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Prop 36 has been helping people enter treatment and improve—and even save—their own lives since July 2001. Since then, over 60,000 Californians have completed drug treatment and had a good chance at recovery.

These are the stories of some of those people. If you would like to include your story, let us know by clicking on the "Submit Your Story" link above.

Scott J.


Scott J. started using alcohol and drugs when he was 12 and had been in and out of state and federal prison throughout his life for non-violent drug offenses. But when Scott faced his third strike and 25 years to life in prison for a simple possession charge, he learned he qualified for treatment instead of jail under the then brand-new Proposition 36 law. He had never before been offered treatment.

His time in prison provided no respite from his using. In prison, he says, there were more drugs in a smaller area. He was worn out and struggling with methamphetamine when he started Prop. 36 drug treatment. When he entered an intensive residential treatment program, he felt like he was finally getting the tools he needed to make a change.

In August 2006, Scott will have five years clean and sober. He is the foreman for a company that does environmental construction and supports five children (youngest 3, then 14, 15, 20 and 21), three that still live in the house. Since graduating from Prop. 36 he had a new baby, now three years old. He bought a new house across the street from his mother, so that he can help her deal with her diabetes.

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