Recovery Court

The 17th Judicial District Recovery Court, guided by the leadership of Judge Forest Durard, works tirelessly to help each participant realize their full potential. From left are Catina Fox, Joseph Massey and Judge Durard. 

The old Italian proverb says it best, “Hope is the last thing ever lost.”

Recovery Court Coordinator Catina Fox said hope is what fuels the inward desire of recovery court participants to change their lives. Without hope, there is little chance for success and long-term sobriety, she said.

The 17th Judicial District Recovery Court, guided by the leadership of Judge Forest Durard, works tirelessly to help each participant realize their full potential. The program, comprised of multiple phases, is a high-intensity approach to address both legal needs and substance use for those in the legal system.

Watching participants advance in phases is one of the most rewarding aspects of recovery court, Judge Durard said.

“It brings me immense joy to watch people change their lives,” Judge Durard said.

Often, court systems are viewed as only punitive and not a place of hope, but judges who oversee a recovery court get to witness firsthand the positive impact the courts can have, he said.

The 17th Judicial District Recovery Court works with non-violent felony offenders who desire to break the cycle of addiction that has destroyed not only their life, but also the lives of family and friends.

“I’m so happy to be part of a team of individuals who work to promote hope and healing in our community,” Fox said.

For more information about the program, call Fox at South Central Human Resource Agency at 931-433-7182, extension 1139.

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