NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville father is celebrating Father’s Day with with a new sense of clarity and connection to his children.
Eric Webb, 30, is the father to a 9, 5, and 3 year old.
He said he struggled with an addiction to opiates and heroine. While he was abusing the drugs, he was not focused on being there for the people he loved.
“Then all I worried about was my addiction and doing whatever I needed to do to get drugs,” Webb explained. ”Whether it was lying or manipulating, I did it.”
Webb tried to get sober. He spent time in an inpatient rehabilitation facility for eight months at one point.
But he relapsed once he returned home. He then came to Davidson County’s General Sessions Treatment Court, also called Drug Court.
Judge Casey Moreland founded it in 2003 and now presides over the court. Nonviolent drug offenders are able to participate in the 12 to 18 month program.
Participants are required to attend treatment services at least three times a week, substance abuse monitoring four times a week, and transitional housing residency while taking classes in anger management, life skills and job readiness.
Webb, who is in phase two of the program, is one of Judge Moreland’s top participants.
“You can see him back when he was arrested, and he has changed quite a bit,” Judge Moreland said. “He really has taken ownership in the fact of being a father.”
Judge Moreland continued, “There are a lot of cases that make you feel like you are running into a wall, but then you have ones like Eric and it keeps you going.”
Now Webb is reaping the benefits of sobriety in his personal life.
“I am starting to get the trust back that I have lost over the years from family and co-workers,” he said. “It’s been a safe haven for me, it has kept me accountable and its shown me my priorities.”
At the top of those priorities is being a good father to his three children.
“Going to the meetings and being accountable through the drug testing has helped me,” he said. “With the drug court we get the treatment but also learn how to live in society and be a normal person.”
Judge Moreland said Webb is well on his way to the third and final phase of Treatment Court.
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