Understanding What is Drug Addiction and What is Alcoholism

by Carl-Peter

If you are really trying to understand alcoholism and drug addiction, and find yourself asking, ‘what is drug addiction and what is alcoholism?’ hopefully I can help.

With drug addiction and alcoholism being quite complex, if you’re serious about wanting to get a handle on what they are, hopefully what I’m about to share with you will help your understanding.

The kind of things you would need to know to understand them in depth, would include things like whether drug addiction and alcoholism is a disease, the causes of alcoholism and addiction, and the genetic/hereditary impact on addiction and alcoholism.

But lets take it a step further back first and go deeper than that – so that we really get to the heart of the problem.

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.

And I think it’s ultimately an emptiness and lack of wholeness that you feel, which you cover up or try to hide/suppress by using drugs and alcohol. I know – I’ve been there. You feel disconnected to life and question your purpose, which is something I used to do all the time. Still do actually, but it’s not nearly as bad.

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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