By Damian McElrath Ph.D.
As Hazelden marks its fiftieth anniversary, the significance of Patrick Butler to this occasion can't be over priced. Pat Butler's personal tale, mentioned during this publication, is one among early wealth and accomplishment followed by way of worsening bouts of solitary consuming that introduced him to Hazelden at a time while either he and the suffering establishment have been of their so much determined desire of aid. Damian McElrath writes of Pat's lifestyles: from his delivery in 1900 right into a first new release Irish family members of mining marketers, via his collage years at Yale, to his paintings for the family members enterprise in Cleveland. There, among 1924 and 1939, he married, raised a kinfolk, served within the Ohio legislature, advertised iron ore, and have become bothered with an ailment that grew steadily worse because the years wore on. It was once no longer until eventually 1950, as a retired millionaire in St. Paul, that Pat attempted the straightforward therapy version at Hazelden, the place he all started a lifetime of sobriety and found his new avocation: supporting different alcoholics. McElrath explores the difficulty and conversion that eventually ended in this radical switch. He touches at the historical past of Hazelden because it intersects with Pat Butler's trip, starting with the Butler family's monetary rescue of Hazelden in 1951 and carrying on with via Pat's long term carrier as president and time as chairman of the board. this is often the inspiring tale of a guy whose commitment, loyalty, and compassion gave Hazelden a feeling of path and a spirit of humanity and repair that to at the present time tell the gracefully nurtured idea of a worrying group. Accompanying this story are approximately thirty photographs in addition to the non-public testimonials of people that knew Patrick Butler, and whose phrases around out McElrath's inspiring photograph of this outstanding personality.