Poem about the Struggle with Addiction

 

Like millions of others, Ericka Smith is a 46-year old Black woman from Northwestern Oregon who has struggled with addiction most of her life. She wrote the following poem for her women's substance abuse recovery group: 

 

Let us build each other up, not tear one another down.

It is not by coincidence that our paths are now bound.

We are not bound by negativity, but we are bound by love.

We are sisters with God's hand from above.

Where there is despair, let us give each other hope,

Teach each other patience and positive ways to cope.

When a sister is in need, give out a helping hand.

Sometimes there is frustration, but pray to understand.

Have empathy for your sisters, for they will certainly have your back.

Give support and affirmations. Help her stay on track.

Let us build each other up, not tear one another down,

Because it is not by coincidence that our paths are now bound.