Obsession: The injustices and the suffering in their lives Compulsion: Complaining about various burdens "Some people are only happy when they’re unhappy." Have you ever heard this saying before? Maybe you have come across someone claiming they’re hooked on complaining. This is known as misery addiction, and you can find it anywhere. Individuals living with misery addiction tend to focus on the bad things in their life. They dwell on burdens and the many ways the world wrongs them. It may be hard for the sufferer to understand that there are positive things to see, too. The Maui Recovery team understands misery/martyrdom addiction and addresses the underlying issues so clients can move past their negative behavior patterns.