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18 and in a toxic situation

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    Hello, im 18 and i am having a hard time figuring out if leaving home is the right thing for me. My mom acts fine one moment then starts cursing the next. I have autism and I am at rock bottom every time I come home. What should I do?

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    Re: 18 and in a toxic situation

    Thank you for contacting us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to hear that things are so hard for you. You don’t deserve to be treated like that. It sounds like you are being smart and making use of all your options before taking the next steps.
    It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help and we are glad that you contacted us. Have you talked to someone else about your situation? Sometimes talking to someone like a close friend, or a family member can be helpful. In many cases just talking to your parents about how you feel can be beneficial. Talking to a health care provider, a therapist or a school counselor can also be helpful. Have you considered trying family counseling? If you call us at our 24 hour confidential hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY(786-2929) we would be happy to look counseling resources in your neighborhood, just listen to you, explore your options and provide any other resources.
    It sounds like things are stressful at home you have been debating running away from home. Running away from home can be hard in many cases. Is there a close friend or family member you could stay with just for a little bit? You might want to think about how you might pay for rent, food, and other living expenses. If there are any medical expenses you are parents are taking care of, the access to that care could also be effected. That could also include access to health insurance benefits in some cases.
    All of this can be overwhelming but we are here to support you through this hard time. You don’t have to go through this alone. You can reach us at our 24 hour confidential hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or live chat with us from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST and we would be happy to listen to you, explore your options and provided resources. We wish you the best and hope to hear from you soon.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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