This was another eye opener for me. I had two really bad times that came to mind, both of which occurred when I was in my early 20's. Both times, my coping mechanism was to attempt to escape the pain, usually with alcohol. I do believe in a higher power, and I can now look back and see how God carried me through those times. Still, I continue to try to escape pain or discomfort, rather than dealing with it. Now, I use food or numbing out at the computer.