I was listening to Dr. Gabor Mate give his explanation of addiction on a youtube video. Gabor stated that “Addiction is a response to human suffering.”
I understand this perspective.
I have heard it said many times in recovery that the drink and drugs are but symptoms of the disease. So it is like sneezing and a runny nose are just but symptoms of a cold. The root is in the germ or bacteria that caused the cold to begin with.
I will speak from my personal truth. I have realized that I took substances to survive what I could not face. There was some trauma in my childhood that led me to see the world in a bit of a distorted way.
Funny thing is…I never called it trauma or traumatic. But for a child and when I look back now with sober clear eyes…it was very traumatic.
So I went through life unequipped with the knowledge of how to deal with deep emotional problems. Drinking and using drugs were the perfect attempt to escape that suffering.
Today I know that these wounds can be healed. Gods grace guides me there when I am ready and love and forgiveness is where I try to reside.
We are all doing the best we can.