Desperation Fuels Addiction

Early stage drug abuse may be a result of self medicating in order to avoid psychological distress. But late stage addiction can cause a state of intense distress and desperation. Desperation will drive someone who is dependent upon opiates to act against their moral code, in order to maintain their habit, or for fear of withdrawal. And they may experience desperation when  they have exhausted all their resources and when they are forced to account for their actions.

Discussion Guide:

Does addiction cause you to feel desperate at times? How? Why?

Does desperation change the way you think, and change your priorities?

If you didn’t feel desperate, what would be different?

How have you justified your addiction in the past?

Drug abuse is attempting to fill a void. A person who is addicted to drugs has ‘surface reasons’ and ‘core reasons’ for drug use. Is there a core problem underlying your addiction that needs to be filled or healed?

Now that you are in recovery, do you still feel desperate? Do you still feel a void?

What healthy things do you do to fill a void?


Credit and appreciation is given to author, Jason M. S. for his article “Desperation”. However, his identification is withheld for purposes of confidentiality.