Drug Addiction

My CIA

November 5th, 2015
My CIA

One of our goals at Mountainside is to provide clients with opportunities for self-discovery — helping them to better understand themselves and to find the inner strength needed to live a life in recovery.

Below is a poem written by a current client who shares his experience on our Change In Action, three-day, two-night, wilderness-based experience. He starts the journey as “broken and frail” but ends “a man greatly enlightened.”


Tall and tenacious the mountain stood

Orange, yellow, and red-decorative wood

Unwilling to budge despite my intention

Conquered it was, with wisdom’s retention


Fellowship, a curious group collected

Trust and companionship, I’m truly infected

Clasped at the hands, walking a wire

Couldn’t have taught me more-my desire


I ascended the mountain broken and frail

Unable to cope and concerned I would fail

On this journey, once alone and frightened

I descended a man greatly enlightened



If your loved one is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.