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Two former drug addicts graduate from Adams County drug court

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Two former drug addicts successfully graduated today from the Adams County drug court program.

Candidates for the program are addicts who've been charged in drug crimes.

They can participate if recommended by the courts.

The addicts have to complete at least an 18-month program that combines rehab, regular court appearances, counseling, and drug testing.

Graduates say it's an effective way to put them on a road to recovery instead of jail.

"They give you, they put you through rehab where you learn the tools. They send you to AA where if you are smart you learn the steps and you work the steps and through all of that it is just life changing because it teaches you a new way of life," said Annette Garrett. 

Officials say out of the 51 addicts who have graduated since the beginning of the program in 2006, only two have relapsed.

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