Dana Roberts has been married for 24 years and is a mother to four beautiful children: Kristin, Marshall, Zachary and Emilee. She is also known as “Bibi” to her sweet granddaughter, Blakelyn! After attending her first Out of the Darkness Community Walk in 2012, Dana joined the Alabama Board of Directors in March of 2014. She has served as a member of the Birmingham OOTD walk committee as well as coordinator for Birmingham Metro’s International Survivor of Suicide Loss Day. She has received safeTALK and ASIST training and travels throughout the state training others to be suicide-alert.
After receiving a much needed surgical procedure in 2004, Dana was prescribed pain medication and spent seven years battling an unexpected opiate addiction as as result. In October of 2011, three weeks after a childhood friend’s sister took her life, Dana attempted to take her own life. She immediately checked into detox to receive treatment and has been using her experience to help others ever since.
Shortly after going through treatment, Dana began working at an Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center and completed the 12 Step Study through the Celebrate Recovery Program. She left the treatment center in January 2014 and began working with the local school system as a school bus driver and substitute teacher. The accountability of random drug screenings helps her to stay focused on her responsibilities and recovery.
Dana believes God spared her life that day so that she could share her story with people fighting the same battles. She speaks at DHR Drug Court, a local women’s addiction center, schools, and churches; each time she shares her story, she feels a sense of healing and hope! Dana is thankful for the darkness she experienced in her life because without it, she wouldn’t be able to help others out of theirs.