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Drug Court program clients celebrate


Eamon Scarbrough

Portales DWI Program Coordinator Riki Seat gives Adult Drug Court Program participant Marcos Gomez a hug Wednesday after presenting him with a gift for graduating the program.

PORTALES — The gift of sobriety is in seeing what one can do for others, and participants in the Portales Adult Drug Court Program were able to recognize the value of that gift Wednesday afternoon.

May is National Drug Court Month, celebrating the impact made by the program, which seeks a criminal justice alternative for addicted offenders by treating substance abuse and involving participants in volunteer initiatives.

Said volunteer work was on full display at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, where Judge Donna Mowrer recognized the efforts of participants, who donated what she estimated to be nearly 1,000 diapers to the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

"This is a program that gives to them, and they've been given the opportunity to find sobriety and to actually work hard to maintain that sobriety, and we want them to learn the joy of giving, and giving back to others as a community," she said. "Albert Einstein said, 'The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he's capable of receiving,' and the drug court participants, as a whole, have exemplified this, magnified this, in a number of ways."

Participants also volunteer at the monthly Produce to People program, which gives free produce to anyone that needs it.

"We started Produce to People in August of last year, and in that first day, the drug court volunteers have run the program," said Portales DWI Program Coordinator Riki Seat. "They are the most amazing, helpful, friendly people. You make everybody feel so welcome and appreciative that they came to get the produce"

Two participants graduated from drug court after over a year of giving of and learning about themselves, and expressed immense gratitude to the program.

Cory Jones felt he had been given a whole new life through the year and four months he spent in drug court.

"If you take it 100 percent seriously, it's an amazing program," Jones said. "It has turned my life completely around. Alcoholism has been rampant through my family for many years, and I've been in a lot of trouble because of the alcoholism. I would suggest it to anybody that has any kind of problem — alcohol, drugs."

In Marcos Gomez' year and three months in the program, he has experienced a new perception of the world.

"It (perspective) was bad," Gomez said. "I didn't care about nothing, or hurting anybody. Now, I think twice before I do anything. It changed a lot." He added he looks forward to being there for his family.

Elva Sims said she has participated for four months.

"Honestly, it's given me my sobriety," Sims said. "I don't think I would be sober without it. I've got a whole new perspective on the world, and my life is so much better."

Sims added she has already seen significant improvements in her life in the short time she's spent in drug court.

"I've got a whole new perspective on the world, and my life is so much better. It's changed because it's happier. I'm talking to family I haven't talked to in years because of my addiction, and it's just really a blessing," she said.


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