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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 5A from page 1A The objective is to teach people life skills that will keep them from re-offending. In addition to Alvey, Thursday's ceremony included remarks from a Drug Court graduate as well as Alternative Sentencing Program Manager Stephanie Tanaka, District Attorney David Hollister and Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman. Kaufman, who has been a strong supporter of the Alternative Sentencing Program and the DRC, told the honorees and their families that he was honored to speak at the ceremony. He told the group that even though the county made these services available "you deserve all the credit today." Tanaka said Thursday's ceremony was an important event. "We want (the participants) to have a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments in front of their families and the community," she said. For Ricky Alvey, who started the Drug Court program two months before he was released from jail, it has been a life-changing experience. He was recognized for completing the moral reconation therapy component -- he's nearly halfway through the program. "I'm extraordinary thankful for the grace of God. Because without this program, I don't think I would have ever gotten back to where I am now;where I war, ted to be in life," Alvey Parti ipant thankful for DayR Ricky Alvey speaks about his experience in Drug Court during last week's recognition ceremony at the Day Reporting Center as District Attorney David Hollister, right, and Judge Ira Kaufman look on. Photos by Dan McDonald said. "I probably would have gotten out of jail and just started using again." Tanaka said Alvey is younger than most people in the intensive 18-month Drug Court program. Many Drug Court participants are older, with families to support. She said the county took a chance on him. "We've seen Mr. Alvey mature and grow immensely," Tanaka said. "He is trying to show us that he not only talks the talk, but walks the walk." Alvey knows his journey is just starting. But he is thankful to be spending the rest Of his sentence working to improve himself in the community where he grew up instead of being in jail. "We want (the participants) to have a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments in front of their families and the community." Stephanie Tanaka Alternative Sentencing Program Manager Two days before his the audience. graduation, Alvey found a "I didn't even ask how construction job. The job much the job pays," Alvey offer came after eight months said with a twinkle-eyed of searching, grin. "I don't really care how His first day of work much it pays. I'm just stoked was the same day as the to be getting another DRC ceremony. When he chance." announced that he rushed Alvey also has health back. from work to make it to When he was arrested last the ceremony, he received year, he was emaciated from a spirited ovation from drug use. 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Accepting all Anthem Blue Cross plans, California Health & Wellness Plans, and most major insurance plans Learn more by visiting www.sierraagape.org To schedule an appointment call 530-414-1885 Doing well in school is about more than just GPA! Join us at First Baptist Church as we strive to develop the character that God wants in each one of us, with our new pastor, Dr. Ryan Nielsen. Children's Sunday School: 9:30am Worship Services: 11:00am Church offered during Worship Service. First Baptist Church Pastor, Dr. Ryan Nielsen 74 Reese Street Quincy, CA http://www. FBCOuincy, org http://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistquincy Ryan @ FBCQuincy.org porting Center Ricky Alvey, a lifelong Quincy resident, says he is a much different person than the one who was arrested on drug and burglary charges last year. weighing just 125 pounds. Today he is a clear-eyed, fit, 170-pound young man. He's also working to repair damaged relationships and earn back the trust of his family and friends. "The program has taught me about my inner self-- about honesty," he said. "During my drug use I was not honest with any Of my family or friends. I betrayed a lot of them. "When you are on drugs, you learn how to manipulate people to get what you want, whether it's getting drugs or rent money or whatever you need. "I had to learn how to change that. I had to change the way I was thinking about people. Now that I have been clean for almost a year, my mind is getting back to being in a normal state." Alvey has many regrets, but he tries not to dwell on them. The program has helped teach him to look toward the future. "I'm not ashamed of going down the road I did. Because at least now I know the grass is greener on this side," he said. Part of looking forward for Alvey was learning how to set goals for himself. He said he never set a goal in his life until he started the Drug Court program. One of his goals is to go to college and eventually earn a degree in environmental studies. But Alvey said he's already learning a lot at the DRC. He said the book he just finished working through, "How to Escape Your Prison," has dramatically changed his view of himself and the people in his life. "That book is probably the most significant one in the : program," he said. "Basically, it's telling you how to escape your mentality of what you used to be like and get out of that way of thinking and think clearly and newly," he said. "Even if you don't have drug problems, this book will help you. If you are a drug addict and you are having a rough time, this book will save your life if you are willing to open up to it." Alvey said he is thankful for the support and encouragement he's received from the DRC staff. In addition to Tanaka, the staff includes case managers Lori Beatley and Kristfe Rood, and legal services assistant Shaundell Wingfield. 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