Friday, January 03, 2014


They said it was evidence-based practice.
     They were sure I would be happier.
          They told me independent living was the only way 
               to true recovery which they knew was my goal.

They never asked if I could cook,
     or if I liked to shop for groceries.
          They never thought to find out if or where I had any friends. 
               They just found me an evidence-based place.

The papers say I am in a place of my choosing.
    The papers say it is a person-centered plan.
          I wonder what person it is centered around?
               I guess whoever the state/lawsuit tasked with making me happier.
I am neither in the community nor in a commune.
     I’m in a cocoon hidden away like I need to be ashamed.
          How will I ever find my people with all the baggage
               this person-centered evidence-based treatment team makes me carry?

© Ed Cooper, January 3, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee 

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