Addiction Poem

This poem will break your heart if you have ever been through it or know someone that has gone through it.

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I totally feel for you! I am a recovering addict and thank God I have been clean since 8/2006. I could NOT do this by myself! It took a VERY, VERY long time to finally realize I had a problem...

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A Letter From Your Disease


Published by Family Friend Poems June 2010 with permission of the Author.

Hello fellow addicts I am your disease,
I will never let you sleep or put your mind at ease,

I will always be here no matter where you go,
I am smarter than you and I am in control,

Family, friends, and loved ones they won't matter anymore,
I'll take everything you got and still want something more

I was there for you in the good times but mostly in the bad,
I've made you feel so happy but in the end you was always sad

You will lie to everyone and say that I ain't real,
but if that's the case why can't you put down that pill

I come in many forms, and shapes, and size
Then following comes denial, deceit, and lies

I will turn you from everyone that tries to take you from me
Together we will spend all eternity

I'll embrace you in my arms and I'll never set you free,
Spend our life together won't that make you happy,

Don't let those people tell you what I am all about,
Cause then you'll find a way; a way to kick me out

Well here I go now I'll just be on my way
but not for to much longer cause I still have much to say

So when you think I'm gone and you can finally be at ease,
Just remember this I will always be your disease.


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  • Lisa Gallagher by Lisa Gallagher
  • 4 years ago

So true. You have to remind yourself every day and choose every day to be clean, but you will always be an addict. I never understood why the addicts I loved couldn't just stop until I went through it myself. I didn't even believe I couldn't stop until I finally had to.

  • Kerry Alfaro by Kerry Alfaro
  • 7 years ago

I’m going on 3 years clean July 31st! Just a little brain food for everyone. Addiction is not the drugs, pills, alcohol. It is a behavior. You need to change the way you think because our thinking too much is the problem.

  • Texasgirl by Texasgirl
  • 7 years ago

My son recently had a major back surgery done. He is 28 years old and the doctor prescribed him morphine pills. He is now addicted and trading his weed on the streets for morphine tabs. I don't know what to do for him. I live in another state. Please help.

  • Lisa Sharkey by Lisa Sharkey
  • 7 years ago

I totally feel for you! I am a recovering addict and thank God I have been clean since 8/2006. I could NOT do this by myself! It took a VERY, VERY long time to finally realize I had a problem and I could not fix myself on my own. When I finally was serious about getting clean, I went to a detox and got all of the drugs (mostly heroin) out of my system I got on a suboxone maintenance program and into therapy. Some people don't believe in suboxone, but I believe it saved my life. It's a blocker and I could not get high with opiates while taking it. My doctor was monitoring my levels and checking my urines on a regular basis. Eventually I weaned off the suboxone when I felt I was ready. No addict can get clean unless THEY WANT TO!!Believe me it's a very hard road to travel and a lot do not make it! I was so sick and tired of being sick & tired. My life is far from perfect now, but at least I am not high and I do not have to worry about drugs ruining my life anymore!

  • Grannywhistler by Grannywhistler
  • 7 years ago

The only thing you can do in all reality is first report it to the Dr. However many people have major surgeries every day and do not become addicted. It's all on the predisposition of the individual. There are some of us that if we try crack we will eventually became addicted to it. Then there are some that if they try alcohol they become alcoholics. The same with pain pills. Usually the addict has to hit his rock bottom to get help. We can wish and pray and beg but until they are 100% ready, it won't do much good. And many of us become enablers. But I will pray for you that you will have the strength to endure his addiction.

  • Jodie Black by Jodie Black
  • 7 years ago

I was a heroin user. I used for nearly 20 years after I had back surgery. I tried anything and everything I could get could get my hands on. I did jail to for my habit. I stole, lied, and some more. I lost my children to welfare.

Then one day I was saved by my mum; she came and understood I needed to get my life back on track. I've now got the respect of my family, but most of all my children who are adults now. I've been clean 11 years 10 months and 7 days. I know I'm still an addict, but I've kept myself clean. I have good days and some bad, but I do not use, and I hope, wish, and pray I'll never go back to that life.

  • Ryleigh by Ryleigh, Now York
  • 10 years ago

Omg! It's like I can see it in my mind. it talking to me. It's so true what it's saying because it will never leave it will always be with us till eternity. and even being 10, 20, 30 year sober in recovery you can still relapse it does take a matter of time it takes a matter of wanting to be sober and wanting to get rid of everything, feeling, troubles it give you.

  • John Bankhead by John Bankhead, Birmingham
  • 11 years ago

I now facilitate Vet to Vet meetings at the Birmingham VA, and we read these type of poems to the groups and they absolutely love them.

  • Sandra Taylor by Sandra Taylor
  • 6 years ago

I'm from Alabama and I'm looking for help for my son. I feel like if he doesn't get help, drugs are going to kill him. He is 37 years old and has been on drugs 23 years.

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