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The Spiritual Purpose Behind Addiction

The Spiritual Purpose Behind Addiction

Addiction is defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine as “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.”


Psychology Today describes it as a “spiritual, physical, and emotional” problem, and make no mistake, it is. Addiction is never just about your physical experience. Addiction has a spiritual component. Understanding the spiritual purpose behind addiction is the only way to truly cope with it, and more importantly, work through it, especially if you are affected by it. It doesn’t matter if it is you that is directly affected by it, or if it’s someone you love that is directly affected by it. Everyone touched by it has a clear purpose related to it for learning and growth.


Reason #1: You choose your experiences before you come here.

Before you incarnated into this life, you chose your life lessons. Yes, YOU did. You chose what you were going to experience so that you could learn and grow as a spiritual being so that you could go on to help others.

Drug overdoses and the addiction crisis are at an all time high in our country. Who do you think is going to go on to help others with their addictions? Only people who have experienced it in some capacity can do it best.

You chose addiction as a path for a reason. You chose it to learn from it. To grow into a better human being and a Soul that you can go on to help others. There are other people out there relying on your experiences so they can go on to learn from them and grow as well.

It’s never the case that it’s ALL ABOUT YOU.

If you were on the other side right now – on the spiritual plane, you would be able to very objectively look down at your life like a board game. You would know that there are always choices and paths you can take. There are always multiple options available to you at any given time.

You chose your path for a reason.That simple understanding open up the question as to WHY you might have chosen that. It’s a brand new beginning and a new perception for you to understand that you might have actually chosen the path of addiction.

Then you can ask the next series of questions… Why would I choose this? What did I hope to learn? Where did it begin and why? What pushed me along this path and why?

Just the simple idea that YOU might actually be the one in control of the choice to take this path (and not some random, unseen force) also puts you back in control of taking yourself along a new path, and that can make ALL the difference.

Reason #2: Addiction is about spiritual advancement.

The path of the addiction experience is a powerful one. It has a deep, deep meaning, both as part of the human experience and as an experience for your Soul’s growth.

It pushes you to dig deep into YOU … who you are… who you want to be… to find yourself and your path, and above all, it FORCES you to heal yourself from the inside out.

To get to the core of your personal addiction, you have to dig deep to find out why it’s there in the first place and what led you to become addicted in the first place. Everyone has a history … a story that defines who they are. There is a reason you are where you are now. Digging deep into that story and defining how it pushed you to become who you are is essential to your healing process.

The most important thing you will ever do for yourself is to understand WHO YOU ARE and WHY YOU ARE HERE.

The spiritual path of addiction helps you define your Soul’s path more clearly. It is an OPPORTUNITY to dig deep, look openly and clearly at WHO YOU ARE, and grow immensely as a Soul. It is one of the most difficult paths a Soul can choose.

Only the wisest and strongest of Souls will choose this path because of its potential for growth.

The more difficult the path you have chosen, the bigger your purpose in life. The bigger the negative experiences we have had in our lives, the deeper you have to dig into yourselves to heal. This is how you find out who you really are.

This world has gotten tough and it’s not getting any easier. It’s a call for everyone to dig deeper and be better and BE MORE. To do that, you have to dig into YOU, and do it with no fear. You can’t be afraid to find out who you are and why you chose to come here to experience all that you have.

There is a reason for all that you chose, and a really good one.

Reason #3: Hurting yourself is NOT the answer.

Suicide is defined as “the act of taking one’s own life.” This can be something that you choose to do in one simple act, or that you choose to do slowly over time with many actions designed specifically to hurt yourself beyond repair.

The karmatic repercussions of hurting yourself, instantly or slowly over time, without working to bring yourself back into balance, are VAST. Every time you intentionally choose to hurt yourself by purposely throwing yourself out of balance, or damage yourself beyond repair, you are hurting your Soul. You are taking yourself off your path and down the wrong one. Now don’t get me wrong, there is learning in that experience, regardless of what it looks or feels like for you.

You make choices. Each and every day. You choose to live or you choose to die. You choose to be happy or not. You choose to go to work or not. You choose to connect to people or you choose to be alone. You choose to help others or be selfish. YOU CHOOSE.

There are some days that you’ve just had enough. Everyone has those days. But how do you choose to cope with it?

Do you choose to destroy the life you’ve worked so hard to create and all the good you have done (even if you don’t yet know it) … decide you’re done with it all and step off? Or do you choose to continue to work to create something better for yourself and those you care about … to potentially make something really good out of something that seems so damaged and destroyed?

YOU chose to come here as a Soul … to learn … to grow… to give back and fulfill your purpose.

When you consciously choose NOT to do everything you came here to do, who are you hurting? The answer is simple. Those you came here to serve.

It’s not just about you. It’s about others. It’s about fulfilling the purpose you came here to fulfill. You have a reason for being. Everyone does.Why should those you came here to help not benefit from what it is you came here to do? There are people that need you.

It takes an extremely STRONG person to go through addiction, heal from it, and go on to help others with their own experiences from it. Why should others in the world be shortchanged by NOT benefiting from what you have learned and experienced? Everyone has a basic right to learn and to grow. When you take it upon yourself to shorten your life, you also shortchange others around you.

It’s a call for you to find out who you really are, why you chose the path you did, heal yourself and take what you have learned from the experience to help others. That’s what you are here to do.

It’s NEVER just about YOU. Remember that.


Sallie Keys is an experienced Akashic Records and Intuitive Development Expert, Manifestation Teacher, Transformational Healer & Spiritual Mentor for whom results matter most. She’s fiercely committed to empowering her clients with the ability to heal themselves and to obtain their own crystal clear, accurate spiritual guidance and get in their unique flow of abundance, so they can live the life of their dreams now.

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