Do People Use Drugs and Alcohol To Fill A Void?

Updated: Aug 7


Have you ever heard someone talking about using drugs or alcohol to fill a void inside? Maybe you've even thought that about yourself, or about a loved one who has a drug or alcohol problem.


I get the impression, when people talk using drugs to fill a void, that they think somehow people who are predisposed to addiction have this void inside and that “normal” people don’t have this void. Therefore, when they start using drugs or alcohol, they turn into addicts or alcoholics because they need the drugs to fill their void.


My thinking on this topic is a bit different. I think we all have the feeling of a missing piece. In fact, I think we’re meant to feel that way.



Sure, it's a little bit of an uncomfortable feeling, but that uncomfortable feeling

is designed to help push us towards our greatness, towards our genius,

towards our contribution in the world. It's what keeps us trying harder and going after the next thing, or finding our passion.


Yes, it's true, that drugs and alcohol can make that feeling go away. But trying to fix it that way creates a big problem! If you’re using drugs and alcohol to make that feeling go away, you start focusing all your energy seeking out substances just to keep that feeling at bay.


Which means, there's no time or energy or mental capacity to put towards filling that void

with other things, like going out there and living your best life or fulfilling your potential.

I believe that each of us inherently have a unique set of skills gifts and talents. I like

to call it your genius. We all have some some natural gifts and talents and those get molded by our life experiences, which creates a special type of genius that's unique to each of us!


There is something that you have to offer to the world that no one else can offer. If you're spending your life chasing and pursuing the next high, or the next drink, or even

just trying to relax, you’re putting a cork inside of the very thing that's

designed to push you toward your greatness! Using drugs and alcohol to fill the void means closing the door on the very thing that’s trying to motivate you to go out there and fulfill your dreams and contribute your unique gifts to society.


A friend of mine named Leon (he’s got a YouTube channel called SoberLeon) made

this video recently where he talked about 10 very rich and successful people who are completely sober. I'm going to tell you the top 3 people on his list. These people made a conscious decision not to use drugs and alcohol, because they knew it would keep them

from reaching their dreams and their potential.


The top 3 people on Leon’s list were:

John D Rockefeller,

Warren Buffett, and

Donald Trump.


Now I’m not saying I’m a fan of these all these people, but there's no arguing that they've had a big impact on the world. They've gone out there and done some incredible things.


It's impossible to live to your fullest potential if you're spending all your time, energy, and resources chasing a substance.

So, for those of you who feel like you can't find recovery because you have this brokenness/emptiness inside, it’s time to rethink the situation. This emptiness is exactly

why you CAN FIND RECOVERY! This emptiness is exactly why you should find recovery.


There are other ways to find the completeness you’re seeking. When you go out there and you start contributing your genius, you’ll find your best life! That empty feeling is going to feel so much better, and best of all, it stays feeling better.


Drugs and alcohol only satisfy it for a very short period of time, which means you must constantly chase it.


So, stop fearing that emptiness.


There’s a reason for it, and if you don't believe me, I want you to watch these inspirational recovery stories. You're going to hear from people about what happened after they chose to get clean and sober.


I think you'll see exactly what I’m saying.


Amber Hollingsworth








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