Addiction Poem

Day In The Life Of An Addict Poem

A powerful poem, a day in the life of an addict trying to stay clean for another day. This is for everyone who helped me. My treatment center I went to, my family. Ya'll don't gotta judge us, we just got a disease. I wrote this on my 26th day of sobriety. I stand strong.

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Sister Evelyn, I’ve been clean for 23 years from crack cocaine. I’m also a born again Christian. Let me share a few recommendations. Number 1 – I know the doctors say you are dying, but that...

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Published by Family Friend Poems October 2007 with permission of the Author.

For the rest of my life, cursed with this disease.
For all those who suffer, we just got to believe.
Believing in yourself is the hardest thing to do,
so take a look in the mirror and ask do you see you?
Every day and every night we hurt,
wishing we were taken care of by a nurse.
This morning I woke up, fell out of my bed.
Wish I had some pills for the pain in my head.
What ya'll don't know is what ya'll don't see...
the disease trying to take control makes me want to bleed.
Past memories, shooting up all these cravings.
I don't want to use, I pray, I'm begging.
Please strengthen me, for every day is a new day,
but where's my strength, when all I do is lay.
No energy, no effort to be who I want to be.
The life of an addict, can't you see?
This battle has been won.
The war, my friend, will forever go on.
So now what are you going to do?
Hold my head up high and try not to get the blues!
No more smoking powder out of that pipe.
I'm in the fight for my life.
I've come a long way, so you don't got to judge.
When standing next to me, don't give me that nudge.
If you really want to know, I will tell
my journal, turned into a book; it might sell.
My dreams are now back in sight
with help through the darkness is that light.
Shocked and smiling, knowing I did survive
through this disease. Thank God, I am still alive.


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  • Chris Riley by Chris Riley, Qld Australia
  • 8 years ago

Today I'm fighting for the first time to beat my addiction. Today is the start of my real life, drug free and a proper parent. Today I'm starting a 9 month rehab program. So thank you to my family and friends. I love you all and god bless you all.

  • Arianna by Arianna, Burlington
  • 9 years ago

I am an addict, I am a mother, I am a widow, I am lost, I am stuck, and I am glad to see that; I am not alone. This gives me hope that someday I can beat my addiction to pills. I started using when my husband past away. Anything to numb the pain and get through another day. I still am a good mother, and I take care of my responsibilities, but my children deserve better from me. I read this poem and it lets me know that it is possible to beat addiction even if it is a battle I will have to face everyday. This poem gives me hope that someday I can find myself again and get past these demons called pills that have seduced me into calling them "friend". They are no friends of mine, now that I can see, but until I can finally get clean they are a part of me I wish I didn't need. Thank you so much for sharing this poem.

  • Trina by Trina, Monroe MI
  • 10 years ago

I loved your poem. You gave me hope that someday I can beat my pill addiction. I hate the person I've become and can't go on like this anymore. You've showed me that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel.

  • Evelyn by Evelyn, Stockton CA
  • 11 years ago

I am a 35 year old women mother of 7 children I lost them due to my Meth addiction. I'm clean now but I can't fix that damage I have done to my kids. I left them with their father because I didn't want to hurt them any more due to my addiction but I have tried to make things right now, but my kids don't want anything to do with me. I am very sick now with cancer I'm dying I need them. To forgive me before I go. Please help me what do I do I love them and miss them so much.

  • Jeffery Copeland by Jeffery Copeland
  • 5 years ago

Sister Evelyn,
I’ve been clean for 23 years from crack cocaine. I’m also a born again Christian. Let me share a few recommendations. Number 1 – I know the doctors say you are dying, but that doesn’t mean you die. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our souls live eternally. All of us will die at some point, but you still have life in you. Hang in there, girl. God is not through with you yet. Number 2 – release yourself from nay guilt. Forgive others who have wronged you and then ask loved ones to forgive you. You can’t make anyone forgive you or love you, but God can in his time. You must be patience. But find peace with God and yourself. Spend your time serving the Lord, and he will grant you peace.

  • Carrie by Carrie, Rochester
  • 11 years ago

On Feb. 2, 2013 I'll be clean 5 yrs I was addicted to crack cocaine for 3 yrs, I am still & always will be an addict. Even so I don't have the urges like I did 5 years ago and I don't I have the bubbles in my stomach to go use. I don't think about it when I wake up anymore but it's still 1 day at a time,
There still are days when my thoughts go back to drugs, because I'm having a stressful day or the week as it goes by my feelings build up and I just want to know them. But, skills that I've learned thanks to my outpatient program I am still clean 5 years later 1 day at a time.

  • Michell by Michell, Stanford
  • 11 years ago

Love this poem! I battled addiction for a while myself! Almost 12 years clean then came horrible surgeries that required me to take pain pills again! I knew I shouldn't have but with everything I went through that was the only help to get me through! So now after 12 years I'm back to square one! Addicted to pain pills again! I've tried everything I know to break the habit! Just can't seem to get it done though! :(. Does anyone have any encouraging words or stories or and advice to help me? Thanks in advance!!

  • Hope by Hope
  • 5 years ago

Please know you've done it once and you can do it again. Please don't give up. Ask our Savior for help. He carries us when we cannot carry ourselves. Please know you are loved. Just because you have gone back does not mean you have to stay.

  • Dazzr7 by Dazzr7
  • 7 years ago

I did 2 years 8 months without a drink and next thing I was back where I started. I detoxed 8 weeks ago. I was clean until Wednesday, which made me pissed. Never stop fighting it because that’s when you are defeated. Chin up, and tomorrow is going to be a clean day. NEVER GIVE UP. Then you can’t accuse yourself of not trying.

  • Karen by Karen, Nc
  • 8 years ago

Look to God for guidance and strength. You can do all things through Jesus Christ. Don't allow this demon to take control of your life, you have too much to lose. Drug addition is not a life but a lie. One you tell everyone to cover your addition and one you must tell yourself everyday to allow yourself to keep taking pills that you know will destroy you. Life is so very precious, don't waste one moment of it in a false world of oblivion with addition. The feelings of happiness with pain pills is short lived and bring great sadness in the end. My prayers are with you!

  • Christina by Christina, West Virginia
  • 11 years ago

Everyday for the rest of your life is a battle in some way because addiction never goes away it's always on your mind some days are harder than others to stay sober but as long as you have a strong support system you can overcome the thoughts and feelings that bring you to get high

  • Bree by Bree, VA Beach VA
  • 13 years ago

This was me when I was in rehab. I'm 22 years old & I've been 63 days clean from heroin, Oxycontin, roxy, coke, & alcohol. (only the everyday ones for the last 7 years) I just lost a good friend over the weekend. She was 26 years old & 43 days clean and I guess thought she had one more left in her. She overdosed & died. Please, to any newcomers like me, we don't have one more left. Live in the day. Today, I'm not going to use.

  • Krista by Krista, WA
  • 13 years ago

I have been dealing with hydrocodone addiction for almost a year now. I quit for two months and now I am pregnant and still having a hard time quitting. I feel so wrapped. I have two children and while I was pregnant with them I wasn't an addict to this drug. I smoke cigarettes but quit as soon as I knew I was pregnant. This is tearing me apart being so caught up in an addiction that I can't quit for a little person who doesn't even have a choice.

  • Jennifer by Jennifer, Maynardville Tn
  • 13 years ago

I am 14 days clean today. It seems like it is getting harder as the days go by. This poem really hits home. I read it every morning. it gives me strength to try and make it through one more day!!

  • Susan Woolum by Susan Woolum
  • 13 years ago

We can relate to this poem. It's very moving...and to hear from addicts regarding this poem is uplifting! Good luck to all in your fighting the DEMONS that make you crave. I pray for God to take care of my son every night...for every day, he is still alive.

  • Laura by Laura, Boston
  • 13 years ago

I just sat and cried at the thought of..will dreams motivation and belief ever be enough to fulfill what I had and felt when I was high? to others they might say well you have and feel nothing when your high but to me its what got me up in the mornings and what gave me the confidence to move as a regular person. I've struggled with addiction for the past 6 years..12 if you include pot and other drugs...but 6 years consistently of making moves and chasing a high. well I'm done. I hope that god (whoever or whatever that may be) will enter my life and show me that I will be happy again...when your high all it does is numb reality. every addict knows that. my biggest scare is never being happy again..after reading this poem I hope I can find the courage to move on and put as much effort into my new life as I did my old..thats asking a lot considering there's nothing you wont do to feel better and not be sick..but if you don't have faith what do you have? thanks again..stay strong

  • Sandra by Sandra
  • 13 years ago

I hope you stay strong kid. I fought it and over came it! Its a long road and everyone's struggle is different.
I can never say I know what your going through. It's personnel. I do know I am battling it with my Grandson right now.
And its very hard to know what I had to do and know that I can't help him, only support him when I can. He is on the edge now and he can go either way I just pray he follows the right path! I love him soo much! Thank you for your poem I will share it with him.

  • Gloria by Gloria, Arizona
  • 13 years ago

This poem touched home for me...I am still battling my addiction. I will forever be at war.

  • Mylinda by Mylinda, TN
  • 13 years ago

I really liked this poem....I have been clean from drugs for over a year and a half but still find that everyday is a battle for my life. It is a battle for my life!! I have only God to thank for saving my life and for delivering me from drugs. It is ONLY with His help that I maintain sobriety...with the help of family support, awesome counselors and a whole new group of friends...

  • Kayla by Kayla, Hanover
  • 14 years ago

I see my brother struggle the addiction. He has been in and out of jail. I hope he has the strength like you did to fight the addiction. It's hard to have faith in yourself when you're on drugs. I have been there. but one thing you have to do is trust in yourself and your beliefs. Good Job and keep the good work up. Remember your true friends and your family is a support system for you.

  • Joanna by Joanna
  • 15 years ago

You tell it like it is. I too am lucky to be alive and fight everyday to stay that way...

  • Travis Manitopyes by Travis Manitopyes
  • 15 years ago

I relate to you fully...
I'm addicted to marijuana and especially ecstasy...
this addiction is a everyday battle to 'live high' or 'be high'

reading and knowing someone is experiencing the same things I am makes me feel there is a sense of hope of never being alone, thanks a lot..

  • Amanda by Amanda
  • 15 years ago

This is a great poem. It really makes you stop and think about other people you know that have a addiction.

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