Man is the least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. -Oscar Wilde
Our addictions are a mask. Through our addictions we attempt to create an experience of life that allows us to live free of underlying feelings of discomfort and disconnection. And often, through the mask created by our addictions, we find a sense of comfort that allows us to move through our lives with a feeling of being catered to, taken care of. This reveals the underlying truth that this is what we are needing. Being taken care of. But if and when our addictions overtake our ability to function properly in our lives, the mask begins to fall off and, again, we are exposed. This is when we often seek recovery. So we must take this underlying truth into our recovery, embracing a path that caters to the parts of us through which our addictions developed. We must learn to embrace our core discomfort and provide for ourselves the very healing that this truth has exposed. And eventually, we must learn, unmasked, to speak the truth.