WILMINGTON – Five women and one man are slated to become graduates of the You-Turn Recovery Docket, the specialized docket within Clinton County Common Pleas Court created for those with addiction issues.
Ashley Huffman, Karissa Purcell Cox, Caitlin Howell, Chelsea Sherwood, Erin Garrett and Charles (Dustin) Rhinesmith are scheduled to graduate at the docket’s sixth ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the First Christian Church, 120 Columbus St., Wilmington.
The event, which is open to the public, will take the number to 26 who have successfully completed the minimum 18-month drug program since its inception in late 2014.
The event will celebrate the successes of the graduates as well as the progress of the other participants in the specialized drug docket certified by the Ohio Supreme Court and initiated by long-time Clinton County Common Pleas Court Judge John W. (Tim) Rudduck.
For the first time, a graduate of the You-Turn program will be the guest speaker. Chris Bricker successfully completed the program in 2017 and will be inspiring the participants with his true story of recovery, Judge Rudduck said.
In addition to hosting its second graduation, the First Christian Church and Pastor Tom Stephenson have been spiritual and financial supporters of the docket since its inception. Church musical groups will perform during the ceremony.
You-Turn Recovery Docket participants are supervised by the judge as the head of a treatment team which also includes court supervision officers and area alcohol and drug treatment providers. The team meets the first and third afternoons of each month before status review hearings for participants that are held en masse in the Clinton County Common Pleas Courtroom and are open to the public.
Many people from the community regularly attend the status review hearings to lend support to the participants, including those from local churches and others battling addiction who want to share their stories and offer encouragement.
To ensure accountability, participants are regularly and randomly tested for substance use, rewarded for meeting goals, and sanctioned for not meeting clearly stated obligations.
For more information on the docket, go to www.you-turn-drug-docket.org, follow it on Facebook at You-Turn Recovery Docket, like it on Twitter at You-Turn@UturnDrugDocket, or contact supervision officer Ka’Shira Myburgh at 937-382-8686, ext. 1137, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.