The drug court program that has seen a lot of success. It’s a program that helps people who are addicted to drugs get their life back. The newest graduates say this program was a life saver.
Together, Douglas Breen and Kyler Wuestewald are celebrating over 1,100 days of sobriety as they graduate from the Yankton County Drug Court program.
“Since I’ve been in the program I’ve passed every UA, every alcohol test, which there’s been a lot of them so I’ve been doing pretty good,” graduate Kyler Wuestewald said.
Wuestewald and Breen are now Yankton County’s 21st and 22nd graduates since 2013. As they celebrate their success today, they realize they’ve come a long way.
“I suffered methamphetamine addiction for many years, after my dad passed away when I was 18 I turned to alcohol addiction and any other drugs that couldn’t be detected in UAs, from K2 to numerous other drugs,” Wuestewald said.
“I had been on probation, faking UAs, get by and still get high and find different ways to get through and hide it, lie about it, keep it in my life,” graduate Douglas Breen said.
But that’s no longer the case. Both men say the Drug Court program has changed their lives.
“It was a really hard process because I had to change all my thinking, all my places, all the people I hang out with, I had to give up doing things my way,” Breen said.
And there’s a lot more work ahead.
“I’m going to continue to work on my sobriety, continue working with my sponsor, and continue working with support groups, and I have a lot of support, I have a big family and they’re all behind me so just going to continue working at it,” Wuestewald said.
Both the graduates combined have over 300 treatment hours and have attended over 350 support group meetings.