Poems of a Recovering Addict: Living this lie

I drank and used to hide from many different emotions. My addiction provided me with a false sense of happiness and a relief from any negative feelings. But slowly I realized that what I was doing was just covering up these emotions and not taking them away. No matter how hard I tried to forget those feelings, no matter how much I used or drank, they were still present. 

Each day I wake up 

And put on my disguise

Walk around with a fake smile

That never meets my eyes

Hoping one day 

Everything will be fine

So I can be done

Living this lie.

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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