Addiction : a Mother Shares the Story of her Son

Addicted, Homeless, Working

a dilemma all over the world ...
a dilemma all over the world ...

Addicts don't want to be Addicts

Louise is the mother of an addict and homeless son. She's just like you and me and she lives down the street from you.

Chris became an addict at a young age as a result of being bullied. Yes the affects of bullying are real and they can happen to anyone, not just to the kid next door. Bullying is not a rare occurrence in our society anymore, it happens daily and its affects are long term.

It broke my heart to hear how her teen's life was changed forever, the circumstances are too real today.

Too many people in today's society think that addiction and homelessness can't touch their world; it only happens to people who don't have their lives in order, the uneducated, unemployed and people who live off the government.

Well here's a reality check. Louise lives in Saanich, BC. It's a community just outside of Victoria and included in the regions which make up the CRD area of Victoria. This didn't happen as a result of living in a bad area of a city. This child lived in a quiet neighbourhood where he could walk to school.

Every story is different when it comes to addiction and homelessness and this is one that could result in any one of kids becoming addicted under the same circumstances.

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Corporations Create the Poor

The idea that addicted and homeless people don't deserve to be helped and become long term healthy members of society again is absurd. The world needs to recognize the vulnerability of our population as a human race. Faced with unreasonable living expectations by a community governed and directed by corporations and the almighty dollar can only lead to the downfall of more and more citizens and former taxpayers.

How can it be that we can be so focused on what we want but don't need so much so that we can't see those who only want what they need?

If our governments won't help create and support long term solutions to the members of our community who need and want help then who will?

It's time to support members of our communities who need help with addictions and homeless issues as we all do our best to succeed in this capitalistic driven society.

Community Support

Louise believes that if a therapeutic community like Woodwynn Farms existed for her son he could receive the long term help he not only needs but wants. The short term programs and jail cells the governments are supporting aren't helping to solve the problem, they are only temporary solutions.

The video gives insight from the heart of a mom.

Thank you Louise for sharing. I hope Chris calls tonight.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I wish you would have written more because this is a great subject with a wonderful message. I love your passion for the things that are important in life.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks billybuc, I didn't want to write too much because what Louise shares is more powerful than words I could write.

I am passionate about the world and the people in it ...


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

ok billybuc - I added some passion ...


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi eye say!

I'm really glad I hopped this hub! It is, indeed, a growing challenge for all society. I was not surprised to hear to describe the "homeless" as often not without a home, but "couch surfing" to survive. My wife and I have our own family story, much like this one, though for now it is getting better. With addicts, you just never know when the next bomb is going to drop!

I also particularly liked your use of the phrase Education for prevention and I too, would like to see the businesses and governments and the "People" of the world unite to say we must begin to spend the soft dollars if we are going to solve the "hard" issues of life.

Our hearts go out to this mother, Louise, and to her son whom, we hope will one day make a decision to care about himself enough to see himself in a different light.

Thanks for writing!


Rachel 4 years ago

wow, so, so, so sad. It can happen to anybody, even someone living in Saanich. Great Hub!!! Voted up!

Yes, Education for Prevention is needed. Homelessness should also be talked about in school. It can happen to anybody, caused by something happening, not getting any help, and then a string of bad choices that can lead up to dependence and homelessness.

And bullying, often the root of all evil. This is not discussed at all in school. On one day, all the children wear a pink T-Shirt. Big Deal...

Great Hub!


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

anonymous; thank you for your input via comments. I have shared them with Louise who has been in contact with her son since, and your support is much appreciated.

A huge problem that continues to need to be discussed explored and resolved for everyone in our world.


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eye say 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks for reading Rachel, unfortunately the bad choices are all too often a result of the lack of help and support there is for those who have fallen into addictions. I can only hope that one day we all see the need to make this a big enough issue that addiction and homelessness will be looked at as a place where money should be go instead of banks who can't do business, car companies who can't make it and other captain's of industry who need help.

It is criminal that the government doesn't think twice about supporting big companies who need help by throwing billions of dollars their way but let people who support the system starve and live in cars, on couches and in the streets...

Thanks again for being affected ...

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