One doesn't have to live very long to figure out that life can be incredibly painful at times. Deep and overwhelming pain can come from the loss of a loved one, or childhood abuse of one kind or another, or a broken marriage/family, or a traumaticly negative emotional event, or a long string of hardships/failures, or rejection from family or friends, or ... ( you fill in the blank ).
When we sense that we cannot deal with the pain any longer, we seek refuge, anywhere, with anything - whatever can make the pain go away, even if just for a short while. It might be something as apparently benign as shopping, or eating, or a movie marathon. But quite often the "pain-reliever" we run to ends up being a lot less benign - alcohol, recreational drugs, over-use of a prescribed drug, gambling, sexual fantasies, extra-marital affairs, etc. The escape from the out-of-control pain can even be blatantly destructive, like binge-and-purge cycles, cutting, other forms of self injury, or the ultimate escape, suicide.
The problem is, any and all of man's forms of escaping don't work. The first man and woman found that out: "... Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, 'Where are you?'" (Genesis 3:8b-9).
If your answer to the question, "Where are you?" is "Not where I really want to be", then please call (see About Us page) to set an appointment with a Biblical Christian Counselor who can provide Hope, Help and Healing for your life. God wants to be your everlasting, never-failing refuge from the pain that a broken world can bring.
"No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He'll never let you be pushed past your limit; He'll always be there to help you come through it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)