Life After Drug Court

“Congratulations, you’ve successfully completed drug court and are now off probation.” These are words I thought I would never hear the past four years, as I went in and out of jail andand treatment programs. This is all I had been looking forward to for years. Not having to see my probation officer and pass a drug test. I had not even considered what life would be like after. I fought it for years and years, and finally surrendered to my treatment, and my mental health.

 Kristen LaCaze, dually licensed Peer Supporter /  photo by Christine Ton, MCSO IT Specialist

Kristen LaCaze, dually licensed Peer Supporter / photo by Christine Ton, MCSO IT Specialist

I remember the week after sitting at home thinking, “well, what now?” I had been going to groups all week, catching the bus back and forth from probation to court to therapy. A big thing I needed to remember was just because I completed treatment doesn’t mean I’m “cured.” I still need to take my Zoloft and see my psychiatrist even though I’m not being held accountable.

Getting and maintaining normalcy afterwards was hard, but I knew idle time was not good for me, especially only being sober a few months. Employment was hard with a record, but I found my break when I went into an establishment, told them my background and asked for a chance. It was better for me to see the employer in person, instead of what I might look like just on a paper application… which I knew wasn’t good.

If you’re worried about change because change is scary even if it is for the better, I am in a position to help you both in and outside of the jail. If I can offer any advice today, it is to please consider your options, ask for help to make a change and take that chance because we all deserve it no matter what we have done.