They're back to old ways!
When the Teen Mom cast members first signed onto the show, they probably had no idea just how long their lives would be publicized as part of the series. Now, several years later, it’s clear to see how much has changed since the first day cameras showed up at their homes. Many of the Moms have accomplished a huge amount from the first day they found out they were pregnant — some of them are even unrecognizable from the way they were at the beginning!
With a life so public, the dark parts are bound to come out, too. For the Teen Moms, this includes domestic violence, abuse, and drug addiction. Substance abuse is a part of many of the girls’ storylines, and relapses are always part of recovery. But even knowing this, it’s clear that this Teen Mom cast member’s admission of relapse was heartbreaking for everyone involved.
Struggling With Relapse
Many of the Teen Mom cast members have had their fair share of drug scandals in their lives. Although that is in the past for many of them, there are several in the cast who are still dealing with the complications of addiction years after it began.
Substance abuse has been part of Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra’s lives since their childhoods. They grew up witnessing their parents use drugs and alcohol, and it eventually put Tyler’s life on a drastically different path when his father, Butch, was sent to jail.
Tyler was thrilled that his father was released in time to attend his wedding. It really seemed like his father was turning over a new leaf. It was clear that the transition from prison to the free world wasn’t particularly easy for him, though. Butch admitted to struggling with the temptation of drugs on the outside. Despite this, he was committed to staying clean.
Unfortunately, addiction is incredibly difficult to beat, and on the season premiere of Teen Mom OG, Butch admitted to relapsing since getting out.
Butch admitted to his son that he had been using cocaine again.“I’m going to go to church tomorrow… I think I’ll just go there and get my spirituality right.”
Clearly, Tyler could tell that this indicated that there was something weighing on Butch’s mind. “You’re going to church?” he asked. “Well, I can’t argue with that. Go to church.” But he then asked, “You think you’ve been doing pretty good staying clean and stuff?”
“No,” Butch admitted.
“When you get to my age, and you’re doing what I’ve been doing off and on for years — it’s all in the head, man,” Butch said to his son. “Ain’t the drug. It’s a desire, it’s like sex.”
In a tragic turn, Butch told Tyler that he hates himself, and Tyler points out that it’s “Because you’re doing things you know you shouldn’t do.”
Despite his hardship, it seems that Butch still wants to resist falling back into his addiction.
“I don’t want to be using anymore, I really don’t. I’m tired. It’s wearing me down, and kicking my a–,” he admits.
Unfortunately, drug addiction is affecting more people than just Catelynn and Tyler this season of Teen Mom OG. Maci Bookout is also facing this difficulty as the truth about Ryan Edwards’ $10,000 a week drug addiction is coming to light, as did how it’s affecting Bentley.
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