Kenny Butler has been active in the Milwaukee recovery community since completion of the Roots program in 2015.
“The best part about working with residents in the house is seeing the change in young people that they previously thought was impossible. I can relate to almost every resident in some way and it keeps me grounded and humble. Before I came to Roots I was delusional and grandiose, and now I focus on making my future a reality through action, patience, and helping others. I am happy to have come to the point where I can see that no matter where we are, there is always room for growth.”
“It is truly amazing to see someone come in broken and hopeless and transform into a strong, confident woman. I definitely see parts of myself in the women on each step of their journey in the house. From being desperate and lost coming in, the growing pains of change and taking a look inside ourselves, all the way to the blessing of life and what this program gives us. I especially relate with the women that have children, as I have two and I know how hard it is to be away from our kids and face the reality of how we affected them. I love being able to show newly sober women that this program works and will give us back a life with our children, better than we ever expected.”
“If I can do it, anyone can do it, if they are ready. My passion is helping others beat their addiction. I am committed to helping as many people as possible successfully complete the Roots program. I believe that education and understanding addiction is a key part of recovery.
Many of the residents in my house remind me of myself. Initially not really knowing what to expect. Trying to understand all the new rules and expectations being asked of me. As each day passes learning how to get along with completely new people and learning how to hold each other accountable for each other’s success or failure. It’s tough at first, but as the friendships build so do the small successes.“
“Roots changed my life. I found peace of mind and a way to share it. I look to my future, and instead of being scared, I’m excited. I want to help the house residents find the same confidence in themselves, and to learn that they can use their experience to help others.”
“When I came to Roots I didn’t know up from down. I was desperate and hopeless. The house managers and residents helped me pick up the pieces and make myself whole again. They cared for me like a brother from the moment I walked in the door. I feel truly blessed that I have the opportunity to be a house manager now, and offer that same level of love and support to every new resident. Playing a small part in guiding residents through their journey in recovery is more rewarding than I could ever put into words. Watching and taking an active role in the transformation residents make during their time in Roots is a powerful experience.”
“Coming to Roots was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After struggling with substance abuse for 8 years I knew that I needed help learning a new way of life. The new way of life I have found with the help of Roots is better than anything I thought possible. Today my purpose is to help others who were as hopeless as I was find true happiness and peace.”
“Roots taught me so many life lessons that I had been ignoring. Once I became open, honest, and willing I saw at light at the end of the tunnel. I love that I now have the opportunity to help others create their own light. Everyone deserves the chance to learn how to lead a fulfilling life in recovery. They can do it – they just have to believe that they can.”