Write Drugs, Alcohol, Or Any Other Substance A Goodbye Letter

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Monday, 24 September 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News, Alcohol

goodbye to drugs and alcohol

“Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people – they always go away, sooner or later. You can’t hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside of you, then they’re still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.”

Here is mine:


Dear Prescription Pills and Alcohol,

I think you are the BEST and I am certain that you will only become better with time. Adderall, you I love, in particular, and I will always cherish what we had.

You came into my life “….for a reason and season”, and although I once imagined that our season would last forever I have come to the conclusion that it cannot. We want different things.

Speaking of different things, I want calm, grace, ease, and peace of mind, but not with you – Xanax, Klonopin, or Ativan.

Yes, you dulled the pain and mitigated the uncomfortable feelings, but you also muted the happiness.

It is time for me to try to deal with life on my own, “walk the line” alone, or at least sans you.

At last I bid you good bye, forever I hope – clean, quick, and abrupt. It just has to be that way.

I am choosing to move on with my memories of you intact, the good and the bad.

As long as I live, I will never, ever forget you – either of you, and be certain that I will never love anything or anyone the way that I loved you, pure and unconditionally.

I had dreams before you came along that must come to life, goals that were near completion……after all, I do not want to have regret.

It is time for me to put my life back together. Not only do I want to make new memories, sober ones, I want to smile, laugh, forgive and forget, love and worry less.

I am sorry to leave this way, but I know no other way.

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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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