It was a tad warm in the Graves Circuit Courtroom Monday night, I believe due to an A/C matter, but for the people gathered to watch the graduation of the three participants from the Drug Court program, a little humidity wasn't going to stop them.
Nothing had stopped the graduates on their way to making it to that point. I wrote about them - Nicole Heath, Jeremy Tyler and Adam LeRoy - in Friday's Mayfield Messenger.
For the three, it was a monumental testimony to their will and desire to break whatever shackles of addiction they once wore. I didn't ask. That's in the past. This was all about the future.
One of the main points that stuck in my mind in listening to Graves Circuit Court Judge Tim Stark and those who work with this Specialty Court talk about the program and the participants, is that this is a program, but alone it isn't the cure-all. It can only bring about the desired results if the participant wants that to happen.
The Drug Court program is available, but it is up to the individual to make it work.
Take the analogy of a hammer. The hammer is a tool. It rests on a workbench or a shelf, but has to be put to use and made to drive the nail, which is when its full potential is realized.
Drug Court is the tool. The participants have to use it to reach their full potential. As Adam said it best, he had to make the choices to do what was right versus making the choice to not.
From hearing their own experiences of going through the court and reaching this point - perhaps not a final place, but a place on their journey - they realize the potential they possess.
For Heath, it is as a student who hopes to help youth in tough situations.
For LeRoy, it's having a life and a job and to contribute.
For Tyler, it's about family and being the dad he wants to be for his children.
I'm sure the process was difficult and trying. But credit these three and the others who have made it and those who are currently in the program and working to reach their personal graduation dates, as well.
Miracles of changed lives do occur all the time. On the back of the pamphlet handed out as we entered the courtroom, the words read, "Every day holds … the possibility of a miracle."
And as program supervisor Kim Brand said at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, here are three miracles.
Eric Walker is news editor for The Mayfield Messenger. He can be reached at email@example.com.