JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Brittney London started using drugs and alcohol when she was 9 years old.

Now a 34-year-old mother, she's used everything from marijuana to meth and pills to heroin, washing it down with liquor and beer.

"I had a really rough childhood, so I discovered when I smoked pot and when I drank I didn't have to feel the way I was feeling," London said.

London said her first access to drugs came through a friend's older sister. And she started drinking her grandfather's alcohol at home. It eventually led to a life of incarceration and failed attempts at sobriety.

"I didn't know anything else. It was my life," London said. "I used for every reason. I used when I happy. I used when I was sad. I used when I wanted to have fun. I used when I was mad. I used for everything.

"I didn't want to live anymore."

She hit bottom with the birth of her fifth child on the side of the road a few blocks from the hospital. She eventaully lost custody of all of all her kids, a thought that still moves her to tears.

"I knew when I got to the hospital they would take her from me," London said while crying. "It was horrible, and they didn't want me to see her, because I was high."

It was moments like that that led her to Clark County's family treatment drug court. The program provides wrap-around services, virtually holding addicts hands as they make the journey to sobriety. The program is expanding in Jeffersonville, thanks to a $2 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"We're going to be able to have people in the home, out in the community and two or three more people like me able to support them," said Iris Rubadue, Clark County's Family Treatment Drug Court Coordinator.

The money will fund a new family reunification program called Bridge to Success. The name is a play on words. Since the program is federally funded, addicts in Clark County can now cross the bridge into Louisville and get services previously unavailable to them.

And with that new funding, the program is expected to offer substance abuse treatment, mental health services and counseling for 175 families over the next five years.

"It changes everything," said Clark County Circuit Court Judge Vicki Carmichael. "It is a godsend and blessing we weren't sure we were going to get."

Carmichael started the drug court in 2011 and said there are about 200 cases filed a year, on average, where at least one child is removed from the home, and it's almost always related to drugs and alcohol abuse.

"I don't want to see these kids go through this again," Carmichael said. "I don't want to see the cycle continue."

Indiana's annual overdose fatalities jumped more than 20 percent in the latest Centers for Disease Control reports. More than 1,500 people died, mostly from opioids.

London said she could have been one of them had it no been for the drug court program.

"They're caring and loving, but firm," London said. "But they can spot B.S. a mile away, which is necessary when dealing with someone like me."

London has reached 10 months of sobriety and is on track to get her kids back.

"It gives you a lot of hope," London said.

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