He comes from a single parent family..much loved..has younger siblings..no mental health issues...average student when attending school..His writing was quite articulate!!
How he started was not important he said ( he said he has to own
As he reached his 30th birthday he decided if he didn't get clean soon he wasn't going to reach number 31.
He was desperate..So he decided his best course of action was to use what was available to him..The plan was as follows:
Get into detox..he knew he would not last more than week without the drugs..or further treatment.
3 days after getting out detox he committed a few petty crimes..praying he would get caught..he did
He used his time incarcerated to complete any withdrawal..he was isolated..could not get drugs..time to think.
Ironically while on the streets he could not qualify for social assistance..but in Jail they come to you.. offering Social assistance when you leave..It was his chance to stay clean..get on the methadone program..get off the streets..get a second chance at life..He made it :) 4 years in recovery..the downside of this method..he now has a criminal record which affects him each & every time he looks for a job..attempts to travel..Etc..But he said he is alive..and in recovery.
He was sharing his story to address my post on paying for crimes when our children break the law when actively using..maybe for some..like him..it is being done as a cry for help...a means of being able to get off the streets to actually get clean!!!! To show how lacking our system is in treatment!!! I am so proud of him..as I am sure his family is :) In his case.. the means justified the end.
No one should have to go these means to receive treatment of any kind..Shame Shame Shame!!