"I was a true-blue alcoholic," Doug Potts said. "I drank until I blacked out. I woke up and I'm drinking. Go to sleep and I'm drinking. I was just not functional."
Libertie Potts said even when she was sober, she still hadn't changed her ways. She was still lying, gossiping and occasionally shoplifting. She said she would go to bars "just to do karaoke." She said going to bars and keeping her old ways and old friends contributed to her relapse.
"It doesn't work out for people who are addicts and drug addicts," she said. "We don't belong in bars."
For the Potts, the final straw came when they were arrested for possession with their children in the car.
"My daughters were all crying. They were terrified," Libertie Potts said. "Doug told me he was going to leave me if I did it again, but I couldn’t stop, and I had drugs in the car. The cops pulled us over and Doug got out and told the cops it was his even though they weren't."
Facing multiple felony charges and the prospect of losing their kids, the Potts applied for the Wood Pilot Program.
Today, the Potts are clean and avoid any past behaviors and friends that helped them get in trouble in the first place. Now they work part time with Wood Pilot helping other addicts.
"Wood Pilot is a team," Libertie Potts said. "They have probation. They have have treatment. They have Rex (a mental health counselor), they have mentors; everyone's a team and we all work together to help people. It's different than regular probation."
She said the program is the reason she now listens to her child and gets to be there for them.
"I support them in their drams and help them with their homework. Before it was, 'I'm busy, I'm busy' and not taking time to listen," she said. "I'm grateful. I belong in prison. I get to be with my kids and tuck them in at night."
Butler said the program taught him the tools he needed to cope without drugs. He also hopes to someday be there for his fiance’s children – once the program coordinators approve it. For now, he's just proud of what he has already accomplished.
"This is the longest I've been sober," he said. "I want to finish (the program) for myself. I want to know I can do it."