I hurt myself so much from those secrets I kept; I lived in an addiction I could never forget. I sold my body just to forget all the pain and to feed my addiction all over again.

Today I let go of my ugly past and talk about pain instead of taking a blast.

It feels good to live today and have freedom from pain.

- Susan

How it was when I first came in,
The most deepest clouds had just set in.
Into my life not knowing why.
I was given suggestions, However I did not try.
Until one day I started to pray,
To keep all my negativity far away.
I then sought nourishment to achieve my goals,
To make my life a better soul.
Then I finally came to the end of my road,
And when I surrendered I laid down my load.
Narcotics Anonymous is what played a big part.
It reopened my mind, my soul, and my heart.
I now have a higher power. Which is God.
I thank him dearly for opening my eyes.
I like to thank Interim House and my fellow peers.
Without your support I wouldn't be aware.
And for me, I knew that I had to succeed
And the message of this poem is just take heed.

-Rhonda L.

During the course of my recovery,
I've stumbled upon a startling discovery.
There are angels working all around of me,
Working to make all of us free.
Free from our disease of addiction,
Free from our mental afflictions.
Those angels work hard day and night,
These angels work hard to make it all right.
All right for us to prove we want change
Show the world we're not that strange.
Oh, these angels do have names, like
Karen H. and Chris P., Patti and Little Ms. Kathy.
Nicole, Pat, Denise, Jennifer, Onamae.
All these angels show us a better way.
These ladies just don't talk the talk,
Ahhh, and we surely can't forget Ms. Alice,
She truly deserves to be in a palace
What I'm trying to say here,
Is all these angels are truly dear.
All these blessings we need to count,
On their wings we need to mount.
Mount up and fly away...
Zoom into a brighter day!
I'm speechless, I'm stunned, what else can I say?
Come on show me that better way.
Just open your eyes and then you'll see.
Look at all these angels flying around me!!!

-Toni M. class of '98-'99