New Book Announcement

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” is the 3rd book by William Reiley Butler nonfiction book on Amazon.

A special price for purchasing the eBook will be sent to you this week. I will also send detail on the live October 14th launch.

The ebook has been released. The paperback on October 7th of 2022. The book is written so readers understand that life can throw negative life-changing events at an individual. Those adverse catalysts can be so bad that homelessness, trauma, and substance abuse becomes part of their life, and they must live on the street.

But, there are tools and a new way of life that an individual can use and implement that will help that person acquire a better quality of life. “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” follows Brian who experienced 5 of those catalysts and discovered 2 tools of recovery that got him off the street and back into a promising future.

I would like you to participate by viewing our launch on Oct 14th at 4 pm Est. More to follow.

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT ” to Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” is the 3rd book by William Reiley Butler Nonfiction book on Amazon

The new book, to be released in October of 2022, is written so the readers can understand that life can through negative events at an individual. It can be so bad that homelessness and substance abuse becomes part of life by living on the street. BUT, there are people who care and action plans that, if implemented with focus, can help an individual to a better quality of life.

The book adjusts the use of William White and Dr. David Best’s’ Recovery Capital Scale and my 11 Point Action Plan for the homeless. William Reiley Butler has modified the William White’s original scale by adding categories of the statements which makes it easier to understand areas to improve and create more specific action plans to reach a better quality of life. The title of the Assessment Scale is “Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment.

Brian Masters created an 11 Point Action Plan for the homeless and substance abusers my set a foundation for a better quality of life. You will read events that brought a prosperous man into the streets. You will read and understand each life event that built a proven action plan in chapter.

Brian Masters – (pen name for William Reiley Butler)_

brianmasters919@gmail.com or william-butler.com

Updated 11 Point Action Plan for Homelessness and Substance Abuse Recovery

Readers, times have changed. Homelessness has become rampant in the United States and other countries. Along with the street people and tent homes addiction complements the problem for these people.

For those who want to try for a better quality of life, I have written an new book, “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” which will be released in October 2022. Years ago I created and published The 11 Point Action Plan which can be used for the homeless as well as those suffering from substance abuse.

The action plan set a foundation for getting off the street and steps to addiction recovery. These action plan points have been proven by my recovery and others. William White, a world renown recovery consultant, speaker, and author has reviewed the 11 Point Action Plan and has agreed that if there is an action plan which complements his work, this is it.

My book, “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” contains my action plan and William White and Dr. David Best’s Recovery Capital Scale for measurement of an individual’s progress. William White’s comments in the book describing the Capital Scale’s benefit is:

“Recovery Capital and using the Recovery Capital Scale by William White and William Cloud and currently active through Dr. David Best. Just like financial capital, the “capital” in Recovery Capital consists of the assets and resources you need to improve your quality of life and achieve normalcy. By giving honest answers to the scale’s thirty-five statements, you will discover the strengths and weaknesses of your situation. When you find out the flaw, you can create and implement action plans to correct them, thereby improving your “scale score.”

The new book (my 3rd book) details the progress that “Brian Masters” experiences after being a successful business man whose 5 life changing events make him homeless, on the street, living in shelters, public housing, and depression intensifies substance abuse. I present to you the 11 Point Action Plan to create a base for recovering a good quality of life. The book details each part of Brian Master’s experiences so readers can identify and incorporate actions plans for the readers recovery.

 11 Point Action Plan and a Better Quality of Life

“While I was homeless, I struggled to regain control of my life. Eventually, I came to see homeless life in shelters as an opportunity to work with the people at the Serenity Center and research the actions that could provide hope and lead to self-improvement. Strangely, my circumstance allowed me to reflect, document, and analyze how I ended up where I was. By taking on a serious project with a website and book, I created “Action Plans,” which, in any combination, will establish a beachhead to normalcy”.

My desire for recovery prompted me to create 11 Action Plans for a new quality of life. Making these action plans can help you too. As time went on and I acted on specific plans. I researched other tools espoused by other professionals such as AA, SMART RECOVERY, Yale University Medical School, William White, and Dr. David Best. These actions are intended to help create a foundation for eventual recovery and leave homelessness behind. Each plan has its breakdown of “who, what, where, and when.” These are my 11 Point Action Plans:

Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery 11-Point Action Plan:

  1. 90 days of mandatory or self-committed institutionalization. Attend ongoing classes, meetings, and online recovery websites without any substance use other than doctor-prescribed medication. The brain needs to reset itself.
  2. Reliable and consistent transportation. (Car, friends, metro, walking)
  3. Look for and utilize every resource offered by the federal and state government and recovery resource centers while using community housing, food options, work for state reimbursement, and food stamps (SNAP).
  4. Engage close friends and family for support who are not enablers or socially connected with substance users. This is over and above a sponsor.
  5. Remove yourself from the town, city, state, friends, and family that trigger substance use.
  6. Separate yourself from all those who use inconsistent and/or unsupported paths until you are self-assured that sobriety has returned. Continue to attend scheduled onsite and virtual recovery meetings. Engage in therapy and psychiatric support.
  1. With the support of a physician, experiment with medicine that may assist in cognitive realization.
  2. Find housing with substance-free family, friends, or housing organizations.
  3. Work and/or volunteer in substance-free organizations, and religious establishments, and/or turn to a Higher Power for understanding(s). KEEP BUSY
  4. Understand life’s “triggers” and seek therapy to neutralize the pain and memories that might keep you trapped in the past or contributors to homelessness and substance abuse.
  5. Create and implement a financial support plan, including a budget you can live on. With the use of transportation mentioned in number 2 and acquire stable work. For example, $16/hour for a 40-hour week will net $2,560 per month.

Note: Give yourself a minimum of one (1) year of self-control before considering a partner.

If you combine any of the above actions that work for you, you can have a better quality of life going forward. If that happens, this book and the accompanying website (www.addictionrealityeducation.com) Addiction-Reality-Education” will have achieved their goals”.

It may help you work with the 11 Point Action Plan by partnering with an advocate or clinical recovery professional.

Please feel free to email your comments to brianmasters919@gmail.com or use “william-butler.com

The Author Discusses Road to Addiction – Highways to Recovery

There is continual reinforcement for you to read and act upon the contents of this book. I have received emails that mentioned, that by understanding their situation, tough events can happen to anyone. Readers changed their course of life and started to live again.

Be My Guest 11 12 20 William Butler Authorand share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.youtu.be

I have pasted my first TV interview which describes my intention to relay what Brian Masters experienced. The second interview needs you to click to the WCCATV link.

https://www.wccatv.com/video/daily-breaking/dailybreaking-36

Protection from COVID 19 has forced men, women, children, and young adults into their homes and shelters. Depression and idol time which leads to excess drinking and use of drugs to fill the boredom.

Fight the urge with other activities and/or use moderation since there is no stopping you. Remember, this will end. Concentrate on what you will look like and be like when it is over. You owe it to yourself, friends, and family to be positive.

I suggest you read “william white’s blog” and comment on my website:

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Smile on,

11 Action Plans for Recovery – A New Quality of Life

The new book, “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery will be released in October of 2022. People and events in the book actually happened and the people are real.

Taking control of your life is the goal. Without question, seek multiple resources to guide you to a better place. Addiction to drugs and being homeless are just part of the picture; additionally trauma, bipolar disorder and anger management will benefit from the 11 point action plan. Therapy, recovery systems and financial assistance (gov., job, other) are available if we look for it.

You will find what you need through multiple paths.

Reach out to professionals, knowledgeable peers and internet resources. Such as Smart, Hope. org state backed recovery centers and religious organizations. More websites for hope will be in the new book. From this point forward, make a new end.”

Yale University studies have proven that the brain needs 90 days to reset; AA attempts to suggest and enforce 90 days of meetings. Let the first action plan be a 90 day goal.

Road to Recovery 11 Point Action Plan:

  1. 90 days of mandatory or self-committed institutionalization. Attend ongoing classes, meetings, and online recovery websites without any substance use other than doctor prescribed medication. The brain needs to reset itself.
  2. Reliable and consistent transportation. (Car, friends, metro, walking)
  3. Look for and utilize every resource offered by the federal and state government, while using community housing and food options.
  4. Engage close friends and family for support who are not enablers or socially connected with substance users. This is over and above a sponsor.
  5. Remove yourself from the town, city, state, friends, and family that trigger substance use.
  6. Separate yourself from all those who use inconsistent and/or unsupported paths until you are self-assured that sobriety has returned. Attend scheduled onsite and virtual recovery meetings.
  7. With the support of a physician, experiment with medicine which may assist in cognitive realization.
  8. Find housing with substance free family, friends, or housing organizations.
  9. Work and/or volunteer in substance free organizations, religious establishments, and/or turn to a Higher Power for understanding(s). KEEP BUSY
  10. Understand life’s “triggers” and seek therapy to neutralize the pain and memories that might keep you trapped in the past.
  11. With the use of transportation mentioned in number 2, acquire stable work. For example: $16/hour for a 40 hour week will net $2,560 per month.

Note: Give yourself a minimum of one (1) year of self control before considering a partner.

The new book, ” Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” will follow Brian Masters through and good life, tragic life events, homelessness, the street, and substance abuse. Then Brian discovers a multiple plan to recover step by step. The book is nonfiction and people and events are real.

Even better, send in your comments about modifications and additions to these 11 Action Plans which will create thought and discussion to william-butler.com

Smile Every Day,

Brian Masters (pen name for William Reiley Butler)

brianmasters919@gmail.com

About the Author

 

Brian Masters wrote Roads to Addiction – Highways to Recovery: The Brian Masters Story to bring to light five life events that destroyed his world and sent him into homeless shelters and the street of another culture; the subculture. All the events, places, and people recounted in the book are real and happened. Although the events Masters recounts are from his life, the roads to addiction and highways to recovery could be anyone’s lifetime.  He was raised in Fayetteville-Manlius New York, now lives in Massachusetts, was an honor student of Syracuse University and a successful high technology sales executive before spiraling through a series of catastrophes including an acrimonious divorce, a life-threatening attack, capital market collapse, infections from medical procedures, and addiction. Creating eleven action plans, seeking support, rehabilitation, and the multiple pathway approach, he worked his way to recovery and a good quality of life. In his book, Brian shows how he achieved these goals and encourages the reader to do the same.                                                                                          

William Butler writing under the pseudonym of Brian Masters. He is a patron of FreeLancewiting, NY Book Editors, SMART, Spectrum Health Services – Recovery Connection, Hope.org and Saint Vincent DePaul of Marlborough Massachusetts. He and Dr. Gloria Jacobs produced a blog (www.addictionrealityeducation.com) that exposes the realities of substance use and promotes the uplifting results of potential medical solutions, referrals and the eleven action plans for those who are addicted, on the path of addiction, or have family or friends needing help.

brianmasters919@gmail.com – william-butler.com

     

Valuable Help for Addiction to Heroin and Opiates

Readers;

It has been a long time posting to my website. This was due to infections in both hips, that were given to me during hip replacements. With the help of Newton Wellesley Orthopedic surgeons, the Infectious Disease doctor, and long antibiotic input and 4 more operations, we beat the infections and I can now get back to work.

I have been contacted by a group that is a must for a you, your friend or a family that must beat Heroin or opiate addiction. I will be writing more blogs following this one reinforcing the work that Help.org is doing nationwide.

I will start with the email that came to me months ago. The email is a perfect explanation of Helps.org purpose for all of those in need.

Please read;

Brian Masters – brianmasters919@gmail.com

Hi Brian,

Thank you for writing back! I work with a group of medical professionals here at Help.org and based on conversations we have had with communities across the US, the vast majority of people who need treatment for opiods or heroin abuse do not seek it. Part of the reason is that those who are dependent on opiates often don’t relate to the term “addict.” Many keep using just to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms, not to get a euphoric high. Eventually, many progress to heroin because it is cheap and easy to obtain. So, we created a guide that provides comprehensive information on topics like the various faces of addiction, how to get help, and the different types of treatments that are available.

You can learn more about our guide here:

We would appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with you to share this free guide anywhere on your website, as it would be of tremendous value to your readers and those who are suffering from opioid or heroin addiction in your community.

“Roads to Addiction – Highways to Recovery: The Brian Masters Story” available on Amazon

Roads have one to two lanes – there are two to six or more lanes in a highway.

Many call this the Multiple Path to recovery. If you choose the one or two lane approach to improving your quality of life, it’s probable  that you may neglect other proven avenues to recovery and still have to live with the stigma of addiction. Facing the personal issues that brought you into the subculture of substance use could expose, hurt and provide of  hope. By facing the reality of what happened or what is happening, you can concentrate on the lanes that will take you out of your current situation.

My book, Roads to Addiction, Highways to Recovery describes three phases of my life that brought me into the subculture of substance use and out of it. I was an honor student of Syracuse University and a successful high technology sales executive before spiraling through a series of catastrophes including an acrimonious divorce, a life-threatening attack, market collapse, abandonment by family and friends, and infections from medical procedures which left me with life long disabilities. Creating eleven action plans, seeking support, rehabilitation, and the multiple pathway approach, I worked my way off the streets, to recovery and a good quality of life. In my book, I outline how I achieved these goals and I encourages the reader to do the same.

In phase three, I discuss eleven actions that I worked through. During that time, I was able to step back and see what had taken place. I faced the reality of my life by writing about it, which any of us can do through journals.  I became educated about addiction and depression. I found that to really move forward on a highway to a better life, actions must be taken. When you read phase three carefully, you will be able to see the eleven actions I took and the impact of those actions on my life.

As I was learning about addiction and recovery, I discovered that the eleven actions plans which move me up and out of the subcuture. Those actions complemented existing work by William White’s Recovery Capital concepts. Recovery Capital was discussed in detail in my last two blogs. In review, the Recovery Capital Scale includes thirty-five statements that a person serious about recovery must answer.  The statements quantify which life changing events are strong and those that are weak. The lower scored statements expose the weak areas of how you manage your life. Once you’ve assessed your weak areas, if you are truly committed, you can develop action plans to address those weaknesses and increase your score. White and his colleague Dr. David Best conducted a statistical analysis of the scores of people who completed the assessment.  Their results show that people who increase their score are able to better their life, motivate to recovery, are able to address stigma, and ultimately move out of the subculture.

If you want to learn more about the, real life, eleven action plans I developed that helped me build and use my recovery capital, you can buy the book, Roads to Recovery, Highways to Recovery: The Brian Masters Story through Amazon.  Follow this blog as well.  Future posts will introduce the key factors of each phase of my recovery.

My hope is that you can identify with the negative life events I have been through and see how my action plans actually worked.

brianmasters919@gmail.com william-butler.com

Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment – Use the Scale Monthly and Yearly

Categorizing the Scale Ratings: The individual’s answers to William White’s and Dr. David Best Recovery Capital Scale were matched to William Reiley Butler’s Category Assessments to initiate and sustain recovery from homelessness and substance abuse. I matched the numbers from the individual’s answers to statements to the KEY NUMBERS under the Category of Asset to the MASTER KEY NUMBERS from White’s scale pertaining to that category. Each person’s scale statement numbers are broken out under “Lowest and Highest.” When each person answered the Capital Scale they used 1 to 5 with 3 falling under the low number column. See The Capital Recovery Scale Evaluation and Next Steps.

If you are doing this, once you have placed the numbers under the Lowest and Highest columns, you will divide the lowest numbers in that category by the Master Category Key Numbers total of the category. The result will be the PERCENTAGE of NEED. If you are  just beginning your path to recovery, normally, the PERCENTAGE OF NEED percentages should be high. You should then concentrate on the high percentage statement on White’s statement sheet to move toward recovery.

Key Benefit: Once  you have categorized the statements you will be able to easily focus on “specific” assets.

Here are the categories and Master Category Key Numbers from the Recovery Capital scale:

Total number of Statements to answer is 35 and highest score by answering the statements is 175.

The Categories: The Recovery Capital Scale has been modified by William Reiley Butler and approved by William White. The statements are broken into six categories.

  • Occupational – attitudes about challenging work and career
  • Physical – your health, wellness, diet, and exercise
  • Emotional – management of feeling; recognition of the need for positive relationships, both intimate and family
  • Intellectual – you are thinking, problem-solving
  • Spiritual – need for spiritual recovery and practice of regular spiritual rituals
  • Social – active participation in a recovery community, the community at large, and service projects helping others

The categories help peers realize where more work needs to be done in specific areas of life improvement. It also allows the peer to see that improving one category will assist in increasing the score in another category because the statement is complementary to another statement in another categories.

Questions: What does breaking the Lowest Score tell us? How does it help?

Answer: Assuming a Case Manager is working with an individual, we now know “each” statement that can be looked at with the highest percentage of concerns. These are concerns that need to be addressed with the case manager. For each statement that is acted on, the higher the individual will progress on the Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment. Additionally, by improving the rating on any given statement, there may be a contributing effect on other categories. For example, by creating workable Transportation, an individual may get a job and hold it, thus improving the Financial and Self Motivation Categories. The Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment can be a valuable tool to recovery and a better quality of life.

Questions:  What does breaking out the Lowest Score tell us? How does it help?

Answer: By working with Recovery Capital (Assets) and Category Assessment, their percentage of the weak quality of life will turned around to become a strong foundation. Each month and year they measured themselves, which created positive reinforcement of their 11 Point Action Plan.

The Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment can be found in “Road to Homelessness – Highway to Recovery” on Amazon.

The book,  to Ho”Highway to Homelessness –  Road to Recovery will detail how an individual can progress.

Brian Masters (pen name for William Reiley Butler)

brianmasters919@gmail.com

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The Recovery Capital Scale – Category Assessment will Provide Hope to Anyone who is homeless and suffering from substance abuse.

There is a question everyone should ask themselves: “Do I want to shake off my circumstance(s) (Homelessness and Addictions) and have a good chance at a positive “Quality of Life”?

In my case, I have written about five life changing events. Anyone of these life changing events could send an individual into depression, substance abuse and living on the street.

  • Emotional trauma: a very difficult divorce after 23 years of marriage.
  • Physical trauma: an attack on my life leading to a diagnosis of Situational Anxiety
  • Abandonment: Once money and status is gone, some family and many friends separate from your world.
  • Market crash – most money gone: The capital market crashed wiping out segments of investments and bring the value of real estate so you can barely sell property.
  • Medical trauma: an infection from a spinal operation leading to induced comas, three more operations, and lifelong pain and disability.

For more information about these events and the start of this blog, read, About the Author and His Intent

I have written the 1st book under “Brian Master” which is a pen name for “William Reiley Butler”. I purposely have written about my life experiences because just one of these five events could lead anyone to homelessness and substance abuse. But once substance abuse and its causes are exposed, how do you work your way back to being normal and happy.

The following approaches will provide a start to the answer!

  1. Recovery Capital and using the Recovery Capital Scale by William White and William Cloud and managed by Dr. David Best: Simply, just like financial capital, the Capital in Recovery Capital are the assets and resources you use to improve your Quality of Life and Normalcy. By examining one’s self with honest answers to the scale’s 35 statements, you will discover the strengths and weaknesses of your situation. When you discover the activities in your life that are weak, you can create and implement action plans to correct them or improve your “scale score”. This works! See The Capital Recovery Scale Evaluation and Next Steps by William White for more information. I have worked with William White and created “Recovery Capital Scale – Category Assessment. The categories I designed make it easier to zone in on issues/statements the individual need to create action individually or with an advocate.
  2. 11 Point Action Plan to Normalcy: By combining as many of the 11 action items you feel capable of handling, you will create a foothold in your life so you can plan and move toward a better Quality of Life. I detailed these in the 11 Action Items to create a Recovery Beach Head post. I found a strong parallel between A-R-E’s Beach Head and Dr. David Best and William White’s Recovery Capital Scale.

CRITICAL ADDICTION QUESTION: How can we motivate a substance user to investigate the two concepts? How can we help someone truthfully understand what White, Cloud, and Dr. David Best are saying, which is, work the Scale, acknowledge critical areas, and plan a path for improvement? 

ANSWER:  I will start by creating simple categories from the questions in the Capital Recovery Scale. The individual will answer the questions on the Recovery Capital Scale (RCS) as truthfully as possible. We then match up the “lowest” and the “highest” numbers to the category KEY QUESTION NUMBERS from the RCS, which are under the category name; we will use a scale of 1 to 5; 3 will be in the lowest column.  The result will be a clear view of the quantity and content of the questions NEEDED TO BE ADDRESS. The individual needs to work on those areas in life which can help him or her.

Provide the User with a High Level View of Critical Personal Areas to Normalcy:

  1. High Level View of Critical Personal Areas in The Recovery Capital Scale and Category Assessment: We can create interest by organizing the thirty-five questions into easily understood of the “Categories” that a person on the street deals with everyday. Each category corresponds to the group of statements in the scale relevant to that category. Once the user answers the statement with a 1 to 5 rating, we list the questions in that category as either lowest or highest. If the category has a large number of highly rated questions, it has been or is being positively addressed by the user. Should the category have high number of low rated questions, the category has not been achieved or needs to be addressed by the user. This means that the category needs more action items and planning to improve the probability of a better quality of life and normalcy.

The Categories: The Recovery Capital Scale has been modified by William Reiley Butler and approved by William White. The statements are broken into six categories.

  • Occupational – attitudes about challenging work and career
  • Physical – your health, wellness, diet, and exercise
  • Emotional – management of feeling; recognition of the need for positive relationships, both intimate and family
  • Intellectual – you are thinking, problem-solving
  • Spiritual – need for spiritual recovery and practice of regular spiritual rituals
  • Social – active participation in a recovery community, the community at large, and service projects helping others

The categories help peers realize where more work needs to be done in specific areas of life improvement. It also allows the peer to see that improving one category will assist in increasing the score in another category because the statement is complementary to another statement in another category.

The overall objective of this exercise is to show the overlap of “low scores” in the Capital Scale. A person with homelessness and addiction can then create and implement a plan in order to achieve higher scores in the Recovery Capital Scale – Category Assessment. This will lead to a chance at regaining a better quality of life, that a person with an addiction had thought was lost.

2. The 11 Point Action Plan: 11 Action Items to create a Recovery Beach Head

NO MATTER WHAT, both concepts, must be followed up with an Action Plan/To Do List to improve your score and most importantly TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE. Based on the history of the people I have met in my discussion groups and individually, if the questions and categories are planned and executed to the positive, you will succeed. You will have HOPE!

Brian Masters (pen name for william reiley butler

brianmasters919@gmail.com

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