An addiction recovery poem

by Deborah Tucker on August 8, 2010

If you are struggling with addiction of any kind, the poem below can be a great help.   Also take a look at our bookstore, for Claudia Black’s book on relapse prevention.  She’s a great author in general for recovery from addiction.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS

by Portia Nelson

I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place
but, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

V

I walk down another street.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

atay October 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

Beautiful poem; thank-you for sharing it.

Deborah Tucker October 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

Thank you! I’m glad you like it. I’ve always found it really useful.

24 Hour Telephone Counselling Service July 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

What a lovely poem!

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