The I of Hurricane Me: Stories & Poems from the Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens on the Road to Recovery Philip Natale III

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Published: March 27th 2015

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The I of Hurricane Me: Stories & Poems from the Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens on the Road to Recovery  by  Philip Natale III

The I of Hurricane Me: Stories & Poems from the Homeless Shelters and Soup Kitchens on the Road to Recovery by Philip Natale III
March 27th 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 254 pages | ISBN: | 5.63 Mb

This is a non-fiction book comprised of fifty-four stories and poems about my experiences with addiction, homelessness and recovery. They were written when I was newly sober and living at a homeless shelter, and also when Id first gotten out of theMoreThis is a non-fiction book comprised of fifty-four stories and poems about my experiences with addiction, homelessness and recovery. They were written when I was newly sober and living at a homeless shelter, and also when Id first gotten out of the shelter and off the street.The book conveys to the reader my experiences with addiction and my struggle to overcome it- of being destitute and living in a homeless shelter- suffering with a serious head injury and the degradation of my mental and emotional health, and coping with post drug-addiction traumatic stress.I write about the insanity of life at the bottom and the difficulty of life on the way back up.

I share with the reader some of those heartbreaking difficulties such as finally getting housed after fighting my way out of the homeless shelter and off the street, only to find myself living in a drug-infested roominghouse among crack-heads and heroin addicts. It is a galvanizing moment to be sure, and my journey from addiction and insanity is filled with many such moments.The stories and poems document my overcoming a lifetime of addiction and the dramatic change to my entire being out of which my new life was created.My life is now free of the conflict, unhappiness and despair that I routinely suffered over my years of addiction.

At its best, I was over-medicated and barely competent. At its worst I contemplated suicide.A life that was full of ongoing problems and dissatisfaction grew into an unbearable life of pain and torment. But once I unplugged from the addictive substances that had become my daily routine my life got better.Over the next three years I underwent major changes. While my brain and body thawed out from the deep-freeze of long-term methadone and benzo abuse and addiction, my feelings and thoughts as well as my values and priorities were transformed.

For the first time in over two decades I was alert and experiencing life with a clear mind, but it didnt come easily.After twenty-three years of addiction, kicking cold turkey was a harsh and traumatic process. But as difficult and punishing as it was, my addicted, homeless life had been far worse. I wanted to change my life and turn it around and addressing my addictions seemed the best place to start.Getting sober got me sane. It profoundly changed the way I thought and in many respects it changed who I was. It brought about clarity of purpose and a sense of accomplishment that had been totally absent in my life.

I could look at myself in the mirror and like who I saw without making exceptions and allowances.My life has never been as good as it is today- not even close. Getting sober was a true rebirth for me and Im thankful every day for the opportunity to live sober and sane.I never thought that my life could be so good and that Id be so grateful for it. I worked hard to straighten it out but it is something of a miracle just how good life has been to me since I got straight and started doing the right things.



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