If you open the door to a room and the wind blows papers off your desk and around the room, you can start running around picking up papers. If there are a lot of papers, you may find that, as you pick some up, others will blow away. You will use a heavy weight to hold some down. You may run around faster trying to counteract the effect of the unhindered wind.
Or you may close the door.
In recovery from addictions, conventional wisdom, fearing the immediate disaster, has encouraged focus on the visible state. Even if you are reading this under the influence, you will be able to apply the metaphor of running around picking up papers or placing a heavy weight to keep them fixed. Conventional wisdom does not have time or even expertise to look for the open door because the never-ending task of clearing the effects can be so engaging.
So, it is easy to see the addiction as an illness (even though this has never been proven) or an immorality. Depending on the perspective it evokes treatment by “care-giving” or restraint. The open door, metaphorically describing the inner feelings of angst, fear, insecurity, anger, or rejection cannot be addressed because it is seen as the effect, not the cause. The consideration is that they will be restored when the addiction is managed.
Every addict fears this is not true. Every addict is afraid being stranded with the feelings they never liked, losing the only way that worked, and being lost in a world that has left them far behind.
The open door metaphor is significant here. It is how they have learned to feel comfortable in life. Let’s see what I mean.