When you are homeless, after your thoughts clear up after the initial shock, it is good to analyze the factors that led to homelessness in your life, either with a counselor or on your own. Usually there are multiple factors–poor decision making, “bad luck,” breakdown in a relationship, job loss or instability, mental illness, addiction, etc. Usually a series of negative things happen over an extended period to lead you to hopelessness. Impulsiveness can be a strong underlying factor. Wallowing in guilt is not what I am advocating; just identifying areas of change that you yourself can implement. Sometimes procrastination in arriving at a key decision can cause trouble. Simply figuring out what important steps you need to take and taking them, one at a time, can help greatly in breaking the pattern of homelessness. Sometimes lack of acceptance of a problem is the root of the problem, or refusal to seek help. Take time to write down the key factors snd begin to implement a change of course in one’s life. Recovery will not happen overnight. A person usually does not become homeless overnight. It usually is a long slide down, and it will be a long climb up, but you can do it!