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Sandie Boscia and one of her daughters. Sandie Boscia and one of her daughters.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

 A program designed to help reunite families torn apart by drug and alcohol abuse has seen a 94 percent success rate, according to the Pima County Juvenile Court Center.

There are currently 2,200 open dependency cases filed by Child Protective Services in Pima County alone, according to the court's Division of Child and Family Services. Of those cases, 70 percent involve families suffering from substance abuse.

The eight month family drug court program aims to reverse those numbers. The latest tally from the court shows 98 families have enrolled in family drug court since 2010, 57 of which were reunited with their children.

"When we see someone coming in and they're in such a low and they get to a point where they're graduating and their case gets closed at the same time and they're reunited with their children, it gives us hope that they're going to make it. And they want to make it," said family drug court supervisor Maureen Accurso.

Sandie Boscia's case was one such success story.

The 43-year-old mother of three young daughters suffered from methamphetamine abuse for 25 years. She knew enough was enough when CPS knocked on her door nearly two years ago to take her children away.

"I knew I needed help for a very long time," Boscia said. "I just didn't know how to go about it and be successful at it." 

Boscia and her husband enrolled in family drug court, which comprises a series of substance abuse treatments, trauma therapy and interaction with recovery support specialists who have been through similar situations as the parents they're helping. 

Boscia also participated in a 16-week component of the program called Celebrating Families, which provides weekly dinners for families undergoing family drug court.

Boscia said the driving factor to stay clean was being back with her kids and the accountability that the program instilled in her.

"I had a relapse in the middle of my case. I told everyone what I had done because I could have hid it. For me, a big part of my addiction was lying so I became honest and I told everyone what happened and they walked me through it. You know, they didn't give up on me," Boscia said.

Boscia graduated from family drug court last June and has stayed clean for 21 months.

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