My wife has known about Dr. Gabor Maté for a while but I am just getting into his stuff. A friend shared this click with me and it’s incredibly profound. His statement that he doesn’t ask why the addiction but, “Why the pain?”
He goes on to note that we are trying to run away from pain by numbing ourselves but the answer is to be with the pain. The thing is, we can only be in the pain when we are surrounded by compassion.
From a faith perspective this is so powerful because Jesus is truly empathetic having known and borne our pain and he is also compassion incarnate.
Please take a few minutes and hear what he has to say. It could change your life or the life of someone you love.