Addiction is a powerful thing. It is extremely difficult to escape the grips of addiction unless you hit a certain trigger, and for many people, that trigger is pain. It’s never good to experience the pain of substance abuse, but it is often the catalyst for change, because it can provide focus and the inspiration to finally turn the situation around.
The Road to Recovery
Of course, recovery is far from easy. Most paths, including time-tested 12-step programs, emphasize that the road is long and that cutting yourself off from the substance is only the first step. There is a lot of learning to be achieved, discipline gained, and setbacks experienced along the way before you are finally free from the substance.
One way to ease the journey is to try to examine the root causes of the problem. For many people in this fast-paced world, that might be a spiritual void or lack of meaning. This is a common feeling in a materialistic society, and there are effective ways to cope with it. For example, yoga can provide spiritual benefits as well as physical ones to help you on your way.