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  Awful Addictions
by William S. Cottringer
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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This poem is all about breaking the near-impossible cycle of addiction.

Awful Addictions

Bill Cottringer
Drink, pills, bets or sex,
Plenty of tempting poisons,
All for mind, body and soul;
Easy to start,
Hard to stop;
False glimpses of heaven,
Real shortcuts to hell,
With gutters and commodes.
Why start a path to nowhere?
Too many reasons—
No needed love,
No self-acceptance,
Simple laziness,
Wrong gene pool,
Bad biochemistry,
Missing something,
Too much pain,
Not enough pleasure,
Or no reason,
At least to understand,
Or know in reality.
The hardest part?
Not starting
The stopping.
Then comes the impossible:
Not quitting the quitting,
To be the true person,
You were born to be,
And not the untrue one,
You’ve sadly become.
That’s when you need
The reason and the support—
From God, friends and love,
With patience and will power,
To take that first step,
From mind to heart to foot;
Not expecting to feel good,
By magic or all at once,
Dealing with reality,
As it really is,
Despite continuing illusions,
As the first step begins.

The Prosperity Zone

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Reviewed by Janie Bragg
These words are true meaning of real reality.
I like this very much.
My best Jane
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
addictions ruin marriages, friendships even and are not good for you. I do have patience with my friend for his addictions, but it seems to me that i am pulling away from him because of them. Wishing I could stand by in this, maybe give him a chance. Enjoyed reading this, made me think i could do differently in this.
Reviewed by Eugene Williams
a metphor for watever life throws your way great piece of writing
Reviewed by William Cottringer
Jude-- You make a very interesting point. I guess the bottom line is that the "rewards" offered by the subsitute object(s) in the recovery plan have to be eqyuivalent to or greater than the rewards of the addiction, only in sociually approvied and personally productive ways! In that sense, it is the actual outcome of anything you are doing that counts--enabling (productive, healthy and desireable) or disabling (destructive, pathological and undesireable)Thanks. Bill C.
Reviewed by jude forese
do you know one can be addicted to overcoming an addiction once the addiction has been defeated ... i believe a recovering addict is in a perpetual state of withdrawal ...
Reviewed by JMS Bell
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