Addiction Poems

Addiction Poems

Addiction Recovery Poems

Addiction can turn a perfectly healthy individual into a complete mess. There are many things that one can become addicted to. The common denominator is that it can ruin your life. Whether it be gambling, drugs, or some other kind of substance abuse, your life can quickly spin out of control if you aren't careful. There are some people that are born with an addictive personality. They may try a drug one time and it can ruin their lives forever. Others experiment with all sorts of lifestyle choices and nothing seems to stick to them. When it comes to addiction, there is nothing fair about it.

28 Poems that Capture the Struggle of Addiction

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  1. 1. My Master

    This is something I wrote in the deepest part of my addiction. I am proud to say that I am in recovery now but still wanted to share.


    • By Selena Odom
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2010 with permission of the Author.

    I have a master of an evil kind.
    He totally controls my body, soul, and mind.
    At first he was fun and cool,
    But soon I became his fool.

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    This poem really cuts deep. I can relate to this on every level. Not only did "my master" take control of every aspect, it took control over my every move and breath. Every time I used to...

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  3. 2. The Voice Of Addiction

    I wrote this after I reached my first year of sobriety.


    • By Carrie Roush
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008 with permission of the Author.

    Well, it's nice to finally meet you.
    I've been waiting for your call.
    I've noticed you've been crying,
    And I've watched you pace the halls.

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    You are not alone. Many of us are on that same boat with you. Some wear life jackets while others don't. Life jackets are treatments, group meetings, speaking to someone other than family,...

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  5. 3. A Letter From Your Disease

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


    • By Siera
    • 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,

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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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  6. 4. Dear Addiction

    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.


    • By Zeb Edington
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008 with permission of the Author.

    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.

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    I've been cutting since I was in 3rd grade, and it's a very bad addiction for me. I still do it to this day. I stopped for about 6 months, but then I had a relapse; I deal with depression,...

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  7. 5. Sunshine After Rain

    This poem was written when I went to treatment in 2002. I loved drugs and being high. I was a good person doing bad things. I lost my family, and my heart breaks every day. But I pray that I will continue to find that sunshine. I finally learned the difference between needing recovery and wanting it.


    • By Brenda Winders
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2011 with permission of the Author.

    One day when I was young, I heard a knock at my door.
    It sounded familiar, like I had heard it before.
    I opened the door, and to my surprise,
    There stood a young lady with blond hair and brown eyes.

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    I can relate to this story. I went down this road for 15 years. Battling addiction is the hardest thing I have ever done. I have been clean for 5 years, and i have had to watch my son go down...

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  8. 6. Hey Boy ... Hey Girl

    I was inspired to write this poem after witnessing so many people, including family members and close friends, fall victim to crack-cocaine. By God's Grace, I've never experienced any drug or alcohol abuse but I've seen the many lives that have been destroyed and families that have been broken. Zeb, if your reading this, congrats...one day at a time.... RoseAnn (Diggs) Bennett September, 1987 © 1988

    • By Rose Bennett
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2010 with permission of the Author.

    Hey Boy...Hey Girl
    Let me introduce myself to you
    Most people call me "Crack" but I'm Jum to you
    If I don't get you that first time second or third

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    I like this a lot because it tells you what this drug can do and then its tries to convince you to not do the drug. And that's all you really need in this kind of poem one where it explains...

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  9. 7. I'm Your Disease

    I have been battling an eating disorder for 20 years. I have been unable to tell anyone about it because it has been my friend. I am slowly being able to face this disease, and writing helps me to express how I feel and how much control it has over me. Now having daughters of my own, I want to set an honest example of body image, but I am unable to until I deal with this myself. I fought a drug addiction. Now I have to fight an eating addiction.

    • By Jodi
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2008 with permission of the Author.

    Sucked like a vacuum, I held my fear,
    built up anger you want to hold near.

    Shaking and trembling is what I feel,

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    I recently stumbled across this poem as I was looking for a literature analysis topic. I searched and read hundreds of poems, and this one pulled me in. Every time I read it, it grabs me in a...

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  10. 8. King Cocaine

    I wrote this poem to show the arrogance of an addict. No matter how dismal the situation may be an addict can convince him or herself that things ain't that bad. You cannot scare an addict because an addict has no fear. Even when we see our friends die of overdoses we still think it won't happen to us.

    • By Ronald Doe
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2009 with permission of the Author.

    King Cocaine has come out smoking,
    I've taken hit after hit.
    It's plain to see he's not joking,
    And it's obvious I should to quit.

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    I am an addict living one day at a time. I do not say I'm in recovery, cuz I don't want to jinx myself. When all my using, craving dreams and thoughts leave me forever, then I will say I'm...

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  11. 9. Welcome To Hell

    This poem is my life from the age of 13. I'm still losing the battle to addiction at age 33. Prisons, rehabs, and a passed Mom has become my fate. This is all I know... I don't want it, but I'm too tired to try something different (failure would do me in). My kids and family accept me being a junkie. They're scared I'll die in the drug world? No, I'm one of the unlucky ones- I've lived every heart-breaking day of it. In the poem I wrote "she's dead" because that's how I feel. Dead, merely existing...

    • By Nelly Barnes
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2011 with permission of the Author.

    'Welcome to Hell," the sign should've read,
    Reaching your destination-all in your head!
    "Last call for the train heading to Nowhere Fast,"
    The memories you create will forever last.

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    I pray your daughter has gotten sober. I’m now 43 and can proudly say I have nearly 3 years clean time. I owe it to God and family that never gave up hope. Because of your prayers and others,...

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  12. 10. Dear Heroin

    This poem is about my addiction problem with heroin. It states the steps of my addiction. Gladly I can say as of January 5, 2008, I will be a year clean. Thanks to my family, my two boys, my fiancé, and SPHS Behavioral Health Treatment that I am still attending. I got a great support group, and I take it day by day. Each and every day I get stronger with my recovery. THANKS

    • By Summer Sager
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2008 with permission of the Author.

    I am angry...

    You made me believe you were the cure for my every kind of pain.
    I had you wrapped around me while I let you take control of my veins.

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    Hi, I was inspired by reading the stories. I decided I would share my experience, strength, and hope. I started using drugs at the early age of 12. I was introduced to my first NA meeting and...

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  13. 11. The Year Of The Dragon 1976

    A poem about the perils of drug use written by a mother whose child got entangled in its seductive grip. The child is the dragon, and drugs are referred to as the tiger.

    • By Cheryl Chartier
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006 with permission of the Author.

    Beautiful and bright was the Young Dragon.

    Capable and caring,
    Sensitive but strong,

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    This poem has struck me so very deeply. I am glad to have stumbled upon it. As a young mother of two and a second generation addict, I have many doubts in myself and my success. In front of...

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  14. 12. Recovering

    New into recovery, I wrote this. It was the beginning of my journey into sobriety!

    • By Selena Odom
    • Published by Family Friend Poems November 2018 with permission of the Author.

    I'm all alone and feel I'm smothering.
    It's because of the addiction I've been covering.
    Why does the chaos never cease?
    All I need is just a little peace!

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  15. 13. Puppet On A String

    I wrote this to my husband, hoping it would make him see what his addiction is doing to our family. To this day, he is still battling meth and its strong hold. We are in the midst of his detox, and I pray to God this is the last time my family will have to witness the effects of coming off this drug. I gladly welcome your prayers for my husband's sobriety and lasting recovery. If you would like to read more poems written by me, my book is called "My Heart is an Open Book." Thanks for taking the time to read my poetry.

    • By Michelle Meece
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009 with permission of the Author.

    You act like I know nothing about it, but I know enough.
    I know what it has done to you, I know what it's done to us.
    You're no longer a real person, more like a puppet on a string.
    Every single move you make is controlled by methamphetamine.

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    One day I plan to go on this thread and respond to all the stories shared with me. But today, I'm reaching out to tell you all that hearing the heartfelt and heartbreaking stories calls so...

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  16. 14. Addict

    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.

    • By Rian Kays
    • 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?

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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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  17. 15. Take Back Your Life

    I use rhythm & rhyme to encourage people to break from their addictions. I wrote this poem for my brothers, both of whom battled substance abuse. Tragically, they lost those fights.
    I know it's not easy. I understand the battle and while words aren't enough, I want you to know you're not alone. You are worthy. You are strong. You can do it. I wish you the courage to fight your battles.
    Share this poem with anyone you believe needs it.

    • By Tonya R. Zuber
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 1, 2024 with permission of the Author.

    Do you know those drugs
    Will never outlast
    The tug of war you play
    With the pain from your past

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  18. 16. A Life That's Wasted

    This poem is about the struggle of heroin. I lost someone I was very close to from it, and my heart is still hurting. I hope you enjoy it.

    a life that's wasted
    a breath that's gone
    he knows he's been fighting this addiction too long

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    I'm so sorry to hear of your husband. You must be devastated. I'm addicted to oxycodone. I've been on them ten years and am due to be weaned off. I hate being the only addict in the family. I...

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  19. 17. Goodbye

    This is just a little piece of my daily struggle.

    • By Nathan Chance
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2009 with permission of the Author.

    The time has come to say goodbye
    Don't be sad, and please don't cry
    The times we shared were full of fun
    When I needed someone you were the one

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    I like this poem, reminds me of my alcohol addiction when I was young. Dependent by the age of 15, I added spirits to everything, even my food. Soon enough I became a pill junkie, and no not...

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  20. 18. My Fight With Meth

    I've been on a long and hard road recovering from meth. I know first hand the struggle we all face in our recovery. I lost my daughters, my family, and was homeless for six months. Three times I checked myself into a rehab before I could take control of this disease. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of pain to deal with before I could love myself enough to stay clean. Keep your head up, it is possible!!

    • By Amber Jones
    • Published by Family Friend Poems May 2011 with permission of the Author.

    I wanted to give up so badly today and let my addiction win,
    but my heart is too strong to let my body give in.
    I've been down that road too many times before,
    a life and a struggle, that I don't want anymore.

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    It's sad that I let myself go to my addiction because I lost everything. My wife, children, and close friends. Several times I tried to stop, but I've discovered that I was powerless over it....

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  21. 19. Icy Hell

    Fighting with dope, fighting against a demon

    • By S Raine
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2008 with permission of the Author.

    Looking forward with fear I stare.
    I face the mirror to see there.
    I've lost my family, my friends are few.
    You've controlled my life but now I'm through.

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    Tasting the soft ashes in an ashtray was my first known addiction. Innocently I remember if I could just make it to where it always was to be found I knew that taste would be waiting....

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  22. 20. Good-Bye

    After battling Alcoholism for more then 20 years, I just woke up one morning and decided that I'd had enough.

    It was then that I sat down and wrote this poem. I haven't touched a drop since.
    That was 7 years ago...................

    (Ode to Alcohol)
    The queasy feeling in my stomach
    The pounding in my head
    The only thoughts in my mind

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    I really enjoyed reading this, it made me reflect back to what I have done to my son. My life is so much better today. I have been 14 months sober from alcoholism. Thank you for letting me...

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