Through the kindness of a friend, Roxanne Byrd found herself with $3,000 cash on a Friday night.
The money was to help Byrd, 56, buy a car.
Tuesday, Byrd said the fact she woke up the next day with the $3,000 still in her possession and not spent on crack cocaine and alcohol proves that York County's drug treatment court can work.
Byrd said she first got high at age 14. By age 32, her life was all but "destroyed" by crack cocaine and alcohol. She was arrested 10 times in York, Dauphin and Cumberland counties, she said, and each arrest had something to do with drugs or alcohol. She spent time in state prison. She spent time in county prison.
When she was arrested again in 2010 in York County, she was offered a place in drug treatment court.
"God delivered me to drug court because I couldn't do it myself," she said. "It gave me the structure and the tools."
Now clean and sober for 18 months, Byrd said, "I actually like me and I hadn't liked me in years."
Byrd, a drug court graduate, was the guest speaker at Tuesday's ceremony in the York County Administration Building where Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery bestowed official accreditation on the York County Adult Drug and DUI Treatment Courts.
The certificate of accreditation, signed by McCaffery and Chief Justice Ronald Castille, acknowledges the treatment courts as "an approved drug court for the commonwealth" for "being in compliance with the nationally recognized best practices for program operations and standards established by" the Supreme Court.
"This isn't just a piece of paper," McCaffery said. "It's a lot of hard work."
McCaffery acknowledged the judges, attorneys and county employees who make up the drug court.
Judge Penny L. Blackwell said there currently are more than 400 people participating in one of the county's four -- drug, DUI, mental health and veterans -- adult treatment courts. She said there is a waiting list for defendants to get into the treatment courts.
Blackwell said the accreditation gives the county "extra credit" when the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency considers grant requests for the treatment courts.
In 2011, the drug treatment court was named one of the 10 national mentor programs by the National Drug Court Institute in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance.