The Disease of Addiction and Desperation

Drugs and Desperation

Addiction is a disease that has no known cure. It can manifest in any body regardless of religion, race or creed. It hits no specific age group- it can attack the strongest and most powerful people without warning. An addiction starts by experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Some people experiment and have no repercussions. Others find it hard to stop.

Those who find it hard to stop eventually become physically dependent on the substance and the mind and soul becomes dependent as well. When someone is physically dependent he or she will do anything to get the desired high. A person who is addicted is desperate for the drugs and alcohol- nothing will stand in the way of getting them. This can come with many consequences because drugs and alcohol will take you down a path you never imagined.

Desperation and The Law

When people are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, nothing is going to stop them from getting high. They will go to any lengths to get the euphoric feeling they so crave. This can mean trouble for some. It is possible your addiction will take you so low you will do almost anything, including getting in trouble with the law.

The expenses of drugs and alcohol add up. You will run out of money with no means to get more. However, you need more, you crave more and you will do anything to get more. Whatever it takes to get a needle in your arm.

You remember going to your neighbor’s house and seeing the brand new flat screen television they just got and know how much you can sell it for. The thought crosses your mind to go and take it but you know your dealer will front you.

You call your dealer and he says, “find a way to get the money I am done giving this stuff for free.” Your heart drops and rage takes over. You wait till the sun goes down and you call a friend that you know has stolen something before.

You and this “friend” have a pact. You split the money you get from stealing the television and both go your separate ways when you are done. You feel your heart pounding out of your chest, questioning yourself, not knowing if you really want to do this. But the pain of withdrawal is so strong you feel no remorse.

As you are sweating, shaking of fear, you enter the house. Your friend sneezes and your neighbors run down stairs. Everything happen so fast you didn’t know what to do- so you run. You see the shining lights of the cop cars and here a deputy yelling at you to stop running. You don’t listen but they eventually catch up to you and next thing you know you are in the back of a cop car as a convicted felon.

Desperation took over your mind, body and soul. You would do anything for that drug, that high, the taste, the smell of it, that drug has become your best friend but also your own worst enemy.

Desperation as a Gift of Recovery

Your sitting in the jail cell withdrawals are bad as ever. You are throwing up, shaking, your body aches and you want to die. They call you in for court and you sentenced with 6 months jail time. The first thing that comes to your mind is, “what am I going to do without Heroin.” Weeks go by and you start to feel better without Heroin. Your body doesn’t need it anymore but it is on you mind all day every day.


You come to the point where you realize what your life has come too. You were homeless, starving, robbing homes, stealing cars and lost in a world with no hope. But the hope is coming back. After some clean time, you are now desperate to stay clean.


You start getting involved with a 12-step program just as Lydia did in the video above. Your program is in jail but it is preparing you to get out and live a better life. You become hopeful. You are no longer desperate for drugs, you are desperate to live and be free.

The deputy calls your name and you are being released. You have 6 months clean and feel better than you ever have. You are putting your recovery first and everything is following. You have your own apartment, bought a dog and are working a job in recovery. You remember what it is like to be happy and smile. Life has never been better and it all started with desperation. The desperation for drugs turned into a desperation to live. You are living a life you never thought was possible- thanks to the gift of desperation.


  1. Desperation you say excuse my language but fuck the hook line and sinker I love herion I love drugs I want them all the time my life is so fucked I’m in love with my best friend and I’m killing him I’m so depressed it’s beyond real I’m so tired of Drs I’m on straight medical is there any help fore I can’t detox cold turkey I’ll kill myself I want to be desperate to live life to function to be loved for me

  2. Depression can affect a persons’ ability to think properly. If a depressed person is introduced to drugs, it can easily manifest itself to them, thus making them more dependent to drugs. We need to understand that most drug addicts are victims of maltreatment not our society but in their own home.

  3. These are great diseases which can only be cured if the victims see it as diseases and also note that they need help. Thanks for this insight.

  4. I think the law needs to be more lenient on people suffering desperation due to addiction. Most of the times they are driven to do what they do because they are overwhelmed with their addiction.

  5. Withdrawal symptoms more often than not are what drive people to desperation. Consequently they may resort to stealing or robbing which usually end with them being jailed.

  6. For some people, it is the desperation that eventually pushes them to recovery. So in a way, the desperation can be a good turning point.

  7. The article is legit more than eye opening. It really paints a clear picture of how desperation can drive addicts into a dangerous downward spiral.

  8. Once your body and soul become dependent on a drug, you have practically been enslaved by the drug. It is such a time that an intervention or rehab is more than needed.

  9. Being an addict and being on your very last dollar isn’t something I’d wish on anyone. That is the very rock bottom and it can make someone do unthinkable stuff just to get that next hit.

  10. Despiration is depend on you as abusing,to Faith with your emotion and trying to leave everything about that,but if that not come from your heart to sobber it Will be difficult

  11. The society as a whole needs to recognize addiction as a disease and treat those affected with compassion. Many times they are judged and blamed for their situation.

  12. Desperation is how you use it. At one hand it goes hand to hand with drugs the next it can facilitate change. At the end of the day it is about mental outlook. Desperation is an emotion how we act it out and utilize it is up to us.

  13. I have come to realize that some people are more susceptible to addiction more than others. It could actually be a genetic thing and therefore beyond the addict’s control. This is just a theory though.

  14. Indeed, addiction has no age, race or gender. Anyone can fall victim to it. As such, we need to be more accommodating and understanding of those affected.

  15. Thank you for recommending the 12-step program at the end of your write-up. That’s a glimmer of hope for anyone who thinks they are too far gone to be redeemed.

  16. Addiction has never done well for anybody. It is your mind that can control you , nobody else. Work on trying to improve yourself. If you got addicted, then seek help professionally and spiritually. Many people have been to addiction yet they have changed and made their lives better,

  17. It’s time the government revamped its efforts to help tackle the issue of ever increasing cases of addiction among young people. The situation is rapidly getting out of hand.

  18. Addiction is a very bad habit, People should understand that addiction of drugs is very harmful for their body, Atleast they should think about their families before addicted with anything.

  19. Thank you for sharing these stories with us. It’s definitely something to learn from especially that I can gain and understand perspective of addiction is. The stories and topics that you share are always informative and inspiring. Keep up the good work!

  20. Desperation is defined as a loss of hope, or a great need that can make you act irrationally. When you are absolutely starving and you steal a loaf of bread because you are feeling so hungry, I want to be desperate to live life to function to be amazing for me.

  21. Thanks for opening more eyes as regards desperation and addiction. Little wonder, many didn’t know that addiction is actually a disease.

  22. Addiction is a silent killer, you can do anything when you are desperate even to the extent of killing to get what you want. After you are sober and free from heroin addiction you then realize that everything you have done before was so not worth it. It is good to be free and happy.

  23. Addictions are real, and any one can fall victim, notwithstanding one’s age or race. It is always better to seek for professional help. Thanks for this piece

  24. This is an interesting piece on the phases most addict go through. I hope many can see this and understand that addiction doesn’t necessarily have to destroy them.

  25. Wow, being an addict and also desperate could really be a dangerous thing. But it is amazing how that desperation to keep on taking drugs turned out to be desperation to keep clean, staying alive and trying to live a good life.

  26. Never read an article more true than this. It’s safe not to get addicted than get hooked and start looking for a way out.

  27. A lot happens when one is experiencing withdrawal symtomps. It is something family and friends should take serious and help out.

  28. People who find it hard to stop eventually become physically dependent on the substance, making them spend even their last penny to get the substance. This is very dangerous and disheartening.

  29. Finding it difficult to come clean is a disease and you tend become desperate to get the substance by all means. Addiction whatsoever is bad and should be taken seriously

  30. Well, desperation can be a good thing. As a drug addict, if you suddenly have this eureka moment when you realize you are wasting away and you decide to change your ways, being desperate for a change can make you do things that will enable you overcome addiction. At the end of the day, staying clean is what matters

  31. Depression leads to a lot of unimaginable pain and stress, this which can lead to drug or alcohol addiction.good article glad I came across this.

  32. Withdrawal symptoms can cause a lots in one’s life. This is something we should be serious about. Educative information that’s worth sharing.

  33. Addicted are common around us, without exception of any age range. Only a professional advice can help one out of the mess. Let take good care of our lives.

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