She's been arrested 22 times, but now she's taking her journey …
Updated: Tuesday, 03 Nov 2009, 6:25 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 03 Nov 2009, 6:25 PM EST
ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - She's a former prison inmate, a mother, a recovering meth addict and she's beating the odds.
Danielle was released from the Rockville Correctional Facility just eight months ago after graduating from their C.L.I.F.F. rehab program.
Now, she's taking her struggle back to where it all began, behind bars, but this time it's different.
Danielle visits the Sullivan County Jail every week, where he was once an inmate herself. However, now she's a mentor, part of a women's ministry group to tell other women in jail her story and that there is hope.
"I'd hit my rock bottom, I'd been arrested like 22 times,"
Danielle said. " I've been in four different states, I've been
extradited from Texas, I've done crazy things."
Danielle was sent to Rockville prison twice, the second time she vowed would be her last.
"The first time is was a joke to me, 70 days and then the judge gave me 10 years and it wasn't no joke," she said.
She graced the halls of the C.L.I.F.F.F rehab unit, working towards recovery. She served two years in prison and graduated from rehab but returning home wasn't easy.
"I feared going home to certain family members that were still
Instead of using, Danielle enrolled in online college courses. Then she decided to go back to jail to help other women.
"By speaking out about what I've done and helping somebody else,
that's my whole recovery right there, that's how I stay clean,"
Danielle still has reminders of her rehab, a photo, a drawing, even her group's T-shirt. The shirt may be faded but the memory of her struggle hasn't faded.
"It was hard being an addict, it's not hard living life on life's terms."
For Danielle, it's about saving other women from the same fate.
"If I can do it, they can do it, nobody wants to be an addict,"
Danielle said she found freedom from her addiction, in her strength, in her song and in her ministry. Danielle plans to continue working with the women's ministry Breaking Free at the jail. She's also pursuing a degree, in criminal justice.
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