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Husband and wife among Drug Court graduates

A HUSBAND and wife were among the 13 CNMI Drug Court participants who graduated on Friday at the Fiesta Resort & Spa.

Christopher and Crisanta Seger said graduating from the program was a huge accomplishment for both of them.

The couple said the program was not easy. “It was hard and intense,” Mr. Seger said. “There were a lot of things to deal with. But in the end, finally, we are here, we are together with a new home. Finally, we are moving on and things are so much better than they were before.”

Mrs. Seger thanked the Drug Court program. “Without it, we would still be struggling.” She added that the program helped her regain her confidence in herself.

The husband currently works as a security guard while she is a culinary student.

CNMI Drug Court Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio and staffers of the Marianas Behavioral Health Services, the Maternal Child Health Bureau and Systems of Care provided gifts to the graduating Drug Court participants and their children. Photo by Bryan ManabatCNMI Drug Court Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio and staffers of the Marianas Behavioral Health Services, the Maternal Child Health Bureau and Systems of Care provided gifts to the graduating Drug Court participants and their children. Photo by Bryan Manabat

KKMP radio host Gary Sword said programs such as the CNMI Drug Court save lives, build a community and offer a new beginning for participants and their families.

Sword, the main speaker at Friday’s graduation event, said the participants are like the Prophet Elijah who, in a Biblical story, asked that “fire come down from heaven.”

“Today,” Sword said, “you call down fire from heaven to cleanse you of your old life, and now a new life is starting. You will be discouraged at times and want to return to drugs but you need to stop, rest, and know that God knows what you are going through.”

After your rest, Sword said, “God will pick you up again and give you your heavenly dreams.”

 Drug Court Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio said she hopes the program graduates will serve as counselors or peer support for those still in the program or those who will be entering the program in the future.

“Years from now, I hope we have more licensed counselors, more psychiatrists, and I would also like to see that some of our graduates from the Drug Court will be those people. The social workers, the counselors, the peer leaders, the peer support — that’s good because they have a unique view that I don’t have because they are in recovery. They can relate with the participants. So, it’ll be more dynamic and much more improved.”

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109689-husband-and-wife-among-drug-court-graduates

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