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I have known and also worked with several people that suffer from drug addictions. This is a sad thing and people can tell after some time things are wrong but they do not want to be the bad guy!It is not being the bad guy -- you might be the one that save's their life and helps them turn things around. Please reach out and find some tough love when it is called for.

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Addiction is a frightening and lonely place where paranoia runs wild. Fear of being found out, watching and waiting for something. Always wanting; for that’s addiction’s strong hold calling!
Addiction is being out of control, always looking for a way out. Panic lies just beneath the surface as you scan the room looking for any evidence that might have been left behind. Paranoia is playing with your mind again.
Addiction makes the decisions on where and what you do. After all what if you’re found out? Maybe the shakes or nausea and vomiting will hit, what then? The weight loss gets too much attention. No, friends are no longer welcome in this world of addiction; it’s too dangerous!
Addiction means you’re no longer there for yourself. You can’t make the right decisions or be trusted as the addiction is powerful and all consuming. You want help but fear and uncertainty grabs hold making you think, “What if”? 
Addiction is a disease. It’s being at dis-ease with you! Like other diseases’ it won’t go away without treatment. You hope someone loves you enough to help before it’s too late and you’re dead but do they? Why look the other way, make comments or even support the habit?
Addiction belongs to everyone! Are you frightened and lonely desperately wanting help? Are you watching someone sink in despair and loneliness? Are you the addiction, anchor, or the life raft? 
Addiction, what is it to you?
                                                                                       Debbie Knapp

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  1. Date: 7/4/2015 11:41:00 PM
    Debbie, CONGRATULATIONS, on having your poem featured on the soup's home page. Enjoy the coming week. Take Care ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 12/8/2011 4:03:00 PM
    Wow! Some very wise words here Debbie.Great write!

    Knapp Avatar Debbie Knapp
    Date: 12/8/2011 4:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you my friend..
  1. Date: 11/2/2011 12:20:00 PM
    Strong message here, Debbie. And you end with some good questions and points of introspection. A lot of people think of only certain angles when the word 'addiction' comes up. In the end, everyone is addicted to something, whether it is as simple as being addicted to sugar. Online activity is a burgeoning addiction....even though I figured you were referring to substance abuse in this poem. And then there is being addicted to bad people. Also a very dangerous addiction.

    Knapp Avatar Debbie Knapp
    Date: 11/2/2011 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Chris, You are right, addiction IS anything. I put a message for people to think about. Now maybe when someone need's help from addiction people will step up. We don't help because to make friends we help to save lives. I've known drug addics, gamblers, alcoholics, and those in a bad relationship. Some lost their life while loved ones and friends watched. HELP THEM!
  1. Date: 11/2/2011 11:34:00 AM
    Addiction is everything and it will take everything without conscience or prejudice. Without help, the addict will do whatever he needs to protect the addiction up to and including the loss of his own life. I pray for the addicts.

    Knapp Avatar Debbie Knapp
    Date: 11/2/2011 1:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I pray as well and help as often as possible. As a nurse I have seen the very dark and ugly side. I can't say often enough Do not fall into a trap of pity -- Do not baby an Addict it does not and will not help. I see this more often than not. When the addict winds up dead they never understand because they did everything they could. TRY TOUGH LOVE...