Drug court graduates take first step toward new life

On Thursday afternoon the largest graduating class from the Adams County Drug court were recognized for their hard work.

Nine people had a chance to speak about their journey to sobriety.

The intensive probation program was created in 2006 and requires the people going through it to do something productive everyday.

Judge William Mays the presiding judge over the drug court says, those activities include meetings, court appearances, counseling sessions and drug testings.

"It is this kind of intensive probation and program that gives them some tools that they need in order to try to live a life without drugs," Mays said.

Many of those students thanked former drug court officer John Grotts for his help and encouragement on their road to sobriety.

Grotts is currently facing federal drug charges for allowing his home to be used to grow pot and make meth.

We asked drug court presiding Judge William Mays how the drug court team has dealt with the allegations against their former colleague.

"While we obviously are not happy about the situation and we're disappointed in Mr. Grotts," Judge Mays said. "We also feel that we are stronger than any one individual within the program."

Judge Mays says the members of the drug court team had some discussions about their mission.

He added that despite the sadness of the situation, he thinks the members of the team and the program itself are both much stronger.

Including Thursday's graduates, 62 people have graduated from the Adams County Drug Court program since 2006.