MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 


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


             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.