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Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth; Dee Meux; Oxford Treatment Center CEO Mark Sawyer; and Drug Court Coordinator Brandon Vance
The road to recovery is not easy, as each person fights his or her own unique battle towards sobriety. However, each successful step deserves a moment of recognition.
That was the message offered by Dee Meux, ICADC, as speaker at the 15th Drug Court Graduation for Mississippi’s Third Judicial District on Aug. 14.
“Completing drug court has so many layers of achievement,” she said. “I acknowledge and understand where each graduate has been and what it took for them to get here today.”
Meux is the founder of family programs at Oxford Treatment Center. She currently serves as family facilitator for the center’s Resolutions campus. At the graduation ceremony, she joined in celebrating graduates by affirming the courage they had to overcome their addictions.
“Everyone graduating and taking this next step into sobriety is a soldier in the battle against addiction,” she said.
“Miracles will continue to happen. Be open to the spiritual transformation that comes with living clean and sober.”
Drug Court Coordinator Brandon Vance said each participant must spend at least three years under the supervision of drug court and comply with all program requirements before becoming eligible to graduate. There are currently 302 people enrolled in the program, which spans Lafayette, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Marshall, Tippah and Union counties in North Mississippi.
Graduates at the ceremony also shared their stories of recovery and their hopes for the future.
“Do not compare yourself to others. Do not give up before the miracle happens,” one graduate said. “I have a story with broken pieces — but also a major comeback.”
Dee Meux, ICADC, has worked for over 30 years in the field of addiction treatment. She currently directs the two-day intensive Family Program at the Oxford Treatment Center at the Resolutions Campus of the Oxford Treatment Center, providing addiction education for families followed by a process of patient and family sharing, with a focus on communication and healing.
Dee has been the recipient of many awards thru the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals, including ‘Counselor of the Year’ and numerous awards for her service in the field of addiction. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator, most recently presenting at the 28th Annual MAAP Conference in June 2018.