Working toward a better life


Proud mother encourages recovering addicts

By Nathan Kraatz - [email protected]



Racheal Roberts, center, reads Friday, February 5, from a poem she wrote about overcoming addiction.


WILMINGTON — Weeks after one mother pointed out that family members also suffer from a drug user’s choices, another mother of a drug court participant shared encouragement for the participants of Clinton County’s drug court.

“I am very proud of my daughter, and I am very proud of each and every one of you,” said Monya Roberts. “I pray for all of you each and every day.

“Get out and enjoy life,” she added. “It’s beautiful out there. I need to do some myself.”

Monya Roberts said she’s sometimes ashamed of herself for not saying how proud she is of her daughter more frequently.

For her part, Racheal Roberts shared a poem she wrote while in rehabilitation, was tired of using drugs and found that God helped her find a better way of living.

The poem, titled “God Picks His Strongest Soldiers,” reads, in part, “I had trust in you, I thought all my hopes and dreams would come true. Then you made me turn blue.”

After that, the poem describes a religious experience during which God points the narrator towards salvation and sobriety.

“This is the life, this is the place,” the poem reads. “I can finally say I got sobriety today. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers and we lead the way to being clean today.”

The You-Turn Recovery Docket is a specialized court program in which Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck diverts some drug offenders away from prison, using treatment and probation instead. The program aims to reduce recidivism, instill responsibility, use evidence-based practices and create community programs.

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Racheal Roberts, center, reads Friday, February 5, from a poem she wrote about overcoming addiction.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Drug-Court-Racheal-Roberts.jpgRacheal Roberts, center, reads Friday, February 5, from a poem she wrote about overcoming addiction.
Proud mother encourages recovering addicts

By Nathan Kraatz

[email protected]

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