Addiction is not a disease. Imagine, rather, that addiction was an example of how craving and attachment can go wrong in our lives. Imagine addiction was nothing but a poor attempt to solve a problem in our lives. Imagine if there were ways of solving this problem that didn’t mean feeling guilt or shame, needing to be punished or being judged by others for “being an addict”. Imagine if the solution to addiction lay in understanding the problem we have been trying to solve through soothing ourselves with substances or compulsive behaviours. Recovery from addiction is not only about abstinence. It involves a therapy process that equips us to better understand the pain we are attempting to anaesthetise through our addictions.
“The question is never “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?”– Gabor Mate