For three Rockdale County residents, Aug. 7 marked a day of change, of new beginnings and a second chance at living a life of sobriety.
The first class of graduates of the Rockdale County Adult Drug Court received encouraging words from Judge Robert Mumford, who is heading up the program, and Chief Judge David Irwin.
Also in attendance at the inaugural graduation were State Court Judge Nancy Bills, Magistrate Court Judge Phinia Aten, Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson, viewpoint health officials and Rockdale officers and staff.
Along with gifts and awards for completing the program and remaining sober for 18 months, the three graduates were also serenaded with a song from Apostle Charlotte Hammonds who sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
Pastor Aldren Sadler, Sr. of the Church of New Beginnings in Conyers was the guest speaker for the graduation.
“You can conquer the is mountain. Everyday you will face mountains in the new journey for the rest of your life. Admit to being drug free, build a strong relationship with a mentor, be prepared for temptations, determine how you must change yourself or your group of friends and commit to overcoming this habit,” said Sadler. “Your failure is not final. We’ve all made mistakes but it’s up to us to make the turnaround. I flunked out of one college and ended up graduating from three others ones later in life.”
Judge Mumford say he plans to offer another program in October.