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Chapter 23

To their surprise, the family were readily cooperative. Raymond’s wife, Joan, said she had been going on about this for some time to Raymond. They hatched a plot to get Joan, an artist, to paint a portrait of Jane – a process that would involve frequent modelling sessions. 205 more words

Healing

Day 1

It took me all day to do it. But I did it. I got rid of my pipe, believe it or not it still had one puff left in it. 224 more words

Addict

Day 13: Hungover but only from the booze

Went out for my friend’s birthday last night. Like mentioned before, we went to a nightclub with bottle service. I don’t drink very often anymore but about once or twice a year I will overdo it like I did last night. 320 more words

Thoughts

Bedroom at Daybreak

A breeze saunters in,
brisk enough
to rouse spectres
from corners –
words flung like fists

fists flung like answers.
Passion smolders
then surrenders
to ash. 25 more words

Poem

Step 4b

A Sound Ideal

When they gave us their hearts,
We drained them with selfishness
When they gave us their hearts,
We broke them with dishonesty… 96 more words

Recovery

Step 6

Willingness to go to any length to find hope, while in the midst of hopelessness, can be an intimidating and overwhelming proposition.

At first glance, “willingness” is a daunting word. 310 more words

Recovery

Step 5

Truth

I stand before you,
Bare
Stripped of everything I thought I was
Everything I wanted you to believe I was
No longer disguising who I truly am… 31 more words

Recovery