It's interesting how someone with no home and little money can more likely get help for an addiction. I have often noted this glaring introduction to reality when I tried to reach out for help these past few years.
"Oh, you have Medicare." or "You have a disability income." or "You have a home."
Somehow, this precludes me from getting help. Clara was a terrible, irascible alcoholic, and homeless when she sought help. She was able to secure some housing via section 8 and get in an outpatient program for alcoholics down in Columbus, Georgia. There was help there available for her. James Christian is homeless in NYC and has recently been able to get into an outpatient program for homeless alcoholics.
I am not complaining, mind you. I have far greater resources than those two. I just can't afford treatment for my alcoholism. It is up to me and my program with A.A. to stay sober.
I noted tonight something amazing about Rosa. She had a terrible crack cocaine addiction. It was devastating and left her on the streets for years. Now, she will walk all the way to the clubhouse, like she did tonight, for an N.A. (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting. It is freezing cold, a very long walk, and she could have easily stayed home and watched TV. She is working her program and I need to set a better example for her than just these online A.A. meetings I have been attending. Rosa is amazing to me to have gone through what she went through and to still be sane and whole as a person. Miracles are worked everyday in the programs of A.A. and N.A. I want to be one of those miracles.