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Sabrina


Sabrina is 23 and living under a bridge in Seattle. Sabrina and an old boyfriend hitchhiked to Seattle to spend a few weeks. Those weeks have now turned into four years of homelessness. Sabrina says […]

Sabrina

Sabrina is 23 and living under a bridge in Seattle. Sabrina and an old boyfriend hitchhiked to Seattle to spend a few weeks. Those weeks have now turned into four years of homelessness.

Sabrina says she has been on her own since she was 16. She left her home town to explore the world, yet like so many other kids these days, she fell into the addiction of heroin.

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you’ve probably heard me talk about heroin being the perfect drug to forget the pain of homelessness.  Cheap, easy to get, and the effects help you forget all the pain! Trouble is, heroin is extremely addictive, and in a very short time a person goes from getting high to needing a fix to ‘maintain’. Without the fix a heroin addict gets violently sick. For reference, Cameron gave a very honest and candid interview about addictions that you can watch here.

There is a lot more research about homelessness and it’s causes these days, and that’s a good thing. For years, I have been asking people far smarter than I am to start researching how many homeless youth end up chronically homeless as adults. I would gather, because of socioeconomic and physiological reasons, a lot of homeless kids stay homeless, which to me, is a very serious crisis.

Last week I was in Portland and I met a few young kids all addicted to heroin. Many of them still had their youthful appearance, but you could tell the drugs and the street life where quickly taking a toll.

At 23 Sabrina still has a long and fruitful life in front of her, but being very real, our socially would rather lock up a drug addict them help them get back to a normal life. We really need to work on helping homeless youth get the support they need before they end up using hard drugs for any length of time.  Sabrina’s story breaks my heart, and knowing there are thousands upon thousands of other youth out there in the same situation wrecks me!

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  • Ayala from NY

    Painful

  • lv4gves

    Unbearably sad. My heart breaks for her.

  • Canario

    Most people are very fast to judge because they believe that they can control the world. Anything bad that happens to you has to be because you deserved it. Either you were lazy or soft or didn’t do the right thing. The truth is that luck plays a very big role in how things turn out for everyone of us… But acknowledging it is very scary. It’s better to think that we deserve our outcome because we are just and good and hard-working and sheltered from the ills of the Universe.

  • jolene

    Do you followup with them? Do you contact agencies who might be interested to help?

  • http://raulcolon.net/ Raul Colon

    It breaks my heart to see these videos… But hopefully it will break more hearts so Sabrina and the many others can get off the street.

  • http://hardlynormal.com hardlynormal

    Hi Jolene,

    I actually spoke to an agency this morning about Sabrina, and I’ll be going back there tonight with some local service providers.

    Issue is, the whole system is broken making people service resistant. A person also has to want help.

    In several cases local communities have reached out to their neighbors after seeing their video and I know of three occasions where people were housed because of their Invisible People.

  • MB

    There are many people that have encountered life events that could take them down this road. it appears to me some people need chemicals to support their progress and get their bodies back on track. Drugs and Alcohol allow people to self medicate (where they realize it or not) they lean into these as their support mechanism but the drugs and alcohol alter so much more in the body that the results don’t last and of course only cause more of that substance to sustain them. It is sad there seem to be no connection between the two, to assist in them in getting off or at least understanding the hamster wheel that they have chosen to walk on.

  • Terre

    Sabrina sounds like an intelligent young lady who let her circumstances guide her life. Very unfortunate but many kids like her feel alone and not worthy of help. Her looking down when it came to her wishes shows me she feels unworthy. Now, how to build that back up to believe she is a created being that deserves a chance and that she can make some pivitol changes right now. Easy to say, very hard to do and harder yet to get her to believe. Build her up folks, build her up.Terre

  • Geniieva

    Just makes me sad. So sad. And also, people who aren’t homeless need some insight about the people we see at intersections holding cardboard signs. There are stories (maybe urban legends?) that these people are faking it, that they aren’t homeless, and that they go back to some comfy house somewhere. I’d like to know if any reporters have ever found that to be the case. Like post a link somewhere to prove it. I am not homeless and I have a job, etc. When I see these people, especially when they are NOT at an intersection, I’m typically compelled to help. But I don’t.

  • timothy hitchcock

    listen, everyone thinks its going to be better somewhere else. im from florida, south florida, i too am intelligent young man and well spoken, but im in the same position as sabrina. forgive me for bad punctuation, i dont even care anymore. im hungry, gotta dollar?

  • Chris Garrett

    Sabrina, addiction or otherwise, is like many other homeless. When you’ve been in it long enough, which is, sadly enough, not more than a few months, you lose hope swiftly and find yourself accommodating to the situation. People are adaptable. While each one of these people say they want to get out of their homeless situation, the question becomes: do they have the will and drive to do so?

    Via upbringing, bad examples, being told you’re not good enough, or simply living homeless for long enough, your sense of self-worth and power to change your situation becomes overbearing. You don’t realize just how handicapped you are and even a helping hand isn’t enough. Trust me, for those who are homeless and stay homeless, there’s serious psychological damage. And so, where do you start? Giving them money is certainly a good beginning, but what are they supposed to do with it? Giving them a home is another fantastic start, but how do they keep it? They must be given a job or creative outlet where they can feel and know, without a doubt, that what they’re doing is valued by others.

    How do we allow them to construct within themselves a continued source of self-worth?

  • richie

    hi wish you was closer here its lots of things homeless people can get in and get a new start back in life you need to come to tupelo ms.

  • Dee

    There are so many sad stories. I wish there was a way to save these people. Drugs are ruining so many lives.