rehab first week
25th May 2018

Patient poem: “At A First Meeting”

We were delighted to receive a wonderful poem “At a First Meeting” by a former patient Andrew, who came to Broadway Lodge back in 1977 to receive treatment for alcohol addiction. Following a 5 month rehabilitation stay, Andrew completed treatment and has been abstinent ever since, attending AA meetings regularly. What an inspiration – thank you Andrew. He has expressly confirmed to Broadway Lodge that, provided either Broadway Lodge or [email protected]  is acknowledged, the poem may be copied and published freely for non-commercial purposes.


New Pigeon asks Old Timer,

How do I get this thing?

You want to Stop?

Whatever it takes?

Yes, I want it,

I’ll do anything.

OK: don’t drink, don’t think,

Go to meetings.

What does it mean

Don’t think?

It means, Don’t argue,

Just do it.

Surely it can’t

Be that simple?

Listen: I’ll be here,

tomorrow night,

and for all I know

you might be right.