This is what Chris Arnade chronicles as he goes into the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, New York.
But it is much more than that. It may have started out him taking photographs and telling people's stories.
For me, it has helped me understand the people who live in this part of NYC.
By reading these stories Arnade's posts on his Facebook page and tumblr website, it has helped me develop a small understanding of the lives these people live, and the fact that some of them can survive day to day is amazing.
It has me ask the question to myself..."If I had been sexually abused from as early as I can remember, from family members, how would I try and escape the horror?"
Below is what Arnade wrote in a recent Facebook post about many of the people he encounters in Hunts Point:
Almost every woman (and many men) who finds herself addicted and homeless is a victim of childhood trauma. Mostly it's sexual, and mostly it's from a family member.
They flee home because home isn't a home.
Without a legal route to prescription drugs, or therapy, they turn to what can be bought for a blow job on the street: it provides solace, escape, and numbs the pain.
Poverty itself is traumatic. Poverty wrapped in the hell of childhood sexual abuse is a nightmare that lasts a lifetime.
Next time a friend tells you an addict is lazy, dirty, dumb, weak, ask them, "have you ever been f*@#%d at the age of twelve by your uncle, your father, your brother, your mother's boyfriend, your grandfather?"
Some of the women were prostituted at a young age by their own mothers and fathers. Some were born to drug addicts. Most were living in a hell on earth they needed to escape.
And Arnade often compares his own circle of friends in Brooklyn where he lives, and the circle of people he encounters in Hunts Point.
In Brooklyn, the people he knows would have the financial means to get therapy and prescription drugs under the care of a physician to deal with any trauma they may have faced in their life.
The girls who flee their abusive homes don't have this luxury.
Chris Arnade received his PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. He spent the next 20 years working as a trader on Wall Street. He left trading in 2012 to focus on photography. His "Faces of Addiction"series explores addiction in the south Bronx neighbourhood in New York City.
Here is some of his observations comparing the world of Wall Street, and the world of Hunts Point. This is from an article in the online newspaper guardian.com.