DTAP graduates’ path to success begins with walk across stage

DTAP graduates’ path to success begins with walk across stage
Andrea Mendoza went from facing prison to becoming a successful graduate of the Pima County Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison program. (Source: Andrea Mendoza)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Eleven graduates will cross the stage at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind on Thursday, June 6.

The number is small, but the obstacles overcome by each are huge.

Each of the graduates is a former drug offender who finished one of Pima County’s two drug programs: the Pima County Drug Court or the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison program (DTAP). Both programs work with the participants to get treatment and to help them become better members of our community.

Andrea Mendoza is one of the graduates on a path to success. That wasn’t always the case. For more than five years she was addicted to pain killers and when that wasn’t enough she started doing heroin.

The drug use eventually led to an arrest in 2017 that would change her life.

Mendoza says she lost her family and even her children. She spent time in jail and knew she needed to change.

Mendoza was given an option to either go to prison or enter the DTAP program. She choose DTAP and it was long hard program, but she made it.

Mendoza has been clean for almost 18 months and she again has the custody of her children.

The graduation for the programs begin at 6 p.m.

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