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Why Do We Seek Solace in Mind-Altering Substances?

Unraveling the Labyrinth of Substance Use


A growing number of individuals are turning to various intoxicating substances. It often starts innocently, but over time, many escalate to more potent substances (such as the opioid epidemic in the United States vividly illustrates) or opt for less powerful but habitual choices. Why do we seek solace in mind-alternating substances, and how does it relate to the possession by spirits? These questions unfold in today's exploration.


Escaping Emotional Turmoil

The use of intoxicating substances, whether alcohol or drugs, becomes a refuge from the profound emotional pain harbored within an individual. This pain can have myriad layers. People reach for substances because they've had a bad day, feel uncomfortable in social settings, suffer from low self-esteem, are stressed, or worry about something—the reasons are incredibly diverse and seemingly endless. One does not cease reaching for substances until the underlying cause—the emotional pain one seeks to drown out—is addressed. Ignoring this pain allows it to intensify, much like a snowball rolling downhill, gaining size with every turn. Turning to intoxicants may silence the pain for a day, a month, or several years, but it continues to linger, persistently making its presence known. Even death does not erase the pain; it resurfaces in the next incarnation until the courage to heal is found. The consequences of substance use progressively worsen. Losing a job, a partner leaving, children distancing themselves—these scenarios are not uncommon.


The Hidden Treasure Within Pain

The pain a person suppresses is, in truth, a magnificent treasure—a gift from the Universe that signals the need for internal healing. Frequently, this pain stems from deep-seated beliefs rooted in childhood.


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Life on Earth is a school where each individual participates, with spiritual development being the ultimate goal. The journey is a return to Love, to our primal state. Presently, most people operate from an ego perspective, which thrives on pain. Allowing the ego to dictate one's life fills it with suffering. Hence, one should never allow the ego to rule. The ego can be a good servant but a terrible master. Each time we confront and resolve a problem within ourselves, clamoring for healing, we acquire more divine qualities. Gradually, we become pure Love.

A sincere examination of one's emotional pain demands courage. Few enjoy scrutinizing the internal blemishes they carry. Many wear a mask, not only to the world but also to themselves, denying the existence of negative traits. However, these traits persistently surface. 

Recently, I attended a funeral—an intimate farewell ceremony that shook me, not due to the death of a loved one but because nearly half the attendees sought substances to navigate through the event. At one point, a person approached me, stating she couldn't emotionally endure it any longer and needed to smoke marijuana. I halted her and asked what she felt. She replied: sadness. I suggested she try to see what lay beneath that sadness. She responded: fear. I encouraged her to delve deeper, exploring what lurked beneath that fear. Reassuring her that it was merely an emotion seeking recognition, she could feel safe. She confided her fear of someday having to face death alone. I urged her to acknowledge her fear of death and explained that only the physical body dies (likely aged, worn, and no longer useful), but she (her soul) would always live. Something clicked for her, and she relaxed, the fear dissipating, forgetting about the need to smoke marijuana.


The Power of Mindful Awareness

We've often discussed on our website (AddictionsSpirit Attachment & Addiction) and in the book "Possessed by Ghosts" how substance use exposes us to possession by spirits. When under their influence, we lose complete control of our bodies. It becomes easy for spirits to seize our bodies, akin to leaving a house with open windows and doors. Intruders can easily enter and wreak havoc, especially when the owner leaves it unattended. More often than not, we attract spirits who, in their earthly existence, also enjoyed mind-altering substances. These spirits make it incredibly challenging to overcome addiction because we grapple not only with our desire for substances but also with the spirits' cravings.

Dear reader, the next time the urge to reach for substances arises, muster the courage to ask yourself: What emotional pain are you trying to drown out? Your life is in your hands, and you choose whether to navigate toward Love or descent. Know that God is always with you.



About the Author:

Marianna oversees the daily operations of The Dr. Wanda Pratnicka Center, skillfully advising staff members on guiding clients through the spirit removal process. Her efforts extend beyond management; she is dedicated to raising awareness about the phenomenon of spirit possession, utilizing various platforms including events, books, and digital media. In her leisure time, Marianna delights in gardening, immerses herself in reading, and explores new natural wonders.


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