Monday, April 29, 2013

Who counsels the counselor?

SHOCKED AND SADDENED to learn today about the arrest of Adams County Probation Officer John Grotts, one of the good guys around here. Click here and here for the stories. When you read the TV story, you'll see a lot of moronic comments, and people never cease to amaze me with their lack of understanding and stupidity, but I'll stop now.

John heads up the Drug Court program and has helped thousands of people with addiction issues. John himself abused drugs and alcohol for many years until sobering up and dedicating his life to help others with addictions.

He was arrested on meth-related charges. First things first - there is a lot more to this story, so don't rush to judgement, but if indeed it's true, well .... it's sad beyond words.

It's a matter of trust. The head guy falls, and you wonder how you can believe in something, anything. And there is a huge price to pay if indeed he is guilty.

Drug Court will be fine. There are many people involved, and it's a good program, one of the few that work in the war against meth.

State's Attorney Jon Barnard calls this a "cautionary tale" because drugs don't discriminate. Meth doesn't care if you are black, white, rich, poor, respected, despised, a Christian or a saint.

And even the counselors need counseling.

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