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Akron drug court to get $1M grant to expand the court and help addicts

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 23:25:57-04

Help is on the way for one judge who has taken it upon herself to help addicts.

Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joy Malek Oldfield has presided over Turning Point, a 12 month program to help addicts through recovery, since last February.

"Not everybody makes it. No program has 100 percent success,” Oldfield said. "It's exhausting because you care. This is a built in relationship. I see them every week."

A one million dollar grant will provide more resources, including more counselors and a second judge by next month.

"I was just going through the motions, because I thought it was a means to an end,” said Mark, who recently completed the program. “They will give you everything that you need to succeed, you just got to put the work in."

Thanks to Turning Point, Mark says he has his life and his kids back.