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An Addiction -poetry

Updated on February 26, 2013

An Addiction

An Addiction

An Addiction

I have become accustomed to

The words from you.

Can you imagine the colors and hues

All different pastels and blues

You have shown reds and purples

Swallowing me in swirls

Tapestry of fall leaves remind me

Of your creation dressed and smiling

Your words make him move

Create laughter, and he is so smooth

One or two shots a week

Leave me so weak.

Take to the mercy of

Flowers and scents.

This addiction makes little sense

Some crave foods, drink, drugs

My mainstay is your words

Much better than hugs

Written (C) B. A. Williams


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      Sabrina 2 years ago

      First and foremost, I think that being open with the cnleit about the commonly long-term nature of recovery would welcome more realistic expectations on their part while also decreasing the stigma related to the occurrence and re-occurrence of relapse, reentering treatment, etc. Some would argue that this gives the cnleit permission' to relapse, but as a counselor I would want to encourage the cnleit to take a proactive approach to their recovery by being involved in a variety of support services (while also being cognizant of the cnleit's environmental limitations). For example, as Dennis and Scott mention several times throughout their paper, self-help groups tend to prolong recovery and this is an active and fairly inexpensive way for a cnleit to be involved in recovery in addition to attending therapy sessions. The authors also state that high levels of self-efficacy in cnleits often result in transitioning from use to recovery, further increasing the importance of being a supportive and encouraging presence with a cnleit who struggles with addiction. Depending on the severity of the addiction and environmental factors in a cnleit's life, however, I think it could be important to take a more proactive role as a counselor by checking in with cnleits via email or telephone, and directly linking them to other services or treatment as needed. Most importantly, the process of recovery truly is a process, and as such, it is essential to understand that varying degrees of treatment and support will be required at various stages of a cnleit's journey. This requires checking in with them on a regular basis about whether or not the level of care they are receiving is conducive to enhanced recovery.

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      Danny 2 years ago

      I concur with Dennis and Scott that aitcddion is a chronic condition. Assuming I worked at a public treatment center there are several things I would do to further the work of aligning this belief to what is actually practiced in our profession. Direct work with clients and families would include the education piece about how aitcddion is like having cancer, not like having a really bad case of the measles. Framing the issue of chronic vs. acute this way is crucial to helping all involved take the long view of success. Group work with a mixed-stage set of clients over an extended number of sessions as in Weegmann and English, skyped or cell phone based assertive continuing care, in-person quarterly RMC's, would all be woven into my practice (assuming my agency was supportive). Much systemic work is needed to spread this vital reframing of aitcddion as a chronic condition. From an education standpoint, this concept and practice is not a hard shift to sell, but many of these shifts will cost money. When it comes down to dollars that is a different story. From all levels within the agency, to community, state and federal funding sources both education and advocacy is necessary. I am ready to sign up for the sustained push that is required for progress to be made. Taking these sytemic changes even further into the very critical need for overall change in our nation’s aitcddion treatment and aftercare structure. Toward that end I agree with McClellan and Meyers and say increases in funding support are needed to implement best practices in treating adults, adolescents, those who are dually diagnosed and incarcerated.

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Mhatter for commenting and thank you more for reading.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      i wish i could comment better. your thought has many roads

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA


      Thanks for reading, and a special thanks for understanding.

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Only someone with so artistic heart can write such poems. We needed the help of the heart to get into its real meaning. Awesome!

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Son for reading and enjoying. Your comment is motivating to me.

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      sonfollowers 5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Yup, I agree. Very nice, and a grand addiction indeed. Voted awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA

      Cherry thanks so much for reading will be checking your site out. Many thanks!

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      B. A. Williams 5 years ago from USA

      It is a grand addiction one I am guilty of. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      January Moon 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Words. What a great addiction to have, its ok OD :-) voted up

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      What a wonderful addiction to have! Lovely words, such an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from you!