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GRAFTON -

Life isn't easy for anyone. In fact, it can be really hard.

There are so many temptations and obstacles many people face throughout a lifetime and for Macel Workman, it's no different.

"The day I got arrested, I remember going to jail and the relief, it was great because I didn't have to lie or keep it from anyone anymore," she said.

Workman got involved with the wrong crowd.

It started with something as harmless as smoking marijuana. But it ended up leading into something even worse.

"The meth just kind of happened. I didn't think that I had a problem but obviously I did have a problem. I couldn't stop. Once I started, I couldn't stop doing it," she said.

The day she was arrested, her life changed. She lost her kids, her career, her home and all of her belongings.

"I remember the day I got home, my son is five, he looked at me and said 'mom why would you do something you told me not to do?'," Workman said.

That was when she knew she had to change. She said her mother was with her every step of the way.

When Workman got out of jail, she was placed into the Taylor County Corrections Program.

"When these people go into community corrections, it is a difficult program. I feel its one of the most difficult community corrections programs in the state," said John Bord, Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney.

"This program has changed my life completely. I got individual therapy. I got therapy through outside providers. I get to do community service," Workman added.

Workman has gotten her life back on track.

Her kids are now able to be with her alone, she has a new job, and she is graduating from the Community Corrections program in 2014.

"Once they complete the program, they'll make it. I won't see them back in the criminal justice system and that's proven to be a fact," Bord said.

Getting drugs out of her life was everything Workman wanted and more.

"It's great. It's great to have that feeling where people are looking at you as a person and not as a drug user," she said.