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Self-confessed drug addict given chance to enter treatment program

Accomack County General District Court (Photo: Staff photo by Carol Vaughn)

Nancy Drury Duncan, Special to The Daily Times 12:00 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2019

A Maryland woman with self-confessed drug addiction will get a chance to clean up with help from a community based corrections program. Alexandra Apostopoulos, 26, of Delmar, was in Accomack County court Jan. 10 on charges of violating the terms of her probation.

Apostopoulos  was convicted of possession of  heroin and shoplifting in March 2018 and spent six months in jail. She had seven years and six months of time suspended hanging over her when she was arrested for violating probation. 

In court, Apostopoulos admitted her drug problem and asked to be considered for Virginia’s Community Corrections Alternative Program or CCAP, which provides substance abuse treatment. 

“When she was arrested for violating the terms of her probation, she knew she needed help with her addiction,” said defense attorney Paul Watson. “Her family and friends are grateful for the program for her,” said Watson, pointing to the row of family and friends sitting in the courtroom offering support.

Substitute Judge Burke F. McCahill asked Apostopoulos  about the drug she used. She responded saying, “Everything, mostly heroin.” She told the court she had been attending A.A. meetings while incarcerated.  

Cahill asked Apostapoulos about her friends. She told him  she had a friend who died from using heroin. “The people who sold you the drugs are not here,” said the judge. “They don’t care about you.” He sentenced her to complete the CCAP program and ordered to be on supervised probation for a year after her release then added another part to her sentence. 

“Upon your release, you are to go to 90 (Narcotics Anonymous or A.A.) meetings  in 90 days. You are highly at risk, highly at risk,” he told her.  

Apostopoulos smiled, thanked the judge and told  him  it would not be a problem for her to do that.

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