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drmbarry
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i am thinking of moving to the USVI for many reasons. ive gone there on vacations annually since i was a child. basically, i am a 24year old from chicago. i wanted to relocate there to finish up school (i have 2 years done here), and then i was thinking of going for another 2 years and getting my bachelor's degree. whenever i go there i feel this peace. a peace that i dont find here in chicago. another reason for moving is to get away from drugs specifically heroinl. the streets of chicago are flooded with cheap, strong heroin. when on vacation in the carribean the only drugs i ever found were weed, ecstasy, and cocaine. the times ive remained sober since i started using were all when i moved to areas where they dont have heroin or where it isnt readily available. i was wondering if anyone knows if there is a lot of drug abuse on st. thomas or st crouix (the islands where the university of the virgin islands is located). secondly, any idea if heroin is frequently abued there? from my research i have come to the conclusion it is best to ship a vehicle stateside rather than buy one down there. does anyone know how much that costs round about. ive also read that the vehicle has to have under 100,000 miles??? another question i have is regarding dogs. ive read alot that you can indeed bring your dog, and that dogs for personal protection are common. are there any breed bans in the islands? i have 2 dogs. one is a pit-bull (very friendly wouldnt hurt a fly, acts more like a cat than a dog), and one is a german sheppard/timberwolf mix. i know that most states have laws banning wolf hybrids, so i probably wouldnt even attempt to bring him. my pitbull however, i would love to bring! she is a great dog and would make a great addition to the islands. she is a certified therapy dog so i could even use her to help people! if the USVI doesnt have bans of certain breeds of dog. my last question is probably the most important. would it be hard to find a job without a college degree? stateside i usually work retail jobs, telemarketing, dog training etc. aside from jobs bartending or serving are there entry level jobs out there? on many of my vacations i remember young people working at the resorts, as tour guides, shuttle bus drivers etc. but how hard are these jobs to find, and are they only in high season? Thank you so much for your time! any tips greatly appreciated. i want this to go as smoothly as possible, and to GET OUT OF HERE before i end up dead or in jail!!! Fresh start in paradise!!!

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Topic starter Posted : April 30, 2008 9:01 pm
Juanita
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There are probably better drug rehab programs in Chicago. Please check into it. Don't move down here trying to escape drugs. And, by the way, if you are trying to get away from heroin, why do you ask how much it costs?

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Posted : April 30, 2008 9:08 pm
Trade
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This isn't the place to get away from drugs. They're everywhere. You might have a difficult time earning enough to afford a place that would allow a dog & while there are pitbulls here that might make finding a place even more difficult even though yours is gentle. There aren't any dog breed bans here.

Just my opinion, but you might be better off finishing your degree stateside and then moving down. It would be very difficult to afford to live here without family support, work & go to school. The islands aren't going anywhere. And you need to get a handle on being able to resist the drugs. Heroin doesn't just jump into your system because it's near you.

Best of luck to you, whatever you decide.

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Posted : April 30, 2008 10:03 pm
Molly
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www.crossroadsantigua.org

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Posted : April 30, 2008 10:32 pm
Marty on STT
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The drug and alcohol lifestyle here is rampant...however, in all my years of abusing these things, STT was the ONLY place I could get sober...and in the States I was ordered by courts, judges, military, etc., to get help, and it never worked...until I got here...recovery is VERY strong here. PM me and I'll send you the pertinent info...

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Posted : May 1, 2008 12:43 pm
--->JeN<---
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I think he was asking how much it costs to SHIP A CAR. Not heroin. lol

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Posted : May 1, 2008 3:40 pm
Juanita
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You're right. I re-read the post. My apologies to the OP. But, geez, don't they teach these kids how to write a sentence starting with a capital letter and, maybe, an occasional paragraph?!

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Posted : May 1, 2008 4:38 pm
GoodToGo
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Hey, maybe drmbarry is an E.E. Cummings fan 🙂

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Posted : May 1, 2008 5:10 pm
Linda J
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I would bet $100 that he/she does not recognize the ee cummings reference. The don't teach grammar OR literature. God! HOw old am I??

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Posted : May 1, 2008 8:28 pm
belizechica
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Bad Idea! I also moved to the island at 19 from Baltimore to get away from my 4 year heroin addiction. Heorin is not as prevalent on island as it is in the states but it sure is there. And cocaine is like water there-its everywhere and cheap and high quality. I moved there to go to UVI also. I managed to meet a higher up drug dealer there from New York and quit going to school and lived with him in different hotels for about 3 years. I went down a beautiful 19 year old girl with problems, I came back looking like i was 30 from the sun, drugs and alcohol and with even more problems. And actually, my life as a drug addict was pretty easy there. My boyfriend gave me a place to live, all the drugs I could want and didn't make me work I basically laid at the pool/ beach all day high out of my mind and then went to the bars/clubs at night. It sounds like a good life, but no life is good when you are on heroin and cocaine.
There are people in recovery there, I actually tried it for a little while, but its difficult. Alcohol and drugs are such a way of life for some people down there, and they are all over the place that for me it seemed impossible to stay clean. Many or most of the people there from the states are runnign from something. Its not easy to live there for the first 6 months to a year. You feel like such an outsider. Nobody really takes time to really get to know you until you've been there for a year-and its easy to understand why. During the three years I was there, I saw so many people come and go.
I don't reccomend shipping a car down there. You really just want a reliable car there, not something nice looking. Its easy to get good deals from people that are moving off island. Don't know about the dogs.
I now live on an even smaller (7 miles, no paved roads, no cars jsut golf carts) island in Belize, Central America. Its the best thing I've ever done in my life! This place is where you want to go if you want to escpae, St. thomas is stil a lot like the states. But, the drugs are here too, I'm just strong enough now to stay away! Get yourself together and then move down would be my advice.
I'm not trying to tell you not to go, but really think about it. I thought if I got out of the city where there was heroin on every corner Iwould be ok, well its not where you are that makes you get high, its who you are!!! Good luck with whatever you decide. please don't hesitate to PM or e-mail me and I can give you more specifics about the drug culture there. Melissa

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Posted : May 1, 2008 9:14 pm
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