Rolling in with the Waves

Updated: Sep 11, 2019






As with all life experiences, recovery (from trauma, illness, addiction or anything) has some features that are common to many, and others that are unique to each individual. Here, Matt and Alex combine their stories into a poem that voices their different experiences of roads to recovery, stages of the journey, and setbacks or roadblocks inevitably encountered on the way.


When I made it I couldn't believe it

Rolling in with the waves

Lived to tell the tale


Been on an alcohol binge

survived it all

what doesn't kill ya

makes you stronger.

Recovery was on the agenda

Lived to tell the tale

been drinking far too much

need to keep all that in touch


Hurt but alive

Rolling in with the waves

Lived to tell the tale


Look back with pride

finally safe alive

when I made it I couldn't believe it

friends lost or gone

friends I ran from

feeling frightened

I had survived - despite my best efforts

had to leave people behind

I had survived - still don't believe it

The road to recovery lies ahead

do I see it?

perhaps as horizon

I can't rush or run -

I'm not ready

damaged but not broken

hurt but alive

I must bide my time

live in limbo land


When I made it I couldn't believe it

Rolling in with the waves

Lived to tell the tale


wish I could always move forward

unlock the door and let the sun wash in

but I have a drawer full of weak excuses


When I made it I couldn't believe it

Rolling in with the waves

Lived to tell the tale


Recovery is like a flower

that blooms again in June

survived the storms of life

saw the dark side of the moon

walked on broken dreams

through lousy housing schemes

trying to find a way

to see a brighter day


When I made it I couldn't believe it

Rolling in with the waves

Lived to tell the t