The heart of the average person desperately seeks that which is beyond the mundane. Animals do not have these cravings. When an animal fulfills its biological function or drive, it stops. Why is addiction unique to human beings? Addiction is born out of human discontent, and ultimately due to a lack of spirituality. The individual attempts to fill a spiritual void with physical objects or pleasures. These give very temporary relief, but never satisfy the deeper spiritual craving. Rabbi Pinchas Taylor reminds us that the addiction itself is not the addict’s problem, it’s his attempted solution. The only true solution is to treat the spiritual void.