Sydney, 50, grew up in South Carolina, started drinking and smoking weed at thirteen, and soon after his addiction "had become heavy." He moved to the Bronx in his twenties, and started dealing drugs. Crack and heroin followed: "You like the feeling at first, but then addiction takes over."
For the last two years he has been homeless. He does some mechanical work now and then, and one of the local bodegas lets him stay in the basement sometimes. "Heroin took my job, home, and family. Here in Hunts Point the demons wait for you. They know your weakness."
When I asked him how he wanted to be described he said, "I am a human being with an addiction. My dream is to get off drugs and get my life back together."
I post people's stories as they tell them to me. I am not a journalist. I don't try to verify, just listen.
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