Suffering and Alcohol Addiction

In the last blog post, I mentioned maladaptive means of coping with alienation from God.  This so-called “second level” of human suffering is integral to any hopeful analysis of suffering, because it’s precisely the level at which we have the responsibility and capability to effect change in our personal situation.   In terms of the suffering that comes as a result of alcohol or drug addiction, the actual use of alcohol or mind-altering substance is the symptom of a more deeply rooted problem.  This problem is rooted in a mindless captivity to dysfunctional thought patterns, which lead to … [Read more...]