It was an occasion to celebrate for old and recent graduates alike. Todd Edwards attended the 80th graduation ceremony Wednesday for Douglas County's Drug Court.
He knows what it's like to lose your life in addiction and then find your way back. "I was introduced to alcohol fairly young and in the early 70s, introduced to marijuana and that was the beginning.
It wasn't long after that Todd got into hard drugs. For many, the first dose is all it takes to get hooked. "It will take everything you've got and then it will take you. It is a killer."
It wasn't until a Class IV felony burglary charge that Todd entered drug court. In 2003 he graduated. Now, he's a counselor himself and warns others there's no easy fix. "Beating it? There is no beating it. It's learning to live with it by living a different kind of life and that takes work."
He's working with others and helping them succeed. "I can make a better life for myself," said Joshua Orisman after accepting his diploma at the ceremony. "You know, it's something I really needed."
Drug court has made all the difference in the world. "They're able to set you up in a way where you're able to receive and acquire the tools and go on to be a successful sober living person," said Edwards.
Now, he's watching others turn over a new leaf.