Q. As a former drug and alcohol counselor it seems to me that people have very different reasons for alcoholism. Can Michael comment on the various reasons people drink? In other words do different soul ages and overleaves effect the reasons for drinking problems? How about body types?
A: That each mechanism has the inherent capability of becoming an addict is true. For it is a simple matter of triggering those enzymes and neurotransmitters which then do retain the pattern of pleasure and so issue the “command” to the body to induce the feelings again.
However, most would not respond to the body’s call to trigger again those patterns for essence would override the physical body’s desire.
That one gives in to the physical body’s demand is due to many reasons from abrading overleaves to poor choices to fear. We would say that the primary reason for addiction of any sort is fear. For fear creates a barrier that many would rather not breach. Therefore, do they seek those pleasures most easily obtained. If that is alcohol, then that is what they will indulge in. If it is food, then that is what is sought.
That a chief feature of self-destruction will also use addictions to fulfill itself, is true. However, not all who become addicts have that chief feature.
We do not see a predilection of body type or overleaves or even role that seeks out addiction. Rather is it usually a culmination of poor choices that will start one on the path towards addiction. If the fears are strong and the addiction path seemingly “easy” to follow, then will the person continue with those choices that allow them to remain in the stupor offered by remaining addicted to their drug of choice.
Addictions are primarily mental—achieved through thought. That the physical body can also become addicted, is true. But the primary addiction is within the thought pattern. The loop of thought that allows one to remain within their stupor must be broken and a new thought pattern must replace it.
That this can be forced upon someone is true, however, doing so only creates an imbalance between the addict and the person who would try and rescue them. Freeing the body from the addiction without first freeing the mind (changing the thought pattern) will not be a lasting change. For it is the thought pattern that must change first. Once that changes, will the body follow.
Few addictions involve just the body, although there are a few. However, most would occur because the body is unable to take the “cure” that would free it from the physical dependency, even though the mind has changed the way in which it perceives the “drug”. This then becomes a physical addiction only, and holds no karma of any kind.
For all addictions (except that already mentioned) do create karma—imbalance. That most are self-karmas occurring through the addict’s own inability or refusal to overcome the fear that keeps them addicted, is true. Although some can be both self-karmas and shared karmas. For if one is forced into becoming physically addicted against their will, are their choices then abrogated and an imbalance created. If, however, they do not face their fears and overcome the physical addiction (fear of the pain of withdrawal is the most common roadblock, although some do find that the addiction is more pleasant than the life to be faced if they do break free, so do they decide to remain), then do they face self-karma. For they are now creating in themselves an imbalance through their unwillingness to face their fears.
Even when forced into an addiction, do some stay for they create in themselves a fear of returning to “normal”. They fear that others will think them weak, and being unwilling to face that will they remain with the addiction. They fear that are no longer “good” since they gave in to this addiction (whatever it was), or that God will no longer love them, or their family will no longer love them, or a thousand other fears that they create for themselves. This then, is how they convince themselves that staying on the drug (or alcohol or overeating or other substance) is the best path.
This then becomes their mantra and their belief, and they are unable to find a way out of the loop after a while.
To break the addiction, must one first determine what the fear is, then help the addict replace the fear with something more positive, more loving. This will work, only if the addict is willing to overcome their fear, however.