Self-medication, or medication in general, was never meant to cure any pain. Only to manage it so you can do what you need to deal with the source. The anesthesiologist can successfully knock you out, but the surgeon still has a job to do. A job he can’t do if you are still writhing around in pain on the table.
In life, we have different kinds of pain to deal with. Physical, mental, emotional, medical, spiritual, etc. Medicating helps only to lower the pain, but it isn’t a cure. The problem is we tend to only medicate. We never try to deal with the cause. We avoid it, as long as we can medicate the pain away. That leads to addiction, self-destruction, and that downward spiral.
As we all know, getting clean isn’t just about ending the self-medicating. Its also about dealing with shit we didn’t really want to. Which is much more challenging.
For those of you staying clean, I am so proud of your determined bravery. You choose every day to fight the demons that so many hide in fear from. Every day, love wins. I love you for that.