Part of being human is finding ways to soothe ourselves when we are in pain. Sometimes, if the pain is too big and we haven't had the support we need to learn healthy ways of soothing ourselves, we end up choosing methods that harm us in the long run. Things like alcohol, drugs, gambling, unsafe relationships, self harm, and more.
Addiction is not a moral failing and it does not have to be a life sentence. When addiction is approached with loving-kindness, harm reduction, effective treatment, and support to build a safe and meaningful life, people find healing!
"For a hundred years we have been singing war songs about addicts. All along, we should have been singing love songs to them."