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By Facing Mental Illness  September 1, 2017

PROFILE: From dragon to butterfly, turning a painful past into a meaningful present

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Johnnie Calloway. Photographed Thursday, August 17, 2017. [Herald-Tribune staff photo / Thomas Bender]

 


By SNN Newsroom August 10, 2017

SNN: Code Black: Opioids Can Lead To Hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS

SARASOTA – The many complications of the Opioid crisis sweeping our nation. Johnnie shares how much he saw with the sharing of needles and how many friends he had lost as a result.


SARASOTA – An author chronicles his metamorphosis from addiction using, literally, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. Johnnie Calloway explains how this transformation changes from a life of taking to one of giving.

“It fills my soul. It’s a big part of my recovery from my mental illnesses because it gets me connected to something real…. It’s amazing how raising these things and keeping them going keeps me connected to the planet. I use the metamorphosis of the butterfly as an analogy of what happens with a drug addict and a recovering addict because a caterpillar only eats, doesn’t care about anything but taking, and a butterfly only gives. It takes nectar from one plant to the next and becomes the giver… The lesson to be drawn is that we can all become givers no matter how much we’ve taken, we can all learn to give, and giving is what heals the soul… My mom died when I was five. I grew up thinking I killed her. It led me to my own drug addiction and alcoholism, and my deepest hope to help others who have lived through abuse and mental illness and are terrified of the stigmas… to be able to have a voice.”


 

Hear Johnnie talk about Dragons To Butterflies on Hay House Radio

 

 


INTERVIEW WITH ABC-7 NEWS

My interview with ABC-7 was a success. Thank you to all whom watched it, and if you missed it click here to watch. Bipolar and depression effect thousands of people across the country. Most signs go unnoticed by family members and friends making it hard to tell if your loved one is suffering from either of these life altering diseases. To gain a little more insight into this world, take a moment to watch my informative interview.