MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

​The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 


Scotty



   I lived with my Mom and brother


and sister and my Mom's husband who


I guess I would call him my Stepdad.    

I have a diagnosis of schizophrenia.



   Things got bad and my mom and


stepdad wanted me out of their lives.  



   I decided to go to my Dad's because I


had nowhere to live.  I knocked and my


Dad opened the door.   He did not look


good.  I told him that I had nowhere to


live.  He said I could stay with him.



   SO I moved in and we started doing


meth together.  My whole life evolved


around buying meth for my Dad and


myself and snorting lines together.


 When the drugs wore off it was a


nightmare.  


             My Dad was a cab driver


and had the money which he gave to me


to get meth because I had no job and


was a loser.  I had a drum set that my


brother co-signed to get and stopped


making payments on it because all my


money went to drugs.  


                             Time went by and


I dove in deeper and deeper into the


meth and the alcohol.  I decided to


commit myself to Dominican


Behavioral Health Unit because I


became so depressed.


   I didn't have any hope and i told them


I was going to kill myself and needed


help so much.  They held me for about 3


days...  I was released and within a


short time my Dad and I bought some


meth and I was back on a path of


Destruction.  I was lost and hopeless.



   My Dad had no intention of


getting sober but for myself I was


desperate.  I went back to the BHU


where they did supply me the right


help.  I had no one to help me, no one


to shed pity and no one to comfort me.  


​   From that day I decided to turn


my life over to God an Jesus.