Fullilove attends Tuesday council meetings

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove was out of rehab and back in the council's chambers Tuesday.

Fullilove said she has been in rehab for 32 days, and insisted she was continuing the program.

"The counselors at the facility where I am, they thought it would be a good idea and get back to work," she said.

"I'm just taking one day at a time."

It has been a difficult year for Fullilove, who has been arrested three times relating to suspicion of DUI.

In one case, she was involved in a car crash that injured a young girl and charged with license fraud.  Her latest arrest came days after her husband had a heart attack.

Two weeks ago, Fullilove became just the second council member ever to be censured by the city council.  Tuesday afternoon, she admitted treatment was the only option she had to address her abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol.

"I was not able to cope...cope with the pain...cope with physical and emotional pain," she said.
Fullilove said she was seeking a fresh start, working to improve herself and help her constituents.

"I'm just taking one day at a time, so I don't know how long I will be there, but I'm there, but I'm here today and that's more important," she said.

Fullilove said she has received much support from fellow council members and constituents.