The Heartbreak Kids: Season 2.8
BUTLER RAINES!!! WELCOME TO THE HEARTBREAK KIDS. He is a dear friend of mine and has been a huge part of my community. Read Butler’s bio below ??
I had abused drugs and alcohol most of my adult life in order to drown insecurities from childhood. Although people knew I drank and partied too much, no one knew to what extent. Weighing 240lbs and drunk most of every day, I knew something had to change, and if I didn’t change I would die soon.
In Jan of 2013, I stepped into my first yoga shala, Balance Yoga Atlanta. I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew I needed to take action. I knew nothing about yoga but assumed anyone could do a yoga basics class. I had never heard the word Ashtanga nor could I imagine the impact this practice and community would have on my life.
On Jan 1st, I celebrated two years of complete sobriety. At 42 I am the fittest and happiest I’ve ever been. I am surrounded by loving friends and coworkers. My practice and sobriety have made me a better son, partner, teammate and leader.
Drugs and alcohol cost me my Ph.D. in chemistry 15 years ago. I thought I lost my chance at a fulfilling life. In March, I will celebrate 3 years as the Vice President of Product for an amazing Atlanta-based software company.
I am so grateful for this second chance at life. If I can turn it around, I believe anyone can, If I can help, just give me a shout.