Thursday, August 2, 2012

Comfortably Numb?


Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

"Comfortably Numb" is the title of the 1979 epic song by the British band Pink Floyd about the protagonist named 'Pink' who is a rock star struggling to deal with daily life because of his drug addiction.  The song has won fans the world over.  It is a great piece of music with haunting lyrics and a fine example of what the inner struggle of addiction might sound like.  

Let's us define, however, the two words in the title of the song.  First, there is "comfortably" which means, "free from stress or anxiety, at ease".  Second, there is "numb" which means, "having deficient psychological or physical sensation".   When you look at the two definitions side by side, the title of song actually makes no literal sense.  It is impossible to be 'comfortably numb' because to be able to feel a state of comfort means that one cannot simultaneously experience the lack of feeling or 'numb'.  That is, you can't feel at ease if you can't feel anything at all.  Apparently, all's fair in rock-n-roll...but not in addiction!  The question is which one is worse?  

People are drawn to addiction for the promise of feeling no more pain.  That is, they get to be numb.  At first, however, the addiction makes them feel happy, excited, even comfortable.  However, eventually comfort turns to pain, pain to suffering, and suffering to death if the addiction is not arrested in time.  In reality, there is nothing 'comfortable' or 'numb' about addiction because you always have to experience the bad withdrawal symptoms, the psychological distress, relational difficulties, financial loss, possible legal consequences, and  emotional pain without fail. 

Are you struggling with feeling numb?  Do you want to feel comfortable but can't quite find out what or where comfortable is?  You are not alone.  You are not hopeless.  You now have a solution!  

At The Coleman Institute, we love to help people learn how to feel again.  In fact,it brings us joy to help them get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean! 

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