Fulton County Drug Court holds first graduation


By Kristin Hayes - For the Enterprise



Jacob Maberson, the first Fulton County Drug Court graduate, with Carol Tiffany and Erica Burkholder, right.

Jacob Maberson, the first Fulton County Drug Court graduate, with Carol Tiffany and Erica Burkholder, right.


Photo by Melinda Robinson

The first graduate of the Fulton County Drug Court, Jacob Maberson, right, hugs Judge Jeffrey Robinson at the ceremony.


Kristin Hayes | Swanton Enterprise

The Fulton County Drug Court held its first graduation from their Fulton County Drug Court program on Thursday.

Jacob Maberson spent a year and a half completing the biggest adventure of his life – becoming sober. With help from Erica Burkholder, Judge Jeffrey Robinson, his probation officer Shane Chamberlin, Carol Tiffany, Job and Family Services, Child Support, and Robert Lomas, Maberson was able to get his life back.

The graduation was full of supporters that helped fund the program, including Fulton County Commissioners, and the Four County ADAMhs Board. George’s Radio also gave donations to this program.

He has been a year and a half sober, had 171 negative drug screens, meetings with Erica Burkholder once a week, and intensive therapy. Maberson went to many support meetings, he held himself accountable and was open and honest to his addiction.

“It is so important that in recovery, you become a better person,” Burkholder explained.

Robinson also spoke at Maberson’s graduation stating, “I went to the Commissioners to get approval; to be able to help; even if it was just one person.” An emotional judge went on saying to the other men and women in recovery, “I am going to be demanding on all of you, because I want you to have a decent life. This is your opportunity to get a life, and I am so proud to be a part of it.”

Maberson has been invited to speak with middle school and high school students. He has shared his story and talked to teens about how drugs and alcohol abuse can ruin lives, and not just their life, also the people who love you.

Maberson plans to further his education to become a Telecommunications Specialist. “My brain wants activity,” he said. “Right now I am enough. My life to a better path has just begun.”

Jacob Maberson, the first Fulton County Drug Court graduate, with Carol Tiffany and Erica Burkholder, right.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/10/web1_Drug-Court-grad.jpgJacob Maberson, the first Fulton County Drug Court graduate, with Carol Tiffany and Erica Burkholder, right. Photo by Melinda Robinson

The first graduate of the Fulton County Drug Court, Jacob Maberson, right, hugs Judge Jeffrey Robinson at the ceremony.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/10/web1_maberson-hugging.jpgThe first graduate of the Fulton County Drug Court, Jacob Maberson, right, hugs Judge Jeffrey Robinson at the ceremony. Kristin Hayes | Swanton Enterprise

By Kristin Hayes

For the Enterprise