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2 hopeful after graduating from drug court

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

The Midland County adult drug court is celebrating two new graduates from their rehab program.

The past few years for Cory Faccio have been tough. He has been battling a drug addiction and has been in and out of jail. Now he is one of the newest graduates of the Midland County drug court.

"You always think this day would be like graduating drug court, but it always seems so far away. And when you get up there and they say you graduates, it's like one of the biggest accomplishments of my life," Faccio said.

Drug court is a program that helps drug addicts with frequent trouble with the law find their way to sobriety.

The two members who graduated are ready to move on with their life.

For Christina Rhodes, she said her family was the main reason for her wanting to turn her life around.

"I haven't had my family in my life for a long time due to my drug addiction and to have them back in my life, I didn't think it would ever happen. And to have them supporting me today, there's no words," Rhodes said.

During Faccio's time in the program he found out he would be a father to twin girls. He said that quickly made him work harder.

"It's nice to know they can grow up where they can look at their dad and think this guy has integrity. He's a good dad. He's clean and he's sober," Faccio said.

Thursday's graduation turned emotional when Rhode's mother stood up and said she was proud of her daughter.

"Last time she was in a courtroom with me, she was asking the judge to send me to prison and her to say she's proud of me, it's just amazing," Rhodes said.

The graduates said it was drug court, not jail or their own free will, that got them to where they are today.

For Faccio, he hopes people in similar shoes as he was in before find a way to fight the addiction and move on with their life.

"There is hope. There absolutely is. I was directionless, hopeless. If you want it you can get it," Faccio said.

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