does, however, exist under the watchful eye of the court system while remaining autonomous. Serving four counties — Mecosta, Osceola, Lake and Newaygo — Sobriety Court gives participants in the substance rehabilitative program a chance to change their lives by positive rather than punitive means.

And it works.

Participants work through an extensive two-year program. They are taught or re-taught basic life-skills, as well as learning to take responsibility for their own actions.

They are encouraged, given positive reinforcement, counseled, supported and not only learn to take responsibility for their behavior, but also are honored for their progress and recognized for their ability to change.

Sobriety Court can be a life-changing experience, and it has been so in the lives of neighbors from throughout this and neighboring counties.

We offer strong and enthusiastic congratulations to Judge Susan Grant, who ramrodded the program through from formation to fruition. Kudos as well to the program team, including Sobriety Court Coordinator Susan Guernsey, for their dedication and efforts in creating a positive atmosphere of change in the lives of program participants and their families.

May this program, and others like it, go from strength to strength.

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