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Counselor Doug McDaniel congratulates juvenile drug court graduate Ashley. Ashley is the first participant to graduate from the program in a year. Other teens are still working the intensive program, including half a dozen teen boys, whose faces have been blurred in the above photo to protect their identities

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Turning a life around is not easy

Juvenile drug court is tough, effective

It was no cakewalk, but for one teen, undergoing a year of intensive therapy and frequent status hearings at Payson’s juvenile drug court has turned her life around. And on Monday, the 17-year-old was rewarded for 230 sober days with — a cake.

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