Two months clean

A young man I worked with had just come out here from Toronto with his girlfriend. They had a very tumultuous relationship and would break up, get back together, use crack, break up and so on and so on. He also would do week long stints in the downtown eastside (DTES), selling drugs to fund his crack binge.

He would always come back to Covenant House and talk with me about his experiences with crime and violence while down there. He knew it wasn’t right and he felt very guilty and shameful that he would always go back to that lifestyle. Throughout this time the youth tried to get clean, he had a few stays in detox and even tried treatment. He also connected with a psychiatrist here to help him manage his depression and other mental health issues.

Eventually, he realized that his relationship was not helping either of them get ahead in life and that being near the downtown eastside (DTES) was too tempting. He decided to leave Vancouver and give it a go elsewhere in Canada.

During his time away he managed to stay clean and even found employment. Unfortunately he connected with another girl and began to go downhill emotionally and physically with her. He returned to Vancouver and once again, was using, dealing and calling the DTES his home.  Somehow, he went back to detox and ended up in a supportive recovery bed and then moved on to treatment at Together We Can.

A young man I worked with had just come out here from Toronto with his girlfriend. They had a very tumultuous relationship and would break up, get back together, use crack, break up and so on and so on. He also would do week long stints in the downtown eastside (DTES), selling drugs to fund his crack binge.

He would always come back to Covenant House and talk with me about his experiences with crime and violence while down there. He knew it wasn’t right and he felt very guilty and shameful that he would always go back to that lifestyle. Throughout this time the youth tried to get clean, he had a few stays in detox and even tried treatment. He also connected with a psychiatrist here to help him manage his depression and other mental health issues.

Eventually, he realized that his relationship was not helping either of them get ahead in life and that being near the downtown eastside (DTES) was too tempting. He decided to leave Vancouver and give it a go elsewhere in Canada.

During his time away he managed to stay clean and even found employment. Unfortunately he connected with another girl and began to go downhill emotionally and physically with her. He returned to Vancouver and once again, was using, dealing and calling the DTES his home.  Somehow, he went back to detox and ended up in a supportive recovery bed and then moved on to treatment at Together We Can.

Recently, this youth showed up with a beaming smile on his face. He had made it 2 months clean! He told me he was working the twelve step program and determined to stay away from the ladies (at least for awhile).

Everyone at CSS was amazed not only with how healthy he looked, but how determined he was to move forward, forgive himself and live life on healthy terms!!

Do you know anyone who has beat a crack addiction?