Episode 11: Addiction

A monologue written from the perspective of a cigarette starts a conversation about addiction. Featuring conversations with Charmira Nelson, who wrote the monologue while struggling with a secret addiction to cigarettes when she was a junior in high school, and "John," a recovering addict and member of Narcotics Anonymous.

Click here to read a transcript of this episode.

You can’t get enough of me. I’m the reason you live everyday. We give each other life.
— from "Addiction" by Charmira Nelson
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further reading & resources

Charmira Nelson performs a poem with the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement in 2011.

If you need immediate help for yourself or a loved one, call NA's local help line (215)NAWORKS

To learn more about Narcotics Anonymous, visit: NA.org (NA World Service) or NAworks.org (Greater Philadelphia Region)

Read "By Young Addicts For Young Addicts," an NA pamphlet that gives you greater insight into what NA might look like for you, written by other young people.

To read personal accounts about the opioid epidemic here in Philadelphia, check out "Philly's Overdose Epidemic" on Philly.com.

Read about the Food and Drug Administration's current crackdown on stores and online sites selling e-cigarettes to underage buyers.

about the performer



Jaylene Clark Owens is a Philly resident from Harlem, NY. She is an AUDELCO and Barrymore Award winning actress, as well as a highly acclaimed poet. Owens is a first place Apollo Theater Amateur Night winner for her poetry. She is the Executive Director of Harlem KW Project, LLC, which is the theatrical company she created with three other women to create the AUDELCO-award winning play about gentrification in Harlem, Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale. Education: BFA Ithaca College. Recent theatre credits include: The Revolutionists (Theatre Horizon), WHITE (Theatre Horizon), An Octoroon (The Wilma Theater). She is a Company Member for The Wilma Theater’s acting company, Hothouse. Up next: Passage (The Wilma Theater). JayleneClarkOwens.com.

2018 Mouthful monologue festival

Featuring 18 monologues written by middle school and high school students from throughout Greater Philadelphia. April 13-21 at the Drake Theater in Center City Philadelphia. Find out more and reserve your Pay What You Decide tickets here.

"Addiction" was directed by Mitchell Bloom.

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