May 2, 2011
LIHU‘E — Eight years later, a program that serves as an alternative to incarceration continues to help Kaua‘i residents break free from drugs and reintegrate into society.
“Drugs is an equal opportunity destroyer,” Melanie Lum told the 17th graduating class of the Kaua‘i Drug Court. “It sucks the life out of you. It sucks the life out of your family.”
But life, she said, is more rewarding than getting high.
As a 2007 graduate of the diversion program, Lum said the lessons she learned in drug court have carried her through more than four years of sobriety, strengthened her relationships with her children and boyfriend, and have allowed her to keep a decent job.
Lum, drug court probation officers and others involved in the program hope that Friday’s 10 graduates will take the same lessons to heart, so they may lead productive, drug-free lives.
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