Inspirational Poem

I wrote this poem in a very short time while I was in a treatment center for addiction. I know addiction is a very big problem for people in this world and hopefully this can be an inspiration for someone struggling with this disease the way I have. Since writing this I am doing a lot better but it is a daily battle trying to get my life back in order. The only words of advice I have is just take it one day at a time. Thank you for reading

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© Zeb Edington

October 2008

Dear Addiction

I'm writing this to you
Telling you we're through
I can't take you anymore
Don't know what I liked you for
All you did was wear me out
Now I know what you're all about

You came to me with promise and joy
Now look at all the things you destroy
Families, lives, bank accounts you see
You ruined it all with one little tease
Look at the way you make me feel
Then you take it all and want me to steal

Why can't you just go and hide
Somewhere far away where I'll never find
Everyone at home doesn't understand
How you rip me apart, then lend me a hand
I keep coming back thinking inside
Maybe this time I'll make you my bride

Then I sit and wonder why
Why do you really want me to die
Thousands and thousands come to you
Hoping and praying you'll help them through
Then they fall for your lending hand
Only to realize you're nothing but a scam

You promised me heaven and sent me to hell
You ruined my life and then wished me well
Watch me now as I go on my way
I'm washing myself of all of your pain
So you and your power can just leave me be
I'm taking my life and setting it free


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  • by Skylar , Ohio
  • 4 months ago

My name is Skylar! This was my uncle who wrote this amazing poem. He passed away about a month ago to addiction. He lost his struggle with addiction on February 11 of this year. If he only would have known how his poems touched so many people it would of made him so happy. Just to know that he helped 1 person would have made a huge impact on his life. I hope everyone who has read this poem is doing ok with their addictions. And know that life is short make the best out of it!!


  • by Jessica, NJ
  • 3 months ago

Skylar, I'm so very sorry about your uncle :(
This poem really touched my heart as I can totally relate to everything he was's how many of us feel. It's interesting how God says in our weakness we are made strong. Well, here's your uncle, struggling with addiction while at the same time something 'stronger' moved through him to write this poem. And now here he is, living on in spirit, still communicating his message to all those who need to hear it. You can be proud of him for that :)


  • by Kyrstin Balph, Indiana
  • 6 months ago

This poem touches my heart because I do know what an addiction is like. I was addicted to cutting for about a year until my parents found out. They cried all night when they found out, and it was at that point that I knew the destruction of an addiction. I have been clean for almost two months now and I feel better than ever. I am glad that I found this poem because it will help me when I feel I am nearing a relapse. Thank you so much for this poem.


  • by Melissa, Illinois
  • 11 months ago

Thanks for your poem. I am sending it to my 24 year old daughter in jail for meth. She asked me to send her some inspirational things and this is one of the tops on my lists. She is about to begin a 90 day treatment program so prayers are welcome. Thanks again


  • by Rachael, Melbourne Australia
  • 1 year ago

I am recovering heroin addict, because I was stupid and trusted someone who was meant to love me, sometimes I
Wish he had of just handed me a loaded gun, instead of filling my vein's with the devils little white grains. It's at those times I look at my 4 beautiful children and remind myself that a few short years ago, (when we only had 2 daughters) I believed that I was worthless, stupid, the worst mother to ever walk the earth, when instead of days spent with my babies, my days were spent getting beaten, raped, being feed drugs and being told every hour on the hour that if I ever Left my so called bf, he would make me watch while he raped and killed my girls. I remind myself that I have achieved something that so many can't, I am clean, have all my children with me. I know how drugs can take everything you love away, can turn you into a monster that would sell there would for a hit. I hope and pray you can escape from it's evil grip and start living again.


  • by Eliza, Portsmouth
  • 1 year ago

In March some time 2 years ago (2011) I had just come out of an adolescent rehab unit for an addiction to cocaine. A friend of mine discovered this poem and sent me the link. I so wanted to stay clean. I printed this off, framed it and hung it in my room. Whenever I felt a possible relapse coming on I would look at this poem and remind myself of all the reasons I wanted to be clean. It's now been 2 and a half years since I stopped with no relapses. I'm now in my second year of University, but still keep this poem hanging above my bed. So I want to thank you for saving my life!


  • by Mark Rudnik
  • 1 year ago

I was drinking and a full blown drug addict since the age of 13. At 45 years old I'm now clean and sober for 5 1/2 years thanks to God and all the people he worked through. I did 1 30 day rehab program and haven't relapsed yet. I say yet because I could be drunk tonight it's one day at a time. AA and God it works


  • by Jayde, Darwin
  • 2 years ago

That is an amazing poem. I am sorry to hear about your addiction, but I hope all is well for you know as by the sounds of it you have a bright future ahead of you!!!

Hope all goes well,

From Jayde :)


  • by Maxine
  • 3 years ago

That was a very powerful poem. I hope it is used in some brochure or book to help addicts. Maybe it can be also written on some wall in a rehab centre.
Excellent ...very inspiring !


  • by Misty Martin, Texas
  • 3 years ago

This was an awesome poem, something I would read every time it got hard, thanks for sharing, you're a great writer, check into. That


  • by Allen
  • 3 years ago

As a Pastor for 36 years I have painfully watched over and over how addiction of any kind (alcohol, food, sexual, drugs, gambling, work, etc.) is full of false promises and is full of destruction for individuals, marriages, families, and self-respect. This poem is so full of the truth of what addiction really does in the lives of God's people. I especially can relate to the gambling addiction as I found out at an early age that this was a demon that I was "powerless over" and that I would need help from God to keep under control for my whole life. Praise God, He has!


  • by Clarissa, So. California
  • 3 years ago

Wow! I have never had an addiction but I know some who have. It is a life destroying thing that will not stop until you are 6 feet deep OR strong enough to decide NO MORE PAIN and get your life back.

I hope you keep the strength and fight this evil away.



  • by Brandon, Indiana Boy
  • 3 years ago

This is an amazing piece, I've been battling an opiate addiction for a few years and this poem describes my pain. It feels like there's no end to it and no way out. I've lost everything now and the depression only fuels the addiction. Good Luck everyone, try to be stronger than I am.


  • by Pearl
  • 4 years ago

Your poem really touched me. I have been an addict since I was twelve and I'm 26 now. I have made the first steps to getting myself into treatment and am on a waiting list. I have never been so happy with any decision I've made until now. Hope is out there, just have the will and power to want to be happy again.


  • by Joseph, Plantation
  • 4 years ago

I truly feel where your coming from. I too am an addict, now I'm in recovery. I've never been happier. Keep up the fight we as addicts no longer have to struggle. Your poem is an inspiration


  • by Thembeka, Swaziland
  • 4 years ago

Well I've never tried drugs and am not planning on it but am truly inspirited by this poem. I'm happy for you and hope that it goes well for you. May your talent get you to far places. God Bless!!


  • by Kaitlyn, Missoula
  • 4 years ago

This poem is just what I needed. I am leaving for a 30 day treatment tomorrow. I hope all is well with you! I think I will print this out and keep it close to me while I am recovering:) Thank you for your wise words!


  • by Jenna, New York
  • 4 years ago

This is truly inspirational ! I am only 15 years old, and I have had a touch of drugs and never again am I going back to it.


  • by Jerri Willis, Oregon
  • 4 years ago

I am 40 yrs. old and was using drugs and alcohol since I was 13. I fight everyday to stay strong and it gets soooooooooo hard at times and things like this helps me get through the day...Thank you, this poem touched my heart and soul. Sincerely yours, Jerri


  • by Detroit Michigan
  • 4 years ago

it really did touch me and stuff although I never been to a treatment center before but I'm a sexaholic and I trying my best so good luck and god bless.


  • by tosha
  • 5 years ago

I am going to share this with a lot of people that I'm sure it will help..... thank you


  • by Sue Morton
  • 6 years ago

Although I've never been in a treatment centre for addiction, I have had a problem with alcohol and can totally relate to this poem. Great way with words. Keep up the great work.


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