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What Does Despair Have to Do with Addiction and How to Fight Back?

When people think about addiction, they don’t often think about the hidden emotions behind why people use drugs or substances. They just think the person uses them for fun or recreation. They think they are using them because they want to do so. In fact, the brain and body become addicted and desire drugs so much. Despair has something to do with why some people use drugs or drink. Rising awareness of the risk people take with opioids has led to an understanding that some communities feel there is little hope for healing in light of the opioid crisis, especially. When we know what brings on despair, we may be able to tackle addiction more broadly and help communities find hope again.

Truth About Despair

Despair causes people to act irrationally and illogically. Many people may know the dangers of drugs, but when they feel there is no way out, they may turn to what is safest for them. If there is a lot of drug use in the family history or background, that may trigger use for others. When there is a lot happening in the community at large, it may be hard to avoid using drugs to cope. It is not impossible to think people come out of these situations and not use drugs. However, family, community, and use by friends all impact a person’s path when they are trying to stay clean. If they get clean, they may find others around them wander in despair because they feel they have lost hope to get better. There is still a stigma around addiction and people with addiction, as well as a sense that people can do something quite easily about it. Going to treatment is not a cure. It is not a quick fix. Without support, people can slip away and have a hard time coming back around. 

Finding a Solution

For people who struggle with addiction, the first step in recovery is through drug treatment. Letting go of despair to find hope again requires taking that next step to victory. Once in treatment, there can be remedies for despair like medication, therapeutic intervention, and others. A person can learn how to handle their feelings without drug use. Where there is extreme poverty, this is hard as they may not see a way out of that situation. Many factors go into treating people who struggle with addiction. If they can find the right treatment facility, they can often find hope again. Despair does not exist for people only in poverty. It exists for people who have money, who are executives, CEOs, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and anyone who feels trapped by addiction. 

What people need is an encouragement. Despair is not a disorder in the DSM, but it is a serious issue that can be addressed as a mental health concern. Along the way, people can be there to support the journey of healing and begin to find hope for better days ahead.

The Guest House is based on a Therapeutic Communty model. We help people learn how to live free of addiction. Our community support provides structure while trained counselors offer life skills training and therapeutic techniques to help you move past addiction. Our program provides special focus for professionals including chiropractors, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and more who need help with addiction recovery. Call us to find out more: 855-483-7800.