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Larry began abusing alcohol and drugs to deal with his depression and the traumatic stress he had endured as a child. His drug habit worsened while his mental health rapidly deteriorated. He received the help he needed to recover at The Firehouse Shelter.

Comfortable, secure, safe, confident, forgiving, focused are qualities that describe a healthy, well-adjusted person. For Larry, those were exactly what his childhood was missing.

“For the longest time, I was depressed and confused; struggling with my identity due to the physical and mental abuse I suffered as a child,” Larry said. The pain and shame lasted into adulthood. He felt very conflicted and alone. He lost his job, went through a divorce, was estranged from his family and children, and became homeless.

Larry began abusing alcohol and drugs to deal with his depression and the traumatic stress he had endured as a child. His drug habit worsened while his mental health rapidly deteriorated. In 2008, he arrived at The Firehouse Shelter clinically depressed, addicted and suffering from the effects of PTSD.

Though it has been a slow process, Larry credits The Firehouse Shelter, its staff and life-transforming programs in leading him to a new place emotionally, mentally and spiritually. “I have learned how to stay clean and sober; how to forgive myself and others. I owe a great debt to Clyde, Safe Haven Case Manager, for just being there, the long talks loaded with valuable advice and for treating me like a brother!”

Larry received help at The Firehouse Shelter. To learn more about this program, please visit their page on our resource directory.

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