it amplifies the internal vibratory resonance (IVR) in which we are currently. i suppose a substance/person/circumstance could provide a seemingly "separate" way for us to express outwardly to create distance so we may observe (be reflected back) our state of being (IVR).
it's still something that begins inside and originates from our IVR.
nothing can provide relief for us either....substance is one manifestation that provides a view from "outside" ourselves and so it seems easier to allow something other than ourselves to provide relief. (mainly because most of us humans have minimal confidence in being able to support ourselves on all levels---physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.). we're doing all the "work" if we allow ourselves to see it that way and stop giving credit to outside sources for the "good" and take accountability with the "bad" amplifications.
perhaps you're thinking, "Yes AND external/societal pressures & stress do create a more challenging environment for the human experience/more susceptible to fall into addiction/reach for a bottle, etc. It's at least more difficult if and when the human is less resourced & /or removed from a sense of community and positive support."
i do hold the belief more times than not that humans are wired to connect so, in this moment, i agree with the belief that it's more difficult for the human experience to rely solely on their own strengths.
I also believe that if we had the confidence in our power to uncover the truth that we lack NOTHING, there is no need for any outside resources/support/anything "outside" ourselves...those are merely distractions we've delusionally thought up, agreed upon and manifested into the physical form in this shared, collective reality. we're super creative because this, in turn, allows more colorful expressions of self to be manifested! woooooo!
the latter belief, potentially, defeats the whole purpose and experience of being a human...?
I don't care if you believe that the grass is green
or people who smoke will develop cancer
or resolving all your sins will provide you the opportunity to go to heaven
or the placebo effect is a crock of shit
or you call yourself a failure when your goal isn't met or fits perfectly into your expectations
or love is earned
or if the world is some fucked up place full of hate and greed
recognize your beliefs, support those in alignment, and reframe the ones that no longer feel good and do it only because you desire to
we'll get by just fine
and prosper whenever we expose ourselves to the truth that we need no one else's permission outside of our own
be you and take pride in your choice of identification
because this is all we have