In 1996, when South Country Treatment Centre was awarded a
Gambling Program, staff wrote this poem to honor the closing ceremony in
which a candle was lighted.
THE LIGHT WITHIN
Within each of us is a light. It is up to us to keep our
light burning, protecting it from adversities and
doubts. Never let your light burn out, nor allow others to put it out.
Today, you receive a green candle which symbolizes
freedom and growth, and represents the light burning
within. Hold the candle, knowing you can be free
from the pain of addiction. Light your road to
recovery with it. Surround yourself with its light and
rejoice in the hope and growth from within.
As you journey along life's path, there will be times
when the light will flicker. Keep the light burning
brightly, never letting it die. To let the light burn out
will leave you in darkness, filled with confusion and
When things seem at its darkest, remember your
victories as well as your downfalls. you are not alone.
Light your candle and embrace the memories and
friendships you have made. Recall the knowledge you
have gained, and always believe you are the master of
As the flame flickers, and shadows bounce around the
room, let the warmth of the candle fill you with
serenity and peace. Know you are growing as a person.
Know you are free.
"Written by the Staff of South Country"
CLIENT COMMENTS -
- THE LIGHT WITHIN