LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- Substance abuse has touched the lives of almost everyone. If not by using themselves, a close friend or relative has struggled with addiction.
Webb County is trying to focus more on treatment rather than punishment.
The month of May has been declared Drug Court Awareness month in Webb County.
The county has three different drug courts all designed to help people recover rather than spend time in jail.
28-year-old Maria Sanchez wants nothing more than have her kids back.
Sanchez is a mother of two.
She's been recovering from addiction with the help of the Webb County Family Drug Court.
Since it began in 2010, more than 100 families have been reunited by the court.
It helps parents of children who are under watch by Child Protective Services.
Everyone in the program goes through drug tests, treatment and does community service work.
This program is an alternative to incarceration and strives to keep families together.
With each step the parents complete, they are rewarded.
Sanchez has been in the program for nine months, and in two weeks she will graduate and looks forward to her new life.
Along with Maria, three other families will graduate later this month.
Webb County attorney Marco Montemayor says while some people relapse, the majority of the program's graduates stay on track.