Turning Pain Into Spiritual Growth--
How does one go about turning physical, mental, and emotional pain into a positive force used as an aid to spiritual growth & maturity? This seems to be the premise--backbone--of Alcoholics Anonymous & other twelve step fellowships. What if there were a cure for addiction that came out on the market tomorrow? Like a pill or a series of pills or injections or surgery that allowed the addicted person to resume normal drinking & drugging. (Though who can say with any certainty WHAT "normal" drinking/drugging is?) Would there be a plethora of people trying heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines knowing that if they got hooked, they could just go through the process of curing themselves? I highly doubt that, but would people already hooked--addicted--sign up for this cure? I would imagine so, since the majority of individuals who attempt to quit using AA/NA/other 12-step groups usually fail. I don't know the stats off the top of my head, but more people DON'T recover than DO recover using the 12-steps. And actually that's quite depressing since AA & NA are actually proven to be more effective than any other form of treatment.
Most of us need the pain, the "pitiful & incomprehensible demoralization" that comes along with living a lifestyle addicted to alcohol & other drugs, to transition into a spiritual lifestyle. As the AA Big Book says, "alcohol was the 'great persuader.'"
Take care & keep on keeping on! m//r