Peter Lye

Peter Lye is another Graduate of the program and an active member of the Dreamteam. He is also a member of several committees both within and outside of the Drug Treatment Court, and is one of our most successful graduates. Below is his tribute speech at our 10th Anniversary celebration that was held on December 1st 2008:

I’m glad we are here where I watched my first graduation at Drug Treatment Court. That was when I first believed I would make it.

We anchor and ground ourselves in a firm “take care of #1”, or like my mother in the humanism of Bertrand Russell, but many ground themselves in spirituality.

Anyways, once you’re grounded you have a way of sorting out morality and relationships and much becomes possible. Our example is achieving sobriety; much easier with your rationale and a purpose (graduation). I entered recovery under persuasion from authority, family and self. I slowly made progress, but became amazed and thrilled by what was happening in my 50s yet beyond just graduation. I had equated the mental self-examination and understood that you need to turn over rocks in a weedy garden; something to be avoided and postponed. Instead of crawly things, I discovered near magical sequences and events in my past that I had suppressed, and new things happened to me as I struggled with Drug Treatment Court. In sum, they signified an all-pervasive force for good within us and events.

Indeed it's amazing that an ostensibly adversarial process could be so supportive. As it went on I was inspired to continue my volunteer work, encouraging housing as the major piece in recovery, and the understanding of this issue.

A week ago I spoke to a class in the school of Social Work and participated in a United Way project called SHIFT – an 8 month ongoing think-tank on homelessness. Also last week my rock band EASTERN GAP got its website on you-tube. With the group I play at community events where I grew up. They seem glad to see me.

Now I’m doing what I was doing at 18, before I tried drugs. Because of quiet time I’ve learned to appreciate, and because of guidance I have acquired what was lacking 40 years ago, some kind of spiritual grounding. Each must divine his own, It’s never too late. I know this because I discovered more than sobriety through my work with Drug Treatment Court and the alumni, I found purpose.

Thank you.