Speaking at the proud graduation of 4 of the eight graduates of the Cumberland County Treatment Court in Pennsylvania, Maurice C, author of "God is at the Meeting: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps" (ISBN-10: 1449726232, ISBN-13: 978-1449726232) wishes well to the newest prospects for Alcoholics Anonymous and coerced participation in the ritual chanting and ceremonies to the false gods dreamed up by the delusional, belladonna and LSD enhanced Bill Wilson. I am sure this "Treatment" Court is Spiritual, not Religious.....
Eight graduate from Cumberland County Treatment Court
By Andrew Carr, Sentinel Reporter
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 8:00 am
The best part of Thursday for adult probation and parole officer Angie Chiara was being able to celebrate the change of eight lives.
“One of the most rewarding parts of being part of Treatment Court for me, is being able to watch the participants grow and change into the people they are today,” she said.
Four of the eight graduates of Cumberland County Treatment Court stood in front of a crowd Thursday to receive certificates stating that they had just graduated from the program.
The mission of the Treatment Court is to provide a cost-effective alternative to incarceration through a long-term, judicially monitored regime of treatment for non-violent substance dependant individuals. The program returns clean and sober individuals to the community after equipping them to maintain their sobriety and improve the quality of their lives, according to the program for the graduation ceremony.
The ceremony began with Judge Albert Masland speaking about the program and the hardships the graduates have had to overcome.
“Unless anyone be mistaken, this has not been an easy journey for our four graduates,” he said.
The program involves intense treatment, both with dependency and mental issues, to get to the bottom of the disease. The two-year program follows each individual through the judicially monitored treatment and supervision program for adults with chemical dependency who are charged with certain eligible felony crimes and facing criminal prosecution.
This option keeps non-violent offenders out of jail in a method of reducing both the drug usage and criminality of drug-using offenders, according to the Treatment Court participant’s guide.
Maurice C., the author of “God is at the Meeting; Spirituality and the Twelve Steps” discussed what a chance it is that these graduates have been given, and congratulated the court on such an initiative.
“What you folks are doing is beyond anything I can imagine,” he said. “There are a lot of people with a lot at risk here. I encourage those in the program to take full advantage of it. The gift that you have here and in sobriety ... we spend a lot of time learning to be grateful.”
Maurice C., a former alcoholic has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 25 years.
He spoke about the need to realize that there are people who care in the world and want to see others succeed, and accepting one for oneself and learning to live without drugs or alcohol......
A little bit about Maurice C....
Maurice C. received the gift of sobriety more than twenty-five years ago through membership in Alcoholics Anonymous. Through AA, Maurice found the ability to let go of the past and let God take the future. In God Is at the Meeting, Maurice gives insight into a world where hurt and shame lead people to feel that they are "less than" and that they must build walls to protect themselves. Those walls get higher and higher until alcohol or drugs seem to be the only relief. Once enslaved, the alcoholic tries desperately to maintain and strengthen the walls of self-protection, to do it all on his or her own until, finally, the effort becomes too exhausting. If this is you-listen. You don't have to live that way any longer. There is a way out, and this way out has worked for thousands of people just like you for more than seventy-five years. If you will let Him, God will walk with you through the twelve steps to sobriety and a life without walls. This book is not meant in any way to replace the time-tested books of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is one man's insight into finding, leaning on and growing into a stronger relationship with God as you work through the steps.