Why drugs act like crutches do
If it is not giving you something, why would you use it? Often times, people consume things because it is giving them something worthwhile, at least in their view. Unfortunately, our consumerism society has reached a point of critical mass by which we are literally depleting the planet of her natural resources. This is very impressive, because we have done this in a relativity very short time lapse of approximately 100 years. Our age and time is then one of decadence, in which there has been a great decay of nobility, virtue, ethics and spirituality, and a great increase in consumerism and technology. As you may have noticed, these things are polar opposites, and it is when we can integrate both and find the middle path in which we can experience grace on an individual and collective level. It is for example unrealistic to restrain yourself too much from mundane things like food, sex etc since we need these things to guarantee our biological continuity, but it is often also highly impractical and not conducive to your spiritual growth when you indulge yourself too much in food, sex, money etc. Religions and mythologies across all borders have pointed out similar universal principles in their own fashions. Some of them more restraining then others, but always implying that self-indulgence is the great sin, and not contributing to personal growth and happiness, but instead suffering. There is really no good or wrong here, but depending upon your personal goals and life plans, the following insights might help you achieve them more effectively. Personally, I am a recreational drug user for the sheer joy of stimulating my senses, simply enjoying life and kind of prone to overusing it, haha… Hence, the reason why I have given it much thought, to balance my own chaotic tendencies and to help others along the way! In moderation, I think drugs and other sensual experiences like exotic foods, good sex and adventurous travels are fulfilling a great deal of stimulation for me and it helps me to feel alive and to enjoy the journey while I am here. So it really depends upon your underlying emotions and needs, as long as it really makes you happy; there are no black and white rules for this stuff, since you are the only one who can define your happiness. However, not knowing your deepest emotional thrives, can cause very unpleasant and unaware addictions, habits, co-dependencies and, therefore, suffering and an obstacle for achieving your potential. I don’t think anyone really enjoys pain, and addictions, co-dependencies, unhealthy habits, are all causing pain. It is very different to be a recreational drug user or hedonistic pleaser, then it is to trying to fill up an empty space out of greed, or out of escapism. The difference is subtle though, and, therefore, we call it the middle path.
There are many reasons why people use drugs, but one underlying pattern to note is that drugs act like a crutch does. It gives you something to lean on after a long day of hard work or worry, something to exchange your misery with, to take the edge off, to numb your pain or to simply seek pleasure and stimulation. Whatever your reasons or underlying emotional thrives are, one way or another, drugs act like crutches do, they can help us to experience something which was already inherent in us, like helping us to re-member how to walk. A substance can temporarily shut off chemical imbalances or energy blocks in our body or being, so that we can get a taste of ecstasy or bliss. The drug or crutch is then supporting you to find something which was already their. It helps you to lean unto something external, to eventually internalize it and dispose the crutch, teacher, relationship or drug. This is often what people realise in co-dependent relationships, is that they have always been using something external to substitute an internal part of themselves. For example, wo-men often seek security with men, and men often seek emotional understanding with wo-men. Because it is a substitute, you won’t find long lasting happiness and fulfilment, and this is why suffering is still their. It is, for example, only when you come to love thyself, that you can truly be in a long lasting and fulfilling relationship with a significant other. The purpose of the external vehicle then, so to speak, is to literally serve as a crutch for you, so that you can lean on it, until you feel confident you can do without it.
Recognise the crutch in whatever you feel depended upon, work on being self-sufficient with whatever is lacking in your being and you can start disposing the crutch and be free of support.
All the best,