Love is not the icing on the cake of life. It is a basic primary need, like oxygen or water.
We enter the world completely reliant on other people for shelter, nutrition, and emotional support (love), and these core requirements do not change as we grow older. What keeps us healthy as children also keeps us healthy as adults. Even during adolescence, when we tend to individuate from our families, we don’t move toward isolation. Instead, our dependence needs shift from parents and family to peers and eventually to lovers. Yet somehow, as we move into adulthood, our intrinsic need for emotional connection gets discounted, especially if we have an addiction that we can use to replace that need. This is to our detriment. In fact, research has shown time and time again that isolated/separated individuals suffer both emotionally and physically.
Task for Today
Let at least one other person help you with your recovery.