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In Multnomah county, addicts who are eligible go through the STOP program, run by Volunteers of America. Before Judge Angel Lopez became the presiding judge for Multnomah County’s drug court, he said his focus was more about making sure drug users were held accountable for their actions. But he says after he got to know the recovering addicts in his court room, he began to appreciate their humanity and the complexity of their personal situations. He says it’s a highly successful program — participants rarely return to court, which is the general idea.
Have you been though drug court? Did this system help you get clean? How?