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Cassidy's Story

August 04, 2015

Many psychologists, doctors, counselors, and therapists describe the disease of addiction. However, no one in the world could ever describe what being an addict is like, how it feels, what to expect, how it happens, and where it comes from, except an actual addict.

I spent several years thinking something was wrong with me, constantly trying to fill the void with drugs, alcohol, sex, shopping, cigarettes, gambling- anything that would take me away from reality. The disease of addiction didn’t care that I came from a good family that I went to good schools that my family loved me or that I was a good person. This disease creeps into your life silently and viciously sets out to destroy anything and everything you have that resembles love, compassion, honesty, humility. Addiction can lead to abandoning what you used to love…..

I have been blessed to be in recovery and learn some tools to live this life I love so much today. My poetry is an outline of the destruction, loss, pain and triumph I have had over the years. I have learned through it all I am never alone no matter how hard life is, how painful it can be or how tumultuous my relationship with myself is sometimes….

I am here to tell you that there is another way to live. In this life, I always felt there was no one out there that could possibly understand the depths of my sick thinking, the pain of my soul and the heartache of my existence. I felt I was always alone, living and dying everyday. Suffering was part of my daily journey. If only I could change the path I was on…

Then came the day I decided to change my life. I couldn’t do it alone and I didn’t… 

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