Third You-Turn Recovery (Drug) Court graduation upcoming

By Dana Dunn - For The News-Journal

WILMINGTON – The You-Turn Recovery Docket, the drug court within Clinton County Common Pleas Court, will stage its third graduation ceremony Friday, Nov. 17 at the Wilmington Church of Christ. The public is invited to the ceremony which will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, 909 W. Locust St., Wilmington.

A record seven participants are scheduled to graduate from the program for those addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs established in the fall of 2014 by Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck. The event will celebrate the graduates as well as the progress of the other participants in the specialized docket certified by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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 twice a month before status review hearings for participants that are held en masse in the Clinton County Common Pleas Courtroom which 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, 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

By Dana Dunn

For The News-Journal