Butch was a successful business owner with assets in the millions. He had two thriving companies, a loving marriage, and a nice home. That all started to fall apart when a doctor prescribed Butch opioids for chronic back and neck pain at age 53. Initially providing a welcome relief from the pain, he soon found he could not stop taking the pills. Without them he developed withdrawal symptoms. He needed the pills not for pain relief or to "get high," but to stop the withdrawal symptoms that were hard to endure.
When his need became more than he could get from his doctors, he turned to the streets as source for pills. According to Butch, he felt, through no fault of his own, that he had gone from a patient seeking help to "a criminal." His businesses collapsed, his wife divorced him, and he lost his house and "nest egg" for retirement. After suffering over three years of managed addiction, Butch checked himself into rehab.
Butch no longer takes prescription opioids, but his addiction is something he struggles with every day. The damage done during his years of painkiller treatment will haunt him for the rest of his life. Butch is sharing his story as a warning to others who may be struggling with opioid addiction. He hopes no one else has to lose everything the way he did.