Addiction, meditation, and enlightenment/awakening

If you struggle with any form of addiction and are also interested in mindfulness and meditation — to the point of being interested in enlightenment/awakening — this quote from Daniel Ingram may be a helpful motivator:

“Stagnation is guaranteed if you cling to pleasant sensations.”

In other words, you won’t make any progress on the enlightenment path until you get past the clinging to pleasant sensations (i.e., the pleasant sensations that you are addicted to).

(A friend of mine was an addict, and I know she was also looking for any motivation to quit, so I try to share anything I learn that might be helpful.)