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Will You Let Them Win? Or Send Great Years Staying Clean-Poems About Staying Clean And Sober

Updated on October 13, 2012
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Do They Have To Win?

©LaDena Campbell aka justateacher

I lived with you for two years

Not knowing what to do

I knew that you were using

It made a different you

I never saw just what it was

Just saw how you acted when you used it

Didn’t like the person you became

Didn’t like it when you had a fit

You thought it didn’t change you

I guess you really didn’t see

The way you treated others

The way you treated me

I knew that you were a good man

That your behavior was due to the drugs

You were mean and you were hateful

Never wanted to give anyone hugs

The days that you were using

Were the days I didn’t want to be near

I thought you loved me more than them

I thought I was the one you held dear

But you made the truth well known

When I wanted you to stop

You ignored all of my words

Just went looking for a new crop

You finally decided you had enough

Decided you wanted me more

You went and got help to stop

Told me I was what you stopped for

For more than three years

You stayed clean and sober

I thought those horrible days

Were in the past, were over

Then tonight I learned the truth

You had found those drugs again

You thought I wouldn’t notice

It seems you are going to let them win


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      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      I lost a dear friend to drugs and itsa hard to understand unless you have been on both sides of the demon. The drug is a powerful thing that locks on to you like a need not a want. Perscription drugs can even cause the persont to believe they have pain just to get them to take pain meds for Phantom pain. good vs. evil. Loved the poem. Voted up !!!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you Blossom - I think it takes professional help to really overcome addiction...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Such a dramatic poem to express what you feel. Addiction is such a difficult thing to try and overcome and it's devastating when someone falls back into its grip again.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      joanveronica - thank you for your kind comments!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 

      6 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Again! What a beautiful poem, such feeling! You have a wonderful gift in your use of words, and you choose your topics well, sending out a clear message of warning about the negative aspects that plague our present society. Keep at it! you are great!

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      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      teaches and r jayanthi -thank you for your kind comments!

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      r jayanthi 

      6 years ago from india

      hi justateacher,

      what a beautiful heart rending poem this is.I am so glad that it is a piece of fiction.But I am sure it will find echos in many people's hearts.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You just keep hoping the best in people, and when they fall short of winning, you are deeply disppointed for them. Addictions are so hard to drop unless your will to overcome is greater. Enjoyed the read on this poem, very dramatic and touching.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you LaDena (justateacher) I truley believed you were writing a non-fictional piece, as you are so in tune with what really happens to those and their loved ones who suffer with the disease of addiction. I am relieved, now, to know what you have written is fiction. I guess because I always write non-fiction, that is what the power of words will do. You are a great writer for sure. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Rahul - thank you for your kind comments! I am glad you liked the message!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Faith Reaper - although this is a fictional piece for me - I know that it is a real problem for far too many people...I am sad that your son had to live through this horrible disease...I am happy that he is better now!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago

      Dearest Precious One LaDena, it is heartbreaking to see the terrible disease of addiction grip anyone, much less someone you love. I know what you mean, when you say he became different, and that is so true, that is not your loved one, that is the terrible disease. My son has that terrible disease of addiction and through much prayer and AA, he has been set free from such at a very young age of 18, right before becoming a dad. Praise Him! You are so brave to have written this touching piece. I will be praying for you and your loved one. The one thing that we did learn at Bradford was that this disease is a "selfish" disease, which I am sure you have noticed. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Just when I had my hopes high for him... he crushed them down the end!

      Painful... sad... and a message as always...




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