I guess like most gripping stories these days, I'll start at the end, flashback briefly to the past, and then from there we'll go forward.
This story begins right here, right now. As I sit at a friends house, taking advantage of internet availability(something I always took for granted), my head is spinning. Partially from stress, partially from information overload, but mostly from that unmistakable sense of "How the F*** did it come to this".
I want to start by saying, I'm not an addict, I'm educated, and there was a time I was great at what I do.
Depression and stress has eaten me alive without my ever really being able to see it, and now I feel as if I've woken from a ten year long dream, and have no understanding of my reality.
Ten years... seems like a long time, but I swear it was yesterday.
As time goes on I'll dive more into the events that led me here, but for right now, and for the sake of this blog, I'm going to explane a little of what this blog is.
My goal here is to share the day to day experience as I go through the system. Hopefully this will provide a non filtered look for people who wonder what really happens to people in my situation, as well as provide a tool for people facing similar situations.
I know nothing about how this will work, and while I am getting a lot of info online, none of it gives me real answers.
Obviously results and opportunities will vary for every person depending on thier situation, but I will give you a full report of every step I will take, and I will share any acomplishments and failures, so hopefully it may help someone down the road make the right calls or desisions, sooner than later.
I will share what works and what don't work towards getting proper rehabilitation and transitioning back to a productive self sufficient life.
I'll also share as much insight from others as I can. There's a lot of different stories out there that lead people to this situation, and there are also a ton of misconceptions. I'm simply going to give you an uncensored look into the system as I move through it, and hopefully sooner or later this story will have a happy ending.
Now, onto the donations link.... you didnt think there was going to be a look into being homeless without a donation link for me, did you?
However let me at least explain, how that will work. First and foremost the first thing I need to obtain is a web enabled phone, so I can not only share my words, but I can also my experiences, as well as the experiences of others, via photos and video.
Also the importance of this is just the staggering amount of calls I need to place over the near future, and different agencies that I need to visit, research, and corespond with.
Lets face it, we're in the information age, and already I'm learning quickly that there is a lot of help out there, but most simply dont know about it, or have the means to find out.
So to best help me keep you and others informed, I need to stay informed and keep my corresponding quick. Many opportunities are first come first serve, so I need a fast line of communication.
So if you're interested in helping me keep this blog as useful as it needs to be, you can start by clicking the donation link at the top of the page on the right hand column.
So where do we start? We start tomorrow by trying to find a shelter that will take me as well as asign me a case worker who can help me understand exactly what kind of help I need, and how to go about it.
I'm thinking first thing I need is a roof and a doctor to help me make sense of how I got here.
So hopefully I can share my first day experiences fast as possible. Till I get a phone and can share info as it happens, I'll have to get to libraries to get use of internet.
Hopefully I can recap right away, so stay tuned. Good or bad, I'm going to give it to you straight.