All addictive processes represent an effort to control feelings.
Even more than that, they represent an effort to keep life itself under control.
Addicts are hooked on things being one certain way (the way they “should” be), and are unable to just let things “be” to take their natural course.
Addiction is a response to resisting life’s natural course, and consistently wanting things to be better, or at least different than they are now. In that way, addiction represents a spiritual and emotional hunger, cutting us off from others who might be able to help. Continue reading