ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) - She's a former prison inmate, a mother, a recovering meth addictand she's beating the odds.
Danielle was released from the Rockville Correctional Facilityjust eight months ago after graduating from their C.L.I.F.F. rehabprogram.
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 hewas once an inmate herself. However, now she's a mentor, part of awomen's ministry group to tell other women in jail her story andthat 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 beenextradited from Texas, I've done crazy things."
Danielle was sent to Rockville prison twice, the second timeshe vowed would be her last.
"The first time is was a joke to me, 70 days and then the judgegave 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, workingtowards recovery. She served two years in prison and graduated fromrehab but returning home wasn't easy.
"I feared going home to certain family members that were stillusing."
Instead of using, Danielle enrolled in online collegecourses. Then she decided to go back to jail to help otherwomen.
"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 said.
Danielle still has reminders of her rehab, a photo, adrawing, even her group's T-shirt. The shirt may be faded but thememory of her struggle hasn't faded.
"It was hard being an addict, it's not hard living life onlife's terms."
For Danielle, it's about saving other women from the samefate.
"If I can do it, they can do it, nobody wants to be an addict,"Danielle said.
Danielle said she found freedom from her addiction, in herstrength, in her song and in her ministry. Danielle plans tocontinue working with the women's ministry Breaking Free at thejail. She's also pursuing a degree, in criminal justice.
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