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Why Desperation Can Be a Gift for People Recovering From Addictions

DeAnna Jordan, New Method Wellness clinical director, shares her thoughts on the gift of depression. Rarely do we see the words “gift” and “desperation” in the same sentence. Desperation has a negative connotation – and rightly so; the term describes feelings of pain and longing. But for people on the road to recovery from addiction, “don’t forget the gift of desperation” is among the many catchy slogans used to simplify the sometimes-inexplicable process of getting sober. (Others include phrases like “expect miracles,” “faith without works is dead” and “we are only as sick as our secrets.”)