Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution. —Russell Brand
For normal person, the issues of addiction seems obvious. The substance is the problem. Get rid of the substance and you resolve the problem. There is some truth in that for the addict.
But an addict knows the deeper truth. The substance isn’t the real problem. The real problem is in us. The problem is our failure to deal with reality as it is.
We simply don’t want to deal with life on life’s terms. So we numb ourselves and avoid reality.
And the deeply seductive truth of addiction? It works. Reality does change. At least it feels different under the influence. So we want more. And more. And more.
We can’t get enough. And we never will.
There are only two options once addiction has someone in it’s grips. The first is that addiction runs it’s natural course. There is only one result that happens when addiction runs its course: death.
The other option is surrender. And when the addict surrenders to reality as it is there is hope.
Recovery is not easy. But with surrender it is possible.