Denial, it’s a powerful, powerful, closed way of thinking.
The dictionary defines denial as:“ TO REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE “. In this man’s case he either would not or could not face up to the fact that he has any part in his homelessness. He has the illusion of grandeur and can’t understand that he needs to partake in his recovery and his reintegration back into society.
He minimizes his drug use and says he rarely uses, but it’s hard to conceal the rapid weight loss. From the time we met this man we have offered numerous resources to help him, as in recovery house services to shelters to treatment. We even found him a room but he turned it down as it was in Maple Ridge and he didn’t want to be that far away from his fourteen year old daughter. He talks about being the perfect father, husband and employee, but when he gets asked as to how he became homeless he becomes very defensive and elusive. At times he also mentions about being followed and watched from different agencies and when he speaks about them he’s deadly serious. This individual is also quite intelligent as he has looked up portions of the law and will be confrontational with officials when they come around. At the city works yard camp, he bragged that they were going to bring in a portable toilet and a water tank. Reality was, the city moved him and others a few days later. The past six months have been a challenge as we’ve seen him go to jail, hospitals and walk around with severe infections on his legs. However we will not give up.
by Darren Charuk