NEWTON — Four years in the past, an athletic director overdosed on the job. Now, Billy Gaine is sharing his restoration story in hoping of serving to another person.
“I developed this substance abuse drawback. It’s a illness,” stated Gaine.
For six years, he was hooked on opioids.
Before his health profession, Gaine was the athletic director at Hopedale High School. In 2018, he overdosed at college in his workplace.
“Everyone was within the constructing that day, so lots of people have been there,” Gaine recalled. “Lowest level, we name that the reward of desperation, our all-time low within the restoration world.”
For Gaine, all-time low was additionally considered one of his biggest blessings: the key was out, and thru months of rehab, he was in a position to get the assistance he wanted.
“You acquired to do the work and it’s a must to be humble,” Gaine stated.
Seeing different addicts wrestle, like these on Mass & Cass, reminds Gaine day-after-day of how far he is come and the way a lot he desires to assist.
Outside Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2,290 purple flags have been positioned in reminiscence of those that misplaced their lives to opioids in Massachusetts this yr. It’s an 8.8% enhance from 2020.
“There are quite a lot of causes however essentially the most predominately its fentanyl which I’m certain lots of people have heard about however it’s so potent that it is now being blended in with different road medication that individuals use,” stated Dr. Scott Weiner, an emergency doctor and the chief director of the opioid and ache innovation program at Brigham.
He stated Mass and Cass is “the more serious we have ever seen it.”
Gaine has been sober now for 4 years. He is aware of his highway to restoration and a a lot more healthy life-style has not been a simple one. But he hopes his story will encourage others who’re going by an identical dependancy and present that there’s hope.
“My message isn’t solely can we get well and it is taken a very long time however we are able to thrive too, we are able to take it to the following stage.”
He feels his vulnerability is his biggest energy.
“By me speaking about this factor that I’ve overcome and understanding that its inspiring one or two individuals on this class or one thing, who aren’t essentially coping with substance abuse however is making an attempt to beat melancholy…that is the most effective feeling to me,” stated Gaine.