Written by Emily*, a participant in the Women in Recovery (WIR) program at Family & Children’s Services.

 

I pray for the one who uses for the first time today… They won’t want to leave, they’ll want more so they’ll stay…

 

They will do it for fun at first, or maybe even the high… They will like when they’re using, they’re far from being shy…

 

It will start with excuses to their family, maybe even a friend… Then there isn’t a rule that they won’t bend…

 

And that’s when it starts, the road to disaster… Being a liar and thief is what they will master…

 

It will start with denial, they’ll say “I’ll be fine”… But at this point it’s only a matter of time…

 

They will lose their kids, their car, even their home if they had one… This drug brings you down, there won’t be anymore fun…

 

They’ll be out for days, weeks, or months on a binge… Getting their high from a dirty syringe…

 

They’ll be lying and stealing, having no conscious or thinking… They are stuck in quicksand and slowly sinking…

 

They will try to pull up but there in too deep to pull out… Their body needs it to function, that without a doubt…

 

They are sick with no money, no dope to get cured with… They thought the stories they heard were all just a big myth…

 

Now they do believe as they stand with no hope… That this is the life you’ll live, if you pick up that dope…

 

Jails, Institutions, and Death, it’s that blunt… So play with the devil if that’s what you want…

 

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Emily joined WIR, which provides an alternative to incarceration for women who’ve committed non-violent criminal offenses, in January 2012. The 22-year-old mother was facing a sentence of six years to life for attempting to obtain forged prescriptions, grand larceny and other related charges. After completing WIR, Emily hopes to attend college and become an author.  

 

* name changed to protect client’s identity