Before I was in the reintegration units, I was at Humber River Regional Hospital on Keele Street for manic symptoms. I suffer from Bipolar, depression and dementia. I was brought to the hospital because of my frequent falls, and this is due to my heavy drinking.
I used to work for the City of Toronto as an IT technician but because of my drinking habits I was let go. I started drinking about 10 years ago. I would lock myself up in the garage, fill my fridge with beers, and all I would do is drink all day. I would even urinate into a container because I was too drunk to go to the bathroom. I basically lived in the garage for years. My family couldn’t handle my behaviour so they admitted me to the hospital. I have a 19 year old daughter; me and her…we do not get along. I’ve been told that I have a behaviour problem. My marriage broke down and my relationship with my daughter was not healthy. Everything about me changed and this was all because of my drinking habits.
When I was at the hospital, the staff cared for me until I got better. Then they told me that I can go to Crosslinks Seniors for their reintegration units for a couple of months until I am well enough to be in the community. I was so happy when they told me that because I didn’t want to be in the hospital anymore. I want to go and live in my own place and see my family and friends. I was tired of waiting at the hospital. I really wanted to leave, and I waited quite some time before I got to go to Crosslinks Seniors. Now, I am in my new place, and I really love it. The place is so nice; all my furniture is all brand new and I even have a big screen T.V. I can make my own coffee (I love coffee; I drink about 10 cups a day). My case worker is very helpful to me. He helped me a great deal. He was the one who encouraged me to have my co-tenant, (who was also at the hospital with me) to come and visit me in the evening because I was kind of feeling lonely, so now he visits me daily in the evening.
I am still working on my drinking and family problem. I go to the hospital weekly to attend a group inspiration session. The group help me deal with my emotions and I get a lot of support from it because there are people who are in the same situation as me. I am very happy with Crosslinks Seniors and I am hopeful that they will find housing for me. I find the services here are very helpful and I am thankful for my caseworker who is helping me out a great deal. I believe that these reintegration units are a great idea in helping people transition into a positive way of living.