The Silence of Addiction

katie muska

 

 

 

SCENE 1


[The lights come on. Naomi is doing some everyday cleaning around the living room. All seems perfectly well and normal. Her husband, Charlie, comes in from work at the accounting firm looking particularly happy. He drops his coat and briefcase on the arm chair and kisses Naomi on the cheek as she continues her cleaning. A figure dressed all in black [Addiction] sits in the back corner of the room on a wooden chair, watching. Neither Naomi nor Charlie acknowledges its presence.]

 

NAOMI:

You seem like you’re in a good mood. What’s the occasion?

 

CHARLIE:

Today was such a good day, babe! [As he unbuttons his suit jacket and takes it off, loosening his tie as well.] Our quarterly reports came back from the firm and we are looking at such a well-projected increase in profitability. Boss says I’m one of the youngest accountants he’s had with increases this big.

 

NAOMI:
That’s great news, Charlie! I’m so proud of you. The firm is off to a good start this year!

 

CHARLIE:
That it is. How was your day?

 

NAOMI:
Oh, it was fine I guess. Nothing out of the ordinary, you know.

 

CHARLIE:
Normal is good for us.

 

NAOMI:
Yeah… [Nervously] Listen Charlie, I was doing some thinking today and I wanted to run something by you.

 

[Charlie, half paying attention, picks up the day’s newspaper from the coffee table and sits down in the arm chair.]

 

CHARLIE:
What’s up?

 

NAOMI:
Well, things have been going so well around here lately. The firm is doing great, and Lily is old enough for daycare now. I’ve been feeling so great… I thought maybe it might be the perfect time for me to go back to work…

 

[Charlie looks up from his paper with gentle concern. He stands and sits on the couch by Naomi, motioning for her to join him. Naomi quietly sits beside him, waiting for his response.]

 

CHARLIE:
Look Naomi, I know things have been going well. You’ve been doing so great, and I’m so proud of you. But…

 

[he pauses and looks away from her]

 

NAOMI:
But what?

 

CHARLIE:
I just think it’s too soon.

 

NAOMI:
It’s been almost a year this time…

 

CHARLIE:
I know, and that’s amazing. But these things don’t just go away, you know that. It’s a constant battle. And when you’re in the house or out with your mom or watching Lily, it’s easy, you know? Out there in the world, though…

 

[Addiction perks up. It listens to the conversation being had and hears its cue.]

 

ADDICTION:
He doesn’t think you can handle it.

 

NAOMI:
[To Charlie] You don’t think I can handle it?

 

CHARLIE:
I do, I really do. [taking her hands] Just not now. I don’t think you’re ready. I’m sorry. It’s just that we’ve been here before, and not just once… But don’t worry about the business, your sister has it under control. There will be plenty of people in need of a party planner when you’re ready.

 

ADDICTION:
[Leaning forward] You’ll never change.

 

[Naomi looks down at her hands held by Charlie in her lap. Addiction sits back smugly. Charlie puts his arm around her shoulder lovingly, but she still doesn’t look up.]

 

CHARLIE:
[Trying to sound slightly more cheery] Hey, where’s Lily? Let’s get her in here, I miss my little girl.

 

[Naomi pulls away from Charlie and starts to gather her cleaning supplies, still not looking at him.]

 

NAOMI:
[Quietly] She’s napping. Though it’s a miracle, she’s been a little irritable lately.

 

CHARLIE:
Must be something in the air. I think we’ve all been a little irritable lately.

 

[Naomi stops her cleaning and gives Charlie a sideways glance. He pretends not to notice and picks up the newspaper again.]

 

NAOMI:
That was a little pointed.

 

CHARLIE:
What? [absentmindedly] No, I meant all of us.

 

[Naomi’s phone dings with a text message. She ignores it, but it dings again. She picks it up and reads the messages to herself, suddenly forgetting her annoyance with Charlie.]

 

NAOMI:
[Distractedly] Okay, you’re right I’m sorry.

 

CHARLIE:
The game’s on tonight, do you think we could eat dinner in the living room? I know you hate that but…

 

NAOMI:
[Distracted in thought] No, babe that’s fine. I don’t mind.

 

[Charlie puts down the paper and stands. He walks over to Naomi and kisses her cheek.]

 

CHARLIE:
You know I love you, right?

 

NAOMI:
[Quietly, not looking him in the eyes, still looking at her phone] Love you too.

 

CHARLIE:
You okay babe?

 

[Naomi seems to not hear him. She gazes ahead blankly as she puts her phone in her pocket and goes to fold a blanket on the couch.]

 

CHARLIE:
Naomi? Are you okay?

 

[Addiction sits forward with a sick smile.]

 

ADDICTION:
Don’t worry, you’re fine. Don’t tell him about the messages. Just tell him you’re fine. No… tell him you’re great. That sounds so much better.

 

[Naomi blinks and turns to Charlie, suddenly cheery and putting on a smile. She throws her arms around Charlie’s neck and kisses him.]

 

NAOMI:
I’m fine. I’m great, actually. Sorry, I just got lost in thought for a moment. Did you say you were hungry? Let me go get dinner started. I’m making your favorite, pot roast! Relax, I’ll call you when it’s finished.

 

[Looking satisfied with the display, Addiction sits back in its chair with a content smile. Charlie smiles back at Naomi, also satisfied with her answer. He sits back down with his paper.]

 

CHARLIE:
Thanks, babe. You’re the best.

 

[Naomi smiles and exits the stage to prepare dinner. Addiction remains silent in the corner while Charlie turns on the TV, still not acknowledging Addiction’s presence. Lights fade to black.]

 

 

SCENE 2


[Lights come up. Naomi is on the phone in the living room. Addiction is in its place in the corner, watching silently. Charlie comes home from work and takes off his jacket, throwing it on top of the arm chair. He hears Naomi on the phone just long enough to catch the end of her conversation.]


NAOMI:
[On the phone] Yes, that would be so perfect. Absolutely, Monday would be amazing. You have no idea how helpful you’ve been. I’m sure Lily will love it. Thank you so much. You too. Buh-bye.

 

[She hangs up the phone].

CHARLIE:
Lily would love what?

 

NAOMI:
[Startled] Oh, Charlie, hi! You scared me, I didn’t hear you come in.

 

CHARLIE:
Lily would love what?

 

NAOMI:
Now hear me out, Charlie. [Walking over to Charlie] I was taking Lily for a walk in her stroller around the park and I ran into Ally, you know the one with the twins I’ve told you about? Well we started talking and I mentioned that I wanted to go back to work but that I didn’t think my mom could take Lily 5 days a week. And Ally told me about this amazing daycare she takes the twins to.

 

CHARLIE:
Naomi…

 

NAOMI:
That was them on the phone just now. Ally said the space is limited, but they just had a family move out of town, so there’s an opening for Lily. And they said they could take her starting Monday!

 

CHARLIE:
Naomi, we talked about this already. You’re not ready to go back to work.

 

NAOMI:
I know, but I just thought it can’t hurt to try… I really want to at least try.

 

CHARLIE:
I understand that babe, but this isn’t like trying a new restaurant or department store. Things could go really badly.

 

NAOMI:
I guess you’re right… but what if they don’t go badly? What if they go really well? How are we ever supposed to know what kind of progress I’ve made if I’m not allowed to try?

 

CHARLIE:

[Walking away from Naomi, keeping his back to her] I’m sorry Naomi, but we talked and decided on this the other night. We’re going to give it some more time.

 

[Addiction sits forward in its chair.]

 

ADDICTION:
[To Naomi] Fight back. Get mean. You can do anything while I’m on your side.

 

NAOMI:
[To Charlie] No, Charlie. You talked. You decided. I know I can do this! Who knows me better than I do?

 

CHARLIE:
[Turning around] I just don’t know… I already worry about you every day, and now you’re gonna be getting back into the real world? What if you get stressed or overwhelmed?

 

NAOMI:
Then I’ll handle it. And I’ll have my sister there with me. The whole reason we started this business together was because we knew we would always have each other’s backs. I’m not going to relapse.

 

[Charlie sits down on the couch and puts his face in his hands. He looks up, concerned, at Naomi. Naomi walks over and sits next to him, putting her hands on his leg. Addiction stands and starts walking towards them, going unnoticed by the two of them.]

 

NAOMI:
Hey, everything is going to be fine. My addiction is totally under control this time.

 

[Addiction walk towards them and sits on the other side of Naomi, folding his hands together. Neither Naomi nor Charlie acknowledges its presence.]

 

CHARLIE:
Very convincing. He’ll never know I’m still here.

 

CHARLIE:
[Reluctantly] Okay. We’ll give it a try. But if work is too much for you, no more, okay?

 

ADDICTION:
[Putting its hand on her shoulder] I’m always going to be here.

 

NAOMI:

 

[To Charlie] Okay. Thank you.

 

[Lights fade to black.]



SCENE 3

 

[Naomi rushes into the house, looking a little flustered. She’s holding a few binders and her purse. She quickly puts them down on the coffee table and sits down on the couch. After a few moments, she stands again, looking unsure of what to do. Addiction rises from its chair in the corner but does not walk towards her.]

 

ADDICTION:
Tough day, huh?

 

[Naomi does not respond or acknowledge it. She pulls out her phone and starts typing a message out.]


ADDICTION:
Ignore me all you want, I already know it was a tough day. Much harder than you thought it was going to be. [Pause.] What will Charlie say when you tell him he was right?


[Naomi throws her phone down on the couch.]

 

NAOMI:
No! Get it together, Naomi. Charlie will be home any minute.

 

ADDICTION:
Yea, we wouldn’t want him to see you like this, all panicky and shaky. And we definitely wouldn’t want him to see who you were just texting. Better delete that.

 

[Naomi remembers the phone on the couch. She picks it up and frantically scrolls through and deletes her message.]

 

NAOMI:
[To herself] Okay, that never happened. It was just a little slip, no big deal. First day was bound to be a little overwhelming. Charlie will understand that. And we’ll just forget about the text.

 

ADDICTION:
If you tell him how today really went, he’ll never let you go back. You have to lie for us. Tell him you didn’t think about me once today and that everything went great. And yea, definitely don’t tell him you were about to text your old friends. He’ll never let that one go.

 

NAOMI:
[Sitting down on the couch, still talking to herself] Well, maybe I should just act fine. What am I saying? [Trying to convince herself] I am fine. Today was great. Charlie will be so proud.

 

ADDICTION:
That’s my girl. [Sits back down]

 

[Charlie walks into the house from work looking chipper. He puts down his briefcase as he walks over to Naomi and sits with her on the couch, kissing her cheek.]

 

CHARLIE:
Hey! So? How’d it go? How was the first day back? I want to hear everything.

 

ADDICTION:
[From its chair] Remember the plan.

 

NAOMI:
[Grabbing Charlie’s hand] Oh it was amazing! It was so great to be back. I think Sarah really missed having me there with her. We got so much done.

 

CHARLIE:
And you’re okay? Nothing happened? You feel fine?

 

ADDICTION:
Absolutely.

 

NAOMI:
Absolutely. I feel better than fine. Work is where I belong, I think it actually helps me even more. Keeps me busy.

 

CHARLIE:
That’s so great babe. I’m really happy for you. After all the effort you put into your recovery, you deserve a chance at a normal life again. I’m so proud.

 

NAOMI:
Thank you, Char. Means a lot.
[Naomi peeks back towards the corner of the room where Addiction sits for a second, but quickly looks back to Charlie when he speaks again.]

 

CHARLIE:
Well, we should celebrate. I’m taking my girls out tonight. Grab your purse, we’ll go pick up Lily and go to dinner, okay?

 

NAOMI:
Oh, you don’t have to do that Charlie. I don’t mind cooking.

 

CHARLIE:
I know you don’t, but this is cause for celebration. I won’t take no for an answer. Let me run to the bathroom and I’ll meet you in the car.

 

[He kisses her cheek and leaves the stage.]

 

ADDICTION:
Wow, I’m impressed. Your lies have earned you a fancy dinner out. Kudos, Naomi. We’re on our way back.

 

[Naomi shakes her head. She stands, sighs, and grabs her purse, exiting the stage.]

 

 

SCENE 4


[Naomi and Charlie are in the living room having an argument about money and Charlie’s later and later work hours. Charlie is pacing around while Naomi is seated on the couch, arms crossed. Addiction is observing from its seat in the corner as usual, waiting for its cues.]

 

CHARLIE:
You are being so selfish, Naomi!
[Charlie turns his back to her and walks to the other side of the room.]

 

NAOMI:
[Leaning forward] I’m being selfish? How am I being selfish? All I want is to spend some time with my husband, God forbid. You’re the one who keeps working later and later. Did you think I wouldn’t notice?

 

CHARLIE:
[Turning around] It’s only a couple times a week.

 

NAOMI:
No, it used to be a couple times a week. It’s almost every night lately. You miss dinner, you crash into bed without saying a word. For Christ’s sake, you barely even see your own daughter anymore.

 

CHARLIE:
[Walking towards Naomi again] I’m basically running this company. They’re looking to make me a partner full time. Do you understand how much time and effort that takes? Why are you being so crazy about this?

 

NAOMI:
You also have a family, do you understand that? We’re important too. Do you even care about us?

 

CHARLIE:
Are you serious? You and Lily are the reason I’m doing this at all. We need the money. A promotion means more money. Besides, we wouldn’t even need the extra money if you hadn’t insisted on going back to work and sticking Lily in that prissy daycare.

 

NAOMI:
[Standing up to face Charlie] Do not put this on me, Charlie. We both knew I’d be going back to work eventually. We both made that decision.

 

CHARLIE:
You made that decision all on your own. I said no and you refused to listen. Well, now here we are. We need money and I’m the one who can do that. [Paces back to the other side of the room]

 

NAOMI:
[Follows him] I need you to be around. I need you here with me and your daughter. Lily needs you here. I can’t do this alone.

 

CHARLIE:
[Turning to face her] Then come back from work! When I get this promotion, you’ll never have to work again, and I won’t have to worry about things going south again. We both know you can’t handle this

stress forever. I hate to say it, but you’re going to break.

 

NAOMI:
[Looking at him with disbelief] Is that really what you think? You think I’m gonna go back to that life?

 

CHARLIE:
[Putting his hands gently on her shoulders] It doesn’t just go away, Naomi. You know what they say, once an addict, always an addict. To be honest, I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Naomi:

 

[Stepping back out of his grasp]

 

How could you say that to me? After all my progress, after everything I’ve done for you… I thought you were different.

 

CHARLIE:
Yea, well maybe you should have thought about that before you decided to pick up and use in the first place. Then we wouldn’t be in this mess and I wouldn’t have to deal with this bullshit.

 

[Charlie storms out of the room to the bedroom, slamming the door behind him. Naomi looks after him before falling to the couch and sobbing. Addiction stands and walks over to her, putting a hand on her shoulder.]

 

ADDICTION:
It’s time. Do it.

 

[Naomi continues to sob with her head in her hands.]

 

ADDICTION:
I said do it. It’s the only way you’re going to feel better and you know it.

 

NAOMI:
[Whispering, head still down] No.

 

ADDICTION:
[Yelling] Do it!

 

[Naomi picks her head up and takes her phone out of her pocket. She dials a number and speaks to someone on the other end.]

 

NAOMI:
Hey, it’s me… Yea, I know it’s been a while… None of your business. Yea. You know what I want. Do you have it or not? Now. Yes, now. I’ll meet you. Yea 10 minutes. Bye.

 

[Naomi hangs up the phone. She takes a deep breath before standing and taking out her wallet, pulling out cash. She starts to walk away and then stops.]

 

ADDICTION:
Go ahead. This is exactly what we need.

 

[Naomi nods to herself and continues off the stage. Lights go black.]

 

 

SCENE 5


[Lights come up. Charlie walks into the living room from the baby’s room, looking flustered and worried. He sits in the chair and taps his foot impatiently, checking his watch. Addiction sits quietly in its chair. Naomi enters the house in a rush. Charlie stands.]

 

CHARLIE:
Naomi! There you are. Where have you been?

 

ADDICTION:

[Mimics checking its watch, smiling] Late. Right on time.

 

NAOMI:
I had some errands to run. I’m not that late, relax. I’ll get dinner started right now. Put on the TV or something.

 

CHARLIE:
No—[Grabs Naomi’s arm]—Naomi I don’t care about dinner.

 

NAOMI:
Charlie! [Pulls her arm away] Let go of me, what’s your problem?

 

CHARLIE:
My problem? My problem is that you left our daughter at daycare today!

 

NAOMI:
Oh, my God… Where is she? Is she still there? I’ll go get her! [Starts towards the door but stops when Charlie speaks]

 

CHARLIE:
No, she’s not still there. She’s in her crib now. The daycare called me after they couldn’t get ahold of you.

 

NAOMI:
I am so sorry Char, I got so caught up in my own things I completely spaced.

 

CHARLIE:
What things?

 

NAOMI:
What?

 

CHARLIE:
What “things” did you get caught up in, Naomi?

 

ADDICTION:
Lie.

 

NAOMI:
Oh, it was just a chatty client. A bride! They never shut up.

 

CHARLIE:
I thought you said you were running errands?

 

ADDICTION:
Get defensive. How dare he not believe you!

 

NAOMI:
Well I meant I was with a client. I misspoke, I apologize. Geez, any more questions Mr. Officer? It won’t happen again, I promise.

 

CHARLIE:
Forgetting your one and only daughter? [Sarcastically] Yea, that’s a promise I’ve always wanted to hear come out of your mouth.

 

NAOMI:
[Rolls eyes] What do you want to eat?

 

CHARLIE:
[Sits down on the couch] I guess we’re done talking about this now.

 

NAOMI:
What else do you want me to say Charlie? I’m sorry. I got caught up, this client wouldn’t leave, and I forgot. I’m only human.

 

CHARLIE:
It’s bad enough that you forgot your own daughter, but on top of that you know I can’t afford to get calls like this and leave work right now. I need to be there.

 

NAOMI:
Trust me, I know. It’s all you ever talk about these days.

 

CHARLIE:
What is your problem? You have this attitude. Why can’t you just be happy for me?

 

NAOMI:
[Laughs] You’d like that wouldn’t you. It’s all about Charlie. Well since it’s all about you why don’t I go play the perfect housewife and make your dinner, since that’s all you want me to do.

 

CHARLIE:
Forget it, I’m not hungry. [Standing] I’m going back to the office.

 

NAOMI:
Fine.

 

CHARLIE:
Fine.

 

[Charlie puts his coat on and storms out of the house. Naomi sits down on the couch and sighs, frustrated. She starts tapping her foot, realizes what she’s doing and stands.]

 

NAOMI:
Ugh, what is wrong with me.

 

ADDICTION:
[Still from its chair] It’s time for another fix. Don’t pretend you don’t know.

 

NAOMI:
[Not looking at Addiction] I can’t, not with Lily here.

 

ADDICTION:
She won’t know the difference. You’ll be fine. Do it. You know it’ll only get worse if you don’t.

 

NAOMI:
[Pacing] I can’t. I can’t, I can’t. It’s not right.

 

ADDICTION:
[Standing] You want it so badly. You can’t stop now. Give in. Do it.

 

[Naomi stops pacing. She turns around and stares at Addiction for a moment, not speaking. She turns back around.]

 

NAOMI:
[Whispering] I need it.

 

[Slowly exits stage. Lights go black.]

 


SCENE 6

[Charlie comes home from work. It’s after dinner time. He enters the house to find Sarah, Naomi’s sister and business partner, sitting on the living room couch. Charlie looks confused as he walks over to her and sits next to her.]

 

CHARLIE:
Sarah, what’s going on? The office said you called, is everything okay?

 

SARAH:
Where’s Naomi?

CHARLIE:
[Confused] What do you mean? She’s working today… With you?

 

SARAH:
No, she’s not.

 

CHARLIE:
What are you talking about?

 

SARAH:
Charlie, Naomi hasn’t been to work once in the last two weeks.

 

CHARLIE:
That can’t be right. She hasn’t been here… What the hell is going on?

 

SARAH:
She called me this morning and asked me to pick up Lily from daycare after work today. She said she was going to meet me here, that you and her had plans or something? I don’t know, she was talking so fast on the phone. I’ve been here for an hour and she’s not answering her phone, so I called your office to see if you were there.

 

CHARLIE:
Oh my God…

 

SARAH:
Charlie, is everything okay with her? I’m really worried… What if…

 

CHARLIE:
[Standing] Don’t say it. Don’t you dare say it. This is not happening again.

 

SARAH:
This is all too familiar, I think we both know. If she is using again—

 

CHARLIE:
She wouldn’t do this again! Not to me. Not to Lily.

 

SARAH:
I should have done something sooner. I knew something was wrong when she stopped coming to work. All those excuses… I just let them go. I even listened when she told me not to tell you. Charlie, I’m so sorry.

 

CHARLIE:
It’s not your fault. She’s your sister, I know you only wanted to help her.

 

SARAH:
We have to find her. She could be in trouble right now.

 

CHARLIE:
She could be anywhere right now. She could be with anyone!

 

SARAH:
[Standing] Do you have any idea at all where she could be?

 

CHARLIE:
Not a clue. But I have to look for her.

 

SARAH:
I’ll come with you. Let’s go, we’ll drop Lily off at my mom’s house. I’ll drive, you start making phone calls. Charlie… [Walking over to him] She’s gonna be okay.

 

[Sarah briefly squeezes Charlie’s hand, and then the two exit the stage together. Lights fade.]

 

SCENE 7

[It’s late at night. Sarah and Charlie come into the house after no luck finding Naomi. When they enter, they see Naomi laying on the couch. They rush over to her. Addiction is in the arm chair next to the couch. Neither Sarah nor Charlie acknowledge it.]

 

CHARLIE:
[Kneeling next to her] Naomi!

 

SARAH:
[Standing behind Charlie] Oh, my God. Naomi, where have you been? Are you okay?
[Naomi wakes up in a medicated state. She’s been using. She sits up, pushing Charlie away from her and rubbing her eyes.]

 

NAOMI:
[Annoyed and groggy] My God, stop yelling. I’m fine.

 

CHARLIE:
Fine? Naomi we’ve been worried sick about you. Where the hell have you been?

 

NAOMI:
I was just with some friends, relax. Can’t a girl take a day off?

 

SARAH:
A day? Naomi you haven’t been to work in weeks. What’s going on with you?

 

NAOMI:
I’ve just been busy. Geez, why are you so uptight all of a sudden? You didn’t care when I stopped coming to work.

 

CHARLIE:
Are you high right now? [Charlie grabs her arm and pulls up her sleeve, seeing fresh marks from a needle.] Oh, my God. You are. You’re high. How long has this been going on?
[Addiction stands up.]

 

ADDICTION:
Lie. It’s just a slip. You need me, they can’t know the truth.

 

NAOMI:
[Pulling her arm away] I’m fine, okay? It was just a slip. Just let me sleep and I’ll be okay tomorrow. I’ll go back to work and everything will be fine.

 

CHARLIE:
[Standing] There’s no way in hell you’re going back to work. You promised this wouldn’t happen again. You promised me. What’s wrong with you?

 

ADDICTION:
Get angry. He’s overreacting.

 

NAOMI:
I’m just a person okay? Nothing’s wrong with me. Can’t a person make a mistake?

 

ADDICTION:
That’s right. There’s nothing wrong with you.

 

SARAH:
You’ve been lying for weeks Naomi. I should have seen it earlier. Clearly this isn’t just a slip-up. You need help.

 

ADDICTION:

Here comes the perfect sister again. You don’t need her either.

 

NAOMI:
Oh, here we go. The golden child comes in to preach to the disappointment child. Bet you already called mom.

 

SARAH:
I had to, someone had to watch Lily. You sure as hell can’t be around her right now!

 

ADDICTION:
You know you’re a good mother. Don’t listen to her.

 

NAOMI:
[Standing, wobbly] I can take care of my own daughter. I’m a damn good mother!

 

CHARLIE:
When you’re sober! But you’re not. You’re a mess. You need help. You need rehab.

 

ADDICTION:
Rehab? Please, been there, done that. [Getting up and talking right into her ear harshly.] No one can help you. You don’t want that. You want me. You’re nothing without me.

 

NAOMI:

[Addressing Addiction, but looking straight ahead and yelling] Will you just leave me alone?! Get out of my head, just go!

 

[Naomi sits back down on the couch and puts her head in her hands, covering her ears. Charlie and Sarah look at each other.]

 

CHARLIE:
Naomi, who are you talking to?

 

NAOMI:
[Sobbing now] It won’t leave me alone.

 

SARAH:
What? Who won’t leave you alone?

 

NAOMI:
It just keeps torturing me. That voice… I can’t get it out of my head. Why won’t it get out of my head?

 

ADDICTION:
You’ll never get rid of me. I’m here forever, and you’re nothing.

 

NAOMI:
[Yelling and sobbing] Stop! Just stop it!

 

ADDICTION:
No.

 

CHARLIE:
[Putting a hand on Naomi’s shoulder] Naomi, let us help you!

 

NAOMI:
[Pushing Charlie’s hand away and turning towards him] Just leave me alone! All of you, I don’t want any of you here. Just go away!

 

ADDICTION:
That’s right. Send them all away. They’re going to leave you anyway.

 

NAOMI:
[Still sobbing] I don’t need any of you. I hate you, just leave.

 

CHARLIE:
We’re not leavin—

 

NAOMI:
[Standing] Go!

 

Sarah:
No! It’s okay, Naomi. You don’t have to go to rehab. Just come stay with me, I can help you.

 

CHARLIE:
What?

 

ADDICTION:
[Laughs, sarcastically] Yea, there’s an idea.

 

NAOMI:
I don’t want your help. I don’t need you, stop trying to help me!

 

SARAH:
Come on, Naomi—

 

NAOMI:
Stop!

 

SARAH:
Fine! This was your last chance Naomi, just remember that. [Sarah storms out]

 

NAOMI:
[To Charlie] You too, go! I don’t want you here. I’m done.

 

CHARLIE:
You don’t mean that.

 

NAOMI:
Yes, I do. I don’t want you.

 

CHARLIE:
Don’t do this to me again… I can’t handle this again.

 

NAOMI:
Then leave.

 

CHARLIE:
[Pauses and looks at her, then quietly] Fine. [He gets up and walks towards the door, stopping and looking back at Naomi, who has her face in her hands.] Just remember, when you’re all alone, that I tried, over and over. I really tried. Goodbye, Naomi.

 

[Addiction sits down next to Naomi, putting its hand on her shoulder while she cries.]

 

ADDICTION:
It’s just you and me now.

 

[Naomi is still crying, refusing to look at Addiction]

 

ADDICTION:
Once an addict, always an addict.

 

[Lights fade to black.]

 


THE END