He only took valium as required.
Let me get that straight.
It was a necessary evil.
It helped prevent mind-blowing meltdowns.
By now he knew the warning signs all to well
So he would take a dose and lie down for an hour or two.
This pattern could last three days
Until the symptoms resolved.
He didn’t take it just for the sake of it.
What would be the point.
He did no abuse it.
That too would serve him no good.
He was afraid of valium to some extent
Having read many stories of addiction and withdrawal.
He had been on and off valium for years
With no such ill effects.
His doctor was very calculating.
With expertise and objectivity on his side.
Something that he didn’t
But he learned to trust.
That he is me.