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Isaac Gets Back on his Feet and onto the Road to Recovery

Issac

Meet Isaac

Isaac was born in Riverside and grew up in Sylmar. He was raised in a single parent home and got involved in drugs and gangs at an early age. “I stopped listening to my mom and left whenever I wanted to. I was incarcerated at the age of 14 and didn’t get out until I was 19 years old,” he recalled. Isaac worked various jobs to support his girlfriend, son, and daughter. He was trying to make a life for his young family, but his drug use was making it almost impossible.

Isaac’s Journey

Isaac’s drug addiction was causing nerve damage and landed him in the hospital. “Because of the drugs I was using I couldn’t feel my legs,” says Isaac. He was in the hospital for three weeks and was left wondering if he would ever walk again.  

How Harbor Helped Isaac

Isaac came to Harbor Care willing to listen and ready to change. He burned a lot of bridges over the years. “I was homeless by choice. I felt like I was a problem wherever I was at. I was in and out of jail, on the streets, couch surfing,” Isaac recalls. The worst part about being homeless was being alone and wanting to do better. He wasn’t working, had no money in his pocket and couldn’t take care of his kids.

Isaac sees his time at Harbor Care as a blessing in disguise. He credits the staff for taking the time to talk to him and help him make some positive changes in his life. These talks motivated Isaac to seek help with his addiction and he will move on from Harbor Care into a recovery program.  “I have to grow up and be a man. I’ve got a son and a daughter, and I am trying to be a positive role model for them. I don’t want them to grow up and say dad was never there,” says Isaac with a determined look on his face.

Isaac arrived in a wheelchair and walked out of Harbor Care and into a recovery program to continue his journey of healing.

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