Readers, times have changed. Homelessness has become rampant in the United States and other countries. Along with the street people and tent homes addiction complements the problem for these people.
For those who want to try for a better quality of life, I have written an new book, “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” which will be released in October 2022. Years ago I created and published The 11 Point Action Plan which can be used for the homeless as well as those suffering from substance abuse.
The action plan set a foundation for getting off the street and steps to addiction recovery. These action plan points have been proven by my recovery and others. William White, a world renown recovery consultant, speaker, and author has reviewed the 11 Point Action Plan and has agreed that if there is an action plan which complements his work, this is it.
My book, “Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery” contains my action plan and William White and Dr. David Best’s Recovery Capital Scale for measurement of an individual’s progress. William White’s comments in the book describing the Capital Scale’s benefit is:
“Recovery Capital and using the Recovery Capital Scale by William White and William Cloud and currently active through Dr. David Best. Just like financial capital, the “capital” in Recovery Capital consists of the assets and resources you need to improve your quality of life and achieve normalcy. By giving honest answers to the scale’s thirty-five statements, you will discover the strengths and weaknesses of your situation. When you find out the flaw, you can create and implement action plans to correct them, thereby improving your “scale score.”
The new book (my 3rd book) details the progress that “Brian Masters” experiences after being a successful business man whose 5 life changing events make him homeless, on the street, living in shelters, public housing, and depression intensifies substance abuse. I present to you the 11 Point Action Plan to create a base for recovering a good quality of life. The book details each part of Brian Master’s experiences so readers can identify and incorporate actions plans for the readers recovery.
11 Point Action Plan and a Better Quality of Life
“While I was homeless, I struggled to regain control of my life. Eventually, I came to see homeless life in shelters as an opportunity to work with the people at the Serenity Center and research the actions that could provide hope and lead to self-improvement. Strangely, my circumstance allowed me to reflect, document, and analyze how I ended up where I was. By taking on a serious project with a website and book, I created “Action Plans,” which, in any combination, will establish a beachhead to normalcy”.
My desire for recovery prompted me to create 11 Action Plans for a new quality of life. Making these action plans can help you too. As time went on and I acted on specific plans. I researched other tools espoused by other professionals such as AA, SMART RECOVERY, Yale University Medical School, William White, and Dr. David Best. These actions are intended to help create a foundation for eventual recovery and leave homelessness behind. Each plan has its breakdown of “who, what, where, and when.” These are my 11 Point Action Plans:
Highway to Homelessness – Road to Recovery 11-Point Action Plan:
- 90 days of mandatory or self-committed institutionalization. Attend ongoing classes, meetings, and online recovery websites without any substance use other than doctor-prescribed medication. The brain needs to reset itself.
- Reliable and consistent transportation. (Car, friends, metro, walking)
- Look for and utilize every resource offered by the federal and state government and recovery resource centers while using community housing, food options, work for state reimbursement, and food stamps (SNAP).
- Engage close friends and family for support who are not enablers or socially connected with substance users. This is over and above a sponsor.
- Remove yourself from the town, city, state, friends, and family that trigger substance use.
- Separate yourself from all those who use inconsistent and/or unsupported paths until you are self-assured that sobriety has returned. Continue to attend scheduled onsite and virtual recovery meetings. Engage in therapy and psychiatric support.
- With the support of a physician, experiment with medicine that may assist in cognitive realization.
- Find housing with substance-free family, friends, or housing organizations.
- Work and/or volunteer in substance-free organizations, and religious establishments, and/or turn to a Higher Power for understanding(s). KEEP BUSY
- Understand life’s “triggers” and seek therapy to neutralize the pain and memories that might keep you trapped in the past or contributors to homelessness and substance abuse.
- Create and implement a financial support plan, including a budget you can live on. With the use of transportation mentioned in number 2 and acquire stable work. For example, $16/hour for a 40-hour week will net $2,560 per month.
Note: Give yourself a minimum of one (1) year of self-control before considering a partner.
If you combine any of the above actions that work for you, you can have a better quality of life going forward. If that happens, this book and the accompanying website (www.addictionrealityeducation.com) Addiction-Reality-Education” will have achieved their goals”.
It may help you work with the 11 Point Action Plan by partnering with an advocate or clinical recovery professional.
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