12 celebrate sobriety after graduating from drug court

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A dozen graduates are celebrating sobriety after graduating from drug court in Nashville Wednesday.

The special ceremony was held at the Birch Building in downtown.

Participants must successfully complete months of strict requirements.

Each of the graduates, who range from 19 to 50-years-old in this particular class, have each overcome drug or alcohol abuse.

General Sessions Judge Casey Moreland heads up the court.

“Drug court is an alternative sentencing program. This is a program that if not for drug court, these individuals would be incarcerated,” Judge Moreland said.

Nashville Mayor Megan delivered the keynote address.

Estimates show that this graduating class saved taxpayers $500,000 in incarceration costs.

September is National Recovery month.