When I lost my husband going on four years ago, one of the things that made a huge impact on me was the absence of a religion to lean on. I envied those who had that, who could find comfort in the arms of their god, in the hope of resurrection, seeing their loved one again. They had faith. I did not, although it wasn't for lack of trying. Born and raised Jewish, converted to Catholicism for marriage, converted again to some evangelical something-or-other, tried Buddhism and New Age, tried coming "home" to Judaism, and finally gave up. None of it makes any sense to me at all. But regardless, I still envy all of you who have this faith, and I know it helps in addiction recovery, too. I see it every day in blog posts here.
For those of us who are without religion, however, another kind of faith has to kick in. That's why I appreciate so much the science of addiction, as explained in the Alan Carr book, and in the Why Quit site. It makes so much sense to me, and as I think about how addiction works, I can hold on to that as a really, really great reason that Not One Puff Ever is a motto I can live by:
The Law of Addiction
"Administration of a drug to an addict will cause
re-establishment of chemical dependence
upon the addictive substance."
That's science, and it's real, and I hold onto that as tightly as any supplicant to any religion.