I’m writing this letter to tell you goodbye! I have come to a point in my life that I no longer need or want you to be a part of my life. It’s not easy for me to say this, but I have to let you go! I’ve since grown up to be the man my family and dearly loved ones have come to admire, love, respect, honor, trust, and appreciate so very much.
I don’t need to run and hide or escape from my worries, stresses, or fears! You’ve been my best of friends and the worst of friends! You were many things to me, my comfort, safety and security! Well, you also told me lies, and how to lie and betray the ones who cared and loved me. And you taught me how to cheat, steal, destroy, and many other things! You have gotten me in trouble many times before and every time you let me pay the price! You stole a decade of my life, freedom, and social attributes! I’ve sacrificed more for you then you’ve done for me!
In the beginning, it started out for fun, but as time went by the lies and deceit came into being, then it wasn’t fun anymore! You had made me into a selfish person only caring for nobody but your selfish wants! Making me a slave to feeding your greed with drugs and alcohol!
I’ve had enough! I’m standing my ground! Things are gonna be different from now on! I’m gonna do this my way from now on! You will no longer have power over me, even though I may have to live with your ghost for the rest of my life. But, I’m OK with that cause if there’s one good thing I’ve learned from you is that I have strength within to withstand any evil! Now I can walk with my head up high and say, “I survived!”
I have learned how to be humble and to have humility to ask and accept and to give help when needed! I can think with a clear mind and feel with an open heart!
— Written by Edmund Evensen as a farewell to his addiction.
Adult Learning Center student.