Mate finishes the first section by talking about how some of his clients feels a void he describes as spiritual, while others have a deep and aching sense of isolation. For some, the community of heavy drug users is the only place they have ever known a sense of community. For Mate these two drives are not unrelated, since he believes that each of us have a spark of the divine struggling to connect with the spark of the divine in others. This doesn't necessarily have to be a literal piece of holy spirit, although it might be. Depending on the person's own paradigm, the desire for connection could be a desire for God or for community or for any number of other things.
We've begun to see a few stories in which the people had what looked from the outside to be decent lives, until addiction brought them low.
This is good stuff, although much more philosophical than some would prefer. It speaks to me.