It’s common knowledge that substance abuse is endemic amongst the homeless community, but have you ever stopped to wonder why?
I have met pre teen girls whose addicted mothers started them on heroin or crack and put them to work as prostitutes.
I have met countless homeless people who never used drugs before society turned its back on them and left them to struggle for survival on the streets. When society turns it’s back and life becomes a minute by minute struggle to stay alive, substance abuse is a natural and nearly inevitable result. Every one of us would seek some kind of comfort from the pain of exclusion.
I have NEVER MET anyone who woke up one morning and said to themselves, “What should I do today? I know, I’ll become a drug addict.”