May is National Drug Court Month, and in honor of the landmark, the Butte County Drug Court hosted a special celebration for 5 graduates. They invited graduates, along with friends and loved ones, to show up for the afternoon. They had cupcakes and candy for the kids, and each graduate received a plaque and a picture of their mug shot. The graduates each stood up and described the process that they went through to reach success. Joseph Purcell held up a white board, and read, in chronological order, the failures and successes he'd had up to now. They included several drug arrests, temporarily losing custody of his four sons, and continuing the battle against drugs. He says the Butte County Drug Court saved his life, and the life of his family. Elin Carson also graduated Thursday. He says he had to deal with many troubling issues in his past, but he feels strong as he faces his future. The Butte County Drug Court has graduated 675 people since it was founded it 1995.