There are many ideas about addiction and what it is. Dr. Gabor Mate’ gives a very reasonable explanation of addiction.
When faced with a crisis or adversity, know that you may well find a silver lining from the experience.
Most of the time, the clients I see are in crisis. They are in such emotional pain or chaos that they are seeking help and wanting relief. Sometimes looking back in retrospect, we are fortunate to see that from some of the worst things in life, we experience some of the best things. With maturity and experience we can learn to recognize this when faced with adversity. Know that it is through difficulty, heartache, and sometimes suffering, that we truly grow. We find out so much about ourselves while becoming valuable to others. We develop a new level of empathy and understanding and can help others during their time of need. Although it is almost impossible to welcome hardships, it is unrealistic that you will make it through this life unscathed of such. So, when faced with a crisis or adversity, know that you may well find a silver lining from the experience. Perhaps this awareness will provide the encouragement that allows you to work through the tough times.