Spirituality directly addresses choice by offering personal options for action.
But, it isn’t the only choice.
Many of us don’t like some religion’s answers and options. Why cry? That’s a choice too. Our personal option.
Our greatest human satisfaction is an enduring sense of “noble” ---other directed---purpose, instilled with a sense of anticipation. Reasons why our craving, desire, thirst, and wishing is called an addiction.
Why do people drink alcohol, to quench an internal (spiritual) (emotional) (anguish) thirst with an external solution---alcohol.
We can’t quench an internal thirst (needs) with external choices.
Is there an alternative option?
Yes. “The Joy Beyond Craving”: A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction and Recovery by Joni Kay Rose.
Obviously painful situations can hardly be avoided. However, we can affect and moderate our responses to them.
Rose tells us how in her unique combination of Buddhism and the 12 Steps:
“We’ve seen that the cause of our suffering lies not merely in external events, but in our own thoughts and actions, based on our false concept of ourselves as independent entities.
Turning our lives over to a Higher Consciousness constitutes letting go of that self image, to recognize our oneness with the Emptiness of Ultimate Being.”
“Mystics of all religions have said that the way to find Spiritual Awakening is to open ourselves completely through prayer and meditation, and listen to the still inner voice.
Then when the distinction between our Higher Consciousness and ourselves disappears, it does so not because we absorb that Consciousness into ourselves, but because we put aside our illusory idea of “self” and become absorbed in the Emptiness completely.
This is the Spiritual Awakening of which both Bill W. and Buddha spoke.”