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Cocaine in the UK: The DJ and friends helping addicts kick their ‘beasts’

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Lee Butler image captionLee Butler at Reminisce Festival in St Helens in 2019 When Lee Butler was a cocaine addict… he would start on a Friday night, keep going into Saturday and Sunday, and still be awake on Monday or Tuesday, still snorting, still drinking, still “paranoid and weird and wired”.

When Lee Butler was a cocaine addict… he would be thrown out of the family house, stumble to his mother’s, and take drugs there, too – locked in a bathroom, worried that people were watching, paranoid that police would smash down the door.

When Lee Butler was a cocaine addict… he would finally come down by Wednesday or Thursday, and tell himself – sobbing – that it was the last time, that it was over, but then Friday would come, and “just two pints” would start the booze-and-coke cycle again.

When Lee Butler was a cocaine addict… he hated himself. He needed to change and he did. Lee hasn’t had a drink or taken drugs for four years – and insists he never will again.

Now, instead of using, he helps hundreds of others kick their “cocaine beasts” too. And this – from lost weekends, to a counsellor called Chris, to a technique from an American ex-alcoholic – is how he did it. Lee, who is 50 and from Huyton in Liverpool, did not have a traumatic childhood.

His dad, Billy Butler, was – and still is – a well-known DJ in Liverpool and the North West, playing the Cavern Club and […]

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