In addiction, we look outward for solutions to the pain we feel inside.
Thich Nhat Hahn’s concise and spare quote suggests that freedom from pain and suffering is within, not in outside solutions like drugs, alcohol, or sex.
Inside all of us is the capacity to heal. The way out of the pain is to turn inward. Going within means different things to different people. It could be yoga or meditation. Any kind of spiritual practice is good for turning inward. Therapy or counseling is a great way to explore your inner landscape and start addressing the wounds of your past.