DETROIT, MI – June 21, 2017 – The 36th District Court held its 19th annual Drug Treatment Court graduation on May 18, 2017. The guests were welcomed by Chief Judge Nancy M. Blount. The guest speaker was Luis Sharpe, former NFL tackle, who played 13 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals and was the 1982 first round draft pick. Luis spoke of his addiction to cocaine and heroin after his retirement, which landed him in prison. He sought and received the assistance he needed to overcome his addiction, and encouraged the graduates to never be afraid to reach out for help. There were 10 graduates recognized at this 19th annual graduation. Each one worked hard for the last 12 to 24 months preparing themselves for this day. Many of the graduates are now gainfully employed and pursuing higher education, and some have been reunited with their families after having been torn from them due to addiction.
Several guests packed the courtroom to witness the graduation including many treatment providers, family members, and friends. Family members of the graduates expressed overwhelming feelings of gratitude for the health, happiness, and success of their loved ones. Some of the graduates left with their charges being dismissed as a result of their accomplishments. Judge Shannon A. Holmes, Presiding Judge of Drug Treatment Court, presented each graduate with a gift and a certificate. Recovery coaches will be available to provide continued support after graduation.
The Court wishes all of the graduates well in their future endeavors, as well as successful and continued recoveries.