It's a pain killer, and it takes care of more than just physical pain. I've only tried it when in extreme emotional pain and personal problems and for me it just made me feel like all my problems were gone for awhile. I think that is why it is so addictive; it makes you feel so much better about your life. But after you sober up there are always more problem than there were before so as to what the point is? I can't really answer other than to say short term, short lived relief from life's troubles.