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Only member of 1st Columbiana Co. Drug Court graduation class celebrates success

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LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – Drug courts offer a second chance for people to change their lives. On Tuesday, there was a graduation ceremony in Lisbon.

The first graduating class of the Columbiana County Municipal Drug Court had only one member, Ami Demeo.

“I’m so excited. I couldn’t sleep last night. I have a future. I can’t wait. I have other goals now,” she said.

Demeo is going to graduate from Eastern Gateway later this year.

Her story started with pain pills then moved up to heroin — eight years of addiction.

She spent 15 days in jail but 20 months in drug court, working to change her life.

“Her energy and her obvious commitment to succeeding in this program. I thought, ‘This girl is going to make it.’ I was right,” said Judge Timothy J. McNicol.

Demeo has rebuilt relationships with her mother and her family and now gets unlimited time with her two children.

She was one of three people who got into the drug court when it started two years ago. Now, there are close to 30.

Demeo hopes that group follows what she has done.

“I hope they see my journey and know that you can do it because you can recover, you can get sober, you can change your life,” she said.

Demeo says if life is going bad, try changing the people, places and things around you, and you’ll see benefits.

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