Addictions are medicine.  Something inside us feels bad.  Rarely is this physical.  Addictions actually hurt the body and cause it to react negatively.  Addictions are medicine for emotions, fear, sadness, loneliness, despair, anxiety, and hopelessness to name a few.  Using the addictive substance or activity alleviates those feelings momentarily.  It puts us into a physical state where we can’t feel them so we get a respite.

However, the addiction never solves the issue of why we feel the way we do.  It doesn’t heal the family dynamic, doesn’t get us a better job, doesn’t find our soulmate or keep them.  It doesn’t change anything except our physical being for a finite amount of time.  And in most cases is less and less effective over time so we need more and more just to get the same temporary effect.  And if we keep up the practice eventually the damage to our bodies is permanent and the addiction becomes the issue.   So while drugs can seem like an escape from a dysfunctional family and longterm abuse of large amounts of drugs can force your family, your friends, and anyone that knows you away from you, I don’t recommend it as a solution to your family issues.  It seems a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

The only healthy way to deal with difficult emotions is to deal with them.  Don’t blame yourself for having them or try to escape them.  See them as instructions that can tell you where things are not healthy or supportive in your life.  Those areas are where you will get the best return for putting in efforts to make change.  Your soul book in the Akashics can give you advice on what changes are possible and what changes will work best in the short, medium, and long term. Because your Soul Book is really you and, to be honest, you most definitely know best.