Poems of a Recovering Addict: Enslaved by my addiction

After my first year of sobriety, I realized I’ve been run by my own fear. Anytime I was afraid of doing something I just wouldn’t do it, completely in my own way. 

I have blamed my lack of motivation on depression and many other things but now have come to find out that it was because of my fear. 

It immobilized me. Since realizing this I have been praying for my higher power to grant me courage to get through each day and to do the things I need to even if I am afraid. And since I began to do that, things have been easier! Much easier! 

Enslaved by addiction
Or so I had thought

When really in a web of fear

Is where I am caught

Because even with

All the substances removed

Still I am stuck 

Unable to move.

Kelsey Yost

Poetry found its way into Kelsey Yost’s life from a young age, often providing clarity and understanding for a life riddled with drugs and addiction. 

As a child, Kelsey was introduced to drug and alcohol through her parents. Years of struggle, including the death of her mother and father, made turning to drugs and alcohol more appealing and an easy form of escape. Years were spent in and out of jail, as relationships were strained and Kelsey lost custody of her daughter. But through it all was poetry. 

At 26, Kelsey went to rehab and on Jan. 16, 2020 celebrated a year of sobriety. She now uses poetry to share her journey of recovery and to tell others “You are not alone.” 

Kelsey Yost

Poetry found its way into Kelsey Yost’s life from a young age, often providing clarity and understanding for a life riddled with drugs and addiction.  As a child, Kelsey was introduced to drug and alcohol through her parents. Years of struggle, including the death of her mother and father, made turning to drugs and alcohol more appealing and an easy form of escape. Years were spent in and out of jail, as relationships were strained and Kelsey lost custody of her daughter. But through it all was poetry.  At 26, Kelsey went to rehab and on Jan. 16, 2020 celebrated a year of sobriety. She now uses poetry to share her journey of recovery and to tell others “You are not alone.” 

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