Living on the Streets

In response to the question of why one stays on the streets, Steve has often said, … because it’s working for him. Extreme Sobriety asked what he means by that. How is a bed on a cold sidewalk working for him?

Street Sleeper in Seattle

The homeless drunk doesn’t know how cold the side walk is when he passes out. Next morning, though, he is desperate for another fix or a drink to shut off the pain. I did anything I could to keep it down. My goal was to be numb. Mom and family were looking for me, I was running from the marine corp, and I had abandoned my son – the pain just built and got worse.  Most of the guys on the street don’t come out of it. For a while, that’s where I was. We have to remember though, that while it may be working for them, they’re still God’s creatures.

Thank God what He saved me from. A nun at a silent retreat center that I attended last year said, You’ll receive the miracles when you’re ready. It was true for me. When I had come to my end, when the alcohol and cocaine were no longer working, I fell to my knees and begged God for help. By the end of that day I had met Father Nyer, who found me on the street. He started me on my long journey to sobriety. It was 20 years this past Thanksgiving that I moved into his cabin on Bainbridge Island.

If I would have written down my future 12 years ago and what I wanted my life to be, I would have shortchanged myself. I had no idea what a sober life would bring. The third step is, I turn my will and my life over to the care of God, as I understand him.

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One thought on “Living on the Streets

  1. Steve, you are a miracle. Your story brings hope to all those Monicas praying for their Augustines.

    Posted by Carmel | January 23, 2014, 6:19 pm

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