Shonnel started using drugs after he was injured and needed surgery. As a result of his medical condition, he was introduced to hydrocodone and that began his slide on the slippery slope of addiction.

“I soon found myself doing things I had never done before,” he said. “I worked in a pharmacy at the time and it wasn’t long before I was stealing my supply from my place of employment.”

In 2011, Shonnel was arrested.

“That was a very black day,” he said. “I had disappointed everyone I loved—my wife, my parents, my in-laws and my friends. Drug Court was my lifeline back. I was determined to complete this program successfully. And, thank God, I did.”

Today, Shonnel works full time and is focused on the future.

“I want my wife to be proud of me and I want to do right and to be a role model,” he said. “Drug Court saved me.”