Do you ask yourself the questions, 'what is alcoholism or what is drug addiction really?' because you really want to understand the nature of addiction?

So if you are one of those people, hopefully I can help. Now you need to understand that alcoholism and drug addiction can be quite complex to get a handle on.

To really understand them in depth, you would need to know the causes of alcoholism and drug addiction, whether drug addiction and alcoholism is a disease, is drug addiction and alcoholism hereditary and so on.

It helps to know all that, but I want to take it all a step further back - deeper if you like, so that you really get it.

Having an alcoholic or drug addict parent who has passed down the addiction gene to you may increase your chances of going the same way, or you may simply find the stresses of life getting you down so alcohol or drugs have become your comfort, but there is still fundamentally a deeper reason at play.

An emptiness and lack of wholeness are what I believe are the underlying reasons you use drugs or alcohol. I know the feeling because I've been there. You wonder what your purpose is, you feel disconnected from people - from life.

MD, Andrew Weil, explains it excellently in his book, called Natural Health, Natural Medicine. He says that addiction is NOT a pharmacological or psychological problem and cannot be solved by these methods. Rather, it is he says, a Spiritual concern at root, because it represents a misdirected attempt to experience completeness, inner satisfaction and wholeness.

So if you really question, what is alcoholism and what is drug addiction? Know that they are in essence a Spiritual 'problem' first and foremost. And by keeping that in mind you will go a long way to overcoming them successfully.

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