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First ever Brunswick County drug court graduate

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Scott Milligan says he did it all for his two young children. “I’m proud of the fact that I grew up just a little bit.”

Milligan was addicted to Cocaine for nearly two decades. He served time in prison twice, and was on probation for a greater portion of his life. But spending time behind bars wasn’t enough to jumpstart him into recovery. Instead, one spot drug test from a Judge he says ruled with a heavy hand but a soft heart, was all it took.

Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis says “Its tough love, we tell them that every other Thursday night, we love you, we’re rooting for you but there are consequences for behavior that does not conform to what we expect, in fact demand.”

Scott Milligan says, “This was the final straw, that opened my eyes, and it was a blessing from god, it was time for me to get it together. I’ve got two little children and a sixteen year old son.”

Milligan’s first life may have been filled with crime and what he calls “bad decisions”. But now, he’s well made up for his mistakes. It’s “take two” for him and his family.

Milligan says, “There are probably people who know me that are going to be doubting me until the day I die. But thats ok, because I know me, and I’m knowing what I’m gonna do, I can’t worry about what other people think.”

Judge Lewis says, “We’re very proud of his successes in the Drug Court program, and proud of the fact that he is being a responsible parent and a responsible citizen.”>

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One local man says a spot drug test from a Judge he says ruled with a heavy hand but a soft heart, was all it took.

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