Homelessness and Drug Use in Southern California

Drug use here in Newport, California as well as across southern California produces many consequences for those that suffer from alcohol and drug dependence.  One such consequence is homelessness.  Homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse often seem to go hand in hand.  Sometimes the drug abuse comes after the person or family becomes homeless, though many times the state of homelessness is caused by the drug and alcohol abuse.

A 2008 survey conducted by the US Conference of Mayors asked the mayors of 25 cities their top three causes of homelessness.  Drug abuse topped the list as the number one cause of homelessness.  A 2007 study found that two-thirds of homeless people report that drugs and/or alcohol were a major reason for them becoming homeless (Didenko and Pankratz 2007).

The problem is much worse in California than other states.  The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in its 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report found that southern California remains home to the largest homeless population in the country.  Not much changed in its 2014 report with it finding that the five major city areas with the highest rates of unsheltered homelessness were all located in California. San Jose/Santa Clara City and County reported the highest rate, with three quarters of its homeless population staying in unsheltered locations.

The problems faced by the homeless exacerbate by certain circumstances.  A main issue that hinders efforts to rehabilitate homeless is the catch-22 that many of them face due to their underlying psychological issues.   Many public psychiatric facilities do not treat drug addiction and many publically funded drug treatment facilities do not treat mental disorders.  This leaves homeless people with a much higher chance of relapse.

Besides drug and alcohol treatment and psychiatric services, it is also imperative that those individuals also receive job training, have community involvement and develop a network of support in order to help reduce the occurrence of relapse.

Underlying Emotional Stress and It’s Link To Addiction

Helping Your Children with Their Addiction



So a question parents often ask is how I can I empower my child to help them get the help they need.  And at the same time be helpful but not get in the way and allowing them to learn to do it for themselves.  And this can be a hard question to answer because it is hard to step out of what you know and the relationship.  And also this is your child and you love them, no one sees them like you do and no one is going love the like you do.  So often, parents we try to help them balance or find a middle ground where they can be helpful but also empower their children to learn life skills that are going to help them maneuver through the world.

One very important question to ask yourself is what does work, and how I (the parent) might be getting the way.  And to just sort of objectively ask that question of yourself, I think just putting the question out there and just being aware of it.  Often help parents make the decision in the moment, when for example they might be doing too much for their child or when they need to jump in and just help a little bit.

A really tough thing parents go through when watching their child go through recovery is watching them suffer and its part of recovery. When children are the beginnings of recovery especially can be really tough.  So the question is when my child is suffering, and they are not doing OK, how do I need not get involved to help end their suffering?

Which has been an important part of my parent role all my life?  I think nobody wants to see their child suffer. I think there is a combination of answers there. I think part of it is trusting when the children start to learn a language they start to know when to ask for themselves what is helpful. So it’s helpful to start to have conversations with your kids about, “what is helpful to you.  How do you, want me to help you when you’re in a good place.”

I think the other thing is to get opinions of other people. Friends and family, there are people everyone has an opinion, lots of people like to give their opinion.  What you want is people you trust and love. And ask them.

Tell me when I am getting too involved or over stepping my boundaries and not letting my child how to learn for themselves and how to maneuver this world.

The other thing I want to say is that, the world is a harsh place and there a lot of rules. And these days it gets more and more complicated to figure out these rules and anybody, even for children not going through addiction recovery.

It’s an important conversation and it’s important that you are helping your child learn new skills

Constantly and moving forward, bit by bit letting go of things that you used to do for them and learning to let them empower themselves a little more each day.  So you might set simple goals of for example, this month what can they do on their own, that I won’t do for them anymore.  There’s a lot of tips on how to empower your children and of course there’s self-help groups out there just for that purpose. Such as Allen on parent meetings because they are comprised of other parents who have gone through what you are going through right now.

Drug Addiction Got Me Fired, Now What?



It’s really easy to be down on ourselves when a major life event happens like we lose our job, we get kicked out of school we lose friends, and what happens is this cycles starts to happen where we feel really down on ourselves, because we lost our job, or we lost our friends, and so eventually what happens is we need to self-medicate. Well then what happens is that causes issues and then something else happens and then that causes us to be down on ourselves because we used,

So it becomes really hard to get out of this cycle of abuse and loss and even if we have recovery and we relapse, which sometimes happens, not feeling bad that we relapsed or lost something else, and not wanting to hit the bottle or drugs to feel better and to self-medicate.  What we do is we start to help develop habits of not beating ourselves up and we have a whole exercise where we look at judgment and how damaging judgment can be.

Because what judgment does is judgment makes us have more extreme emotion, soif I start looking at things as real good or real bad, I start to have severe emotions about it and I want to self-medicate so we sort of take the judgment out of things and learn to look at things at more practical manner. What are the consequences of this and what I can do about it.

We also help people to look at themselves ahead of time when they are in a better place, maybe when they are in recovery and what are the pros and cons when I do certain behaviors like addiction that get me into trouble so when I am in that place where I’m not feeling good and I want to us I can remember why am I doing this what are the pros and cons of staying in recovery and not using the other thing I would say about losing your job or losing something major, is the idea that without sounding too trite, making lemonade out of lemons, that it’s a really important job in life, to learn acceptance in the true sense of the word, that once something happens in the past there is absolutely nothing I can do about tit, and I can’t predict the future, and I can’t say that losing this job isn’t going to necessarily lead to really great things.

I have to stay in the present I have to stay in right now and just today and how do I take maybe some of the lessons I learned from what just happened to me, and improve, and move forward so that in the future I don’t have those things happen to me again and do it in healthy ways that I am not always reaching for that damaging  thing like self medicating, and that’s going to make me worse.  So if you want more help in your recovery, with questions like this you can go to healing path recovery.com

Is Full Time Rehab Right for You


It is a difficult decision to decide what level of care that we require when we are in the grip of active addiction.  There’s a little voice in the back of your mind always telling that, it’s not a big deal.  Maybe you can control it.  Maybe you just need a little bit of help. Well consider, this is from the little book from Alcoholics Anonymous.  If when you honestly want to you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking or using, you have little control over the amount you take, you’re suffering from the disease of addiction.

If you have tried to stop on your own and failed repeatedly, the chances of you be able to do it on your own, in all honesty is probably zero. And you know in your heart of heart this to be true.  You need some help.  You can’t do it on your own.  So what level of recovery will you require?  Is it a day program, where you just show up after work or during the day?  Only you know for certain, if you have the ability to stay clean and sober, in an environment where you are left to your own devices.  If you believe you can, healing path has a way to help you, however if you need 24 hour care we can provide that service for you as well.  The first step you must take is realizing that you have a problem and that you cannot control it yourself and you need help. Contact us we can help you find the level of care you need to get your through your path to recovery.