30 Days in Detox

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Conversation between addiction counselor and client. Not all addictions are drug-related. Language warning.



Day One

Welcome to the detox facility. (Fuck this place)
We hope your stay will be pleasant and productive.
(Don't worry, I'm not staying long)
Let me give you a tour of the building. (This place is shit)
This is the main foyer, the hub of social interaction.
(Social interaction? What a joke)
We encourage you to visit this area often
Rather than staying alone in your room.
(I'll go wherever I want, bitch)
Since you'll be here for a while
You should try to make some friends.
(I've already got friends, thanks)
This is your room, your home away from home.
(Fuck this place. I want to go home)
I hope you find it comfortable and welcoming.
We understand you're here 
because you've been fighting a battle with addiction.
(I'm addicted)
(So what?)
(I like it)

We want to help you with that.
(I don't need your help. Fuck off)
You will need to be completely open and honest with us.
(Fuck that. My life is none of your business)
Otherwise, we can't help you.
I'll say that again: we can't help you. 
(No one can help me)

Day Five

Tell me when this problem began for you. (Ten years ago)
How did it begin? (I tried it once and got hooked)
Did your peers pressure you to do it? (It was my choice)
Did you have an unhappy childhood? (I was made fun of a lot)
What triggered you to turn to this substance?(Loneliness)
How often were you using? (24 hours a day)
How did your drug use affect your family?
(They were not supportive)
If you won't talk to me, I can't help you.
(No one can help me)
(Just leave me alone)

You'll be going through some withdrawal symptoms soon
(I'm already sick with it)

Day Thirty

You're going to want to start using again.
(No kidding. I still want to)
It's going to take time and a lot of effort on your part
(What if I don't want to work that hard?)
It will always be a battle for you, but it gets easier in time.
We wish you all the best in the future.
Just remember, one day at a time.
(You have no idea what it's like for me)
(I crave my drug every day all day)

(It gets less painful with each passing day)
(I think I'm going to be ok now)
(Then I see him again)


Submitted: June 16, 2020

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Jobe Rubens

Yes, your 'inner dialogue' IS stating the obvious - frustrated at all those 'protocol questions' fired at you. I saw this as a scene in a movie. It would work as a split screen. And, please, expletives are very welcome and show you're human.

Tue, June 16th, 2020 6:52pm


Thank you for your feedback!

Tue, June 16th, 2020 12:20pm


I really liked the dual pov of this poem. Far more effective than it could have been from a single one.
Excellent work.

Tue, June 16th, 2020 7:06pm


Thank you!

Tue, June 16th, 2020 12:19pm


Conversations, even if in one's mind, are always intriguing. this told the truth

Tue, June 16th, 2020 10:39pm


Thank you for taking the time to read and comment :)

Tue, June 16th, 2020 5:39pm

Derina Peng

Haha! That is so cool, so original! I damn know how that feel when people try to tell me not to read or write for a day! Huah! I hide in toilets and smoke my words! They are just @&;?! You know.

Tue, June 16th, 2020 11:29pm


lol I hear you!

Tue, June 16th, 2020 5:38pm

tom mcmullen

This worked well Tammi, In the past I met drug counselors who smoked while telling me to give up something, I guess that double standard has gone now. Good luck!

Wed, June 17th, 2020 8:46am


Thank you for your comment. This poem is about being addicted to a person.

Wed, June 17th, 2020 8:16am

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