Life takes a turn for the better for 7 Conasauga drug court graduates

Marshall Lynch of the Drug Court treatment team praised the efforts of the five male graduates before joining them in an emotional group hug. “If you’re broken, guess what?” Lynch says. “You’re at the most important part of your life; that’s when God wants to change you the most.” (Photo by Mitch Talley).

(Editor's note: This story was submitted to WTVC by Mitch Talley, Director of Communications for Whitfield County).

The first time Don went to jail, he was 13 years old. Now 58, he has been in and out of treatment rehabs and lock-ups his entire life.

That is, until he was invited to participate in the Conasauga Circuit Drug Court program in January 2017, when Don says his life began taking a drastic turn for the better.

“A message to others: Never give up! If you start thinking you cannot make it, reach out to someone, and remember, it does get better!” he said.

That heartfelt advice came in a letter Don wrote to Drug Court Judge Jim Wilbanks as part of the program.