When Ronald McAdams got out of prison at age 60, he didn’t want to go back to Philadelphia.
He’d spent more than 30 years trying to kick his opioid addiction, in and out of rehabs and detoxes, and was afraid if he went back he’d get hooked again.
He was always wary of buprenorphine because he thought it was just another thing to become dependent on. But this time around, he gave it a try. That was a year ago, and so far, so good: McAdams is going to night school for his high school diploma.
“I always just wanted to do something, to be productive,” said McAdams, now 61. “But when that disease have you, it don’t care, it comes first. I was dry bones, I was walking dead around here. Never know what it was to feel freedom. But I have a sense of freedom now.”