Shelter Update 04/23/16

Still staying at the homeless shelter one full week after the end of my 30 days. The shelter staff has referred me to a supportive housing program which offers semi independent living mixed with drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Not sure how long that will take but the case manager here spoke with a case manager there and they have a bed available. 

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3 comments

  1. The supportive housing programme sounds like a really good option for you. When I left a year of residential rehab for cocaine, alcohol, benzos and bulimia at the end of 2005 I went into a “dry house” a supported housing unit. No one was allowed to drink or use (although some people did) in the house and we had a support worker. Someone I’d been in treatment with was in the house and it really helped me to stay clean. I have never relapsed since then and was 11 years clean at the beginning of this year despite having a nervous breakdown and 4 psychiatric relapses during my recovery. I also have BPD. In early recovery you need as much support as you can get and these additional programmes in the house could really help you stay clean. I am now in recovery from the BPD as well as severe OCD, PTSD, clinical depression and other addictions. I am happier and more peaceful than I have ever been and am experiencing sanity for the first time in my life.

  2. The supportive housing programme sounds like a really good option for you. When I left a year of residential rehab for cocaine, alcohol, benzos and bulimia at the end of 2005 I went into a “dry house” a supported housing unit. No one was allowed to drink or use (although some people did) in the house and we had a support worker. Someone I’d been in treatment with was in the house and it really helped me to stay clean. I have never relapsed since then and was 11 years clean at the beginning of this year despite having a nervous breakdown and 4 psychiatric relapses during my recovery. I also have BPD. In early recovery you need as much support as you can get and these additional programmes in the house could really help you stay clean. I am now in recovery from the BPD as well as severe OCD, PTSD, clinical depression and other addictions. I am happier and more peaceful than I have ever been and am experiencing sanity for the first time in my life.

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    1. Thank you. I agree that supportive housing is a good option for me. Watching someone at the shelter nearly die from a heroin overdose this morning reenforces how fragile recovery can be especially this early. I have 40 days clean and am hanging on for dear life. In addition to BPD, I also suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and Schizophrenia. I have a hard time accepting that I am sick as I am, but I am slowly learning to take all the help I can get.

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