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The Gift of Desperation

Reaching a state of desperation and despair in addiction can be the most painful experience we have ever faced. However, from this point of desperation, we often find the willingness to go to any lengths for victory over drugs and alcohol. The old saying “desperate times call for desperate measures” is true, and the measures we seek in our time of desperation can come in the form of reaching out for the help we need.

The desperation we reach in active addiction is akin to a “dark night of the soul” or “rock bottom” experience. Eckhart Tolle explains, “The ‘dark night of the soul’ is a term that goes back a long time.  Yes, I have also experienced it.  It is a term used to describe what one could call a collapse of a perceived meaning in life…an eruption into your life of a deep sense of meaninglessness.  The inner state in some cases is very close to what is conventionally called depression.  Nothing makes sense anymore, there’s no purpose to anything.” The experience is common among men and women suffering from addiction and often acts as the necessary catalyst to seek help and enter into treatment.

Eckhart Tolle explains that the “dark night of the soul” may result in a regained sense of purpose. He states, “But people have gone into that, and then there is the possibility that you emerge out of that into a transformed state of consciousness.  Life has meaning again, but it’s no longer a conceptual meaning that you can necessarily explain.  Quite often it’s from there that people awaken out of their conceptual sense of reality, which has collapsed.” This point, alternately referred to as a “moment of clarity,” is a spiritual experience that allows us to see, for the first time, how far down the scale our lives have gone as a result of alcohol and drugs. We finally see the need for a major change and the need for sobriety if we are ever to find happiness.

The experience is difficult but ultimately transformative. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “We, in turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proven to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, ‘a design for living’ that really works.” It is through our desperation that we see the need for change and develop the honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness to recovery from our seemingly hopeless state of body and mind.

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431