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hi Ryan, I am very sorry about your victimization. I can understand your situation. For several years in my career I worked in a victim/witness program in a prosecutor's office. Ryan, you are struggling with 2 issues; addiction and post-tramatic stress disorder PTSD) as a result of being a victim of violent crime. Right now the addiction is the most serious. The PTSD is a key factor in your addiction. You MUST deal with the addiction before you inadvertently kill yourself with an overdose. In your situation you may need assistance beyond a support group of non-professionals and may even need temporary residential care. In my opinion, you need someone who knows how to treat PTSD risks.

Please consider contacting a local mental health professional or your local mental health dept and ask for an emergency intervention PTSD assessment asap:

The Center for Health Care Services
3031 IH 10 West
San Antonio, TX 78201
Crisis Phone: 210-227-4357
Main Phone: 210-731-1300

If they do not give you timely assistance, then contact your doctor and ask for an urgent appt. If that doesn't work, as a last resort walk into any hospital emergency room and ask to speak with a doctor.

[B]Make sure you that you tell whomever you talk to that you are a victim of a violent crime with an urgent drug abuse situation. [/B]

If you do not have insurance, your medical expenses will likely be covered (either entirely or in part if you have also have insurance) through the state and/or federal victim of violent crime provisions. Every state has victim/witness crime assistance program.

For state crime V/W compensation Aasistance in Texas the program is administered by:
The Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD) administers the program:
(512) 463-1919

For Federal V/W Crime Victim Assistance in Texas the program is administered through the FBI:
Contact Dorothy L. Montgomery @ 210.302.8601

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