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Written for Clouds House, a substance abuse clinic that offers help, hope and freedom from alcohol and drug dependency.

Clouds House

Addiction is a monster that destroys all reason,
in a make-believe world so vast it has no shore,
a constant craving that nullifies sound thinking,
a lust for nothingness that always craves more.

Dependency takes satanic pride in self-degradation;
like gut-wrenching hellions forever inflicting pain,
toasting along the way your sweet humiliation,
cruelly taking you to the edge and then back again.

Not unlike fierce forest fires fanned by hot, dry winds,
or a tsunami that sweeps everything away at will,
this plague on society can be even more devastating,
as millions caught in its path it will damage or kill.

Help is available and Clouds House is but one place
aimed at restoring those beliefs that addictions destroy;
they offer help, hope and freedom from dependency,
such that no more will your soul embrace the devilís ploy.

....and recovery

Recovery is like boarding a ship of dreams
afloat upon the wind of refrain,
reserved for those whom God redeems
and, with guidance and blessing, makes sane;
substituting once grim and hurtful extremes,
for new tolerances of frustration and pain.

The future for self must relish a new start,
treating old habits with disdain,
fresh conviction deep from within the heart
embracing Godís gift of a clean life again,
stay the course for if once you should depart
relapse beckons with its horrors and pain

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Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Concrete and powerful write, Stan, providing insight and commentary as seen from both sides of the fence. I like the way you include a spiritual perspective, adding the dynamic of faith into the equation (which, perhaps, provides the motivation to activate the determination of the will). As your conclusion points out, recovery is the goal but the long-term "staying free" is the ultimate aim as the alternatives are unthinkably soul-destroying. Informative and yet image-rich, Clouds House sticks in the mind here as the place that strives to make the dream of a new life and a fresh start real. Good to see you here! :)) Kate xx
Reviewed by H Cruz
That was great, but its time for a smoke.
Reviewed by Richard Orey
A thoughtful message of insight and promise.

Clouds House is an important institution in a society beset with uncountable addictions. To be sure, alcohol and drug abuse lead the pack, but not far behind are the addictions of gambling, child sexual abuse and spousal abuse.

I support your two-part approach of recognizing the satanic influence in dependency and the hope of recovery with "...fresh conviction deep from within the heart embracing God's gift of a clean life again."

Addiction recidivism in the United States, generally, runs over 90 percent. With support organizations like Clouds House, perhaps you offer a higher level of success. But society can't ignore the problem. We must try.

"Clouds" is a strong, meaningful write, Stan!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
A place to heal and begin anew. This is a good write. Thanks!

Be safe,
Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Stan, this is a most compelling writing...your voice pulls the reader right in with each line. There's so much truth in this poem...addiction has ruined and continues to ruin so many peoples lives. One thing for sure, once a person sets their eyes on the Great I Am...He will change a life in the blink of an eye. This poem deserves sharing with the might help someone who is in dire need.
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