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3/16/2017 10:36:00 AM
Moving forward, clean and sober
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

As Judge Margaret Koehler addressed each person sitting at the microphone before her at the bi-weekly meeting of the Iowa County Drug Treatment Court last week, Joey White could be seen turning around to acknowledge the many faces entering the courtroom. His smile continuously lit up as he saw family members and friends taking a seat, awaiting the moment he had worked hard for nearly 18 months to achieve - graduation from the program.
"I'm moving forward with my life, clean and sober," White said. "And I'll never forget this. If it wasn't for Drug Court, I wouldn't be where I am today."
White entered Iowa County Drug Treatment Court in September of 2015. Someone had told him about the program just awhile earlier, and White inquired with his attorney, who began the screening process to get White into Drug Treatment Court.
The program had just received its first grant to operate in Iowa County, although a similar program had already been established in neighboring Grant County.
"It was nerve-wrecking at first, being one of the first to try it out," White said. "I just really wanted it to work."
White's drug addiction began when he was just a teenager. He had been in a motorcycle accident in 2007, and been prescribed Oxycontin. And with a couple of friends who were doing heroin, White became curious too, and wanted to see what it was like....
See the rest of the story in the March 16th Chronicle issue.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Article comment by: LARRY WHITE

Amazing program for Iowa county, It is a epidemic in this county and state.So proud of my son Joey White. I was in tears of happiness and joy of bringing my son back to a normal life! As i sit in the court room ,holding back tears of happiness I look around at so many young kids with the same issue! i hope this program brings them back from this sickness!For them and there love ones! I want to thank each and everyone involved in this program!
Proud dad Larry White.

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