I believe that the real solution to drug and alcohol addiction is for the addict or alcoholic to learn how to respect, accept and love themselves. When the individual learns how to change or transform their self image from one that is negative to one that is positive in nature, to alter what they think about their value and worth as a human being, they will come to authentically love themselves. When an individual genuinely comes to love themselves they will not harm or abuse themselves with drugs or alcohol. When an individual learns how to love themselves that will stop and never use drugs or alcohol again. When an individual comes to truly love themselves they will only think, say and do things that are in alignment with their health and well-being. Until we fully understand this and are able to apply it, not much will change in our society with respect to drug and alcohol use, relapse and even death.
Dr. Harry Henshaw