I believe that the true cause of drug and alcohol addiction is a thought which eventually becomes a belief. After this belief is in existence for awhile it becomes our truth. The initial thought is the foundation or source from which drug and alcohol addiction gets created. The initial thought tells us that we are not good enough, that we are not enough, that something is wrong with us, that we are incompetent, inadequate, defective or that something is missing. We use drugs and alcohol to numb the emotional impact of the thought, of the cognition. However, every addiction does start with a thought but a thought can be changed. There is hope but only if we acknowledge that the foundation of addiction lies within our thinking and thought process, especially that which defines our value and worth as a human being.
Dr. Harry Henshaw