The best way to combat addiction is by trusting God and not relying on your own prowess. One of the reasons why people find it hard to defeat addiction is because, they have not come to realize that it is only God that can help them.

This is similar to the rat-race that people run in life, when they feel they can handle everything on their own. Eventually, they will come to realize that it is only God that can help them make the best out of life, and not based on their own powers or abilities.

Trusting God in fighting addiction is a simple act which people have complicated. When you trust God, it implies that you have handed over everything that concerns your life. This means that your wins, challenges and the likes, have been placed in the hands of God for him to take control.

In addition, trusting God with your addiction means that he alone has the capacity to help you pull through. So, even after opting in for addiction treatment, God is wholly responsible for facilitating the whole healing process.

In trusting God, you need to ensure that you are fully in tune with him. You need to make sure that you step-up your personal time with him. Continuous prayers of sanctification and consecration would be offered to ensure that it builds up your faith to properly trust God for the best.

With time, you will understand that God has taken over the fight, so all you need do is watch him see it to completion. It should be known that God is not a magician, an addiction case would require seriousness and willingness from your end.

You can be sure that the road to sobriety would be much easier with God on your side, because he is not one who would leave you alone. If you feel like relapsing, he would be there to hold your hands and see you through.

Addiction can affect anyone irrespective of your status, and one of the ways to combat it is to draw closer to God. A good number of Christians suffer from addiction and it is not because they are not spiritual, it is because they have not fully handed over that aspect of their lives to God.

This is why, when the addiction cravings set in, they find it very difficult to fight against it, because it has overpowered them. When they satisfy their addiction cravings, they become very bitter about it, and they ask God for forgiveness.

Such Christians fall in and out of addiction, and it becomes a continuum in their lives because they have failed to fully consecrate their lives to God.

Addiction gives a feeling of worthlessness, it makes the believer feel as if they are no longer in tune with God, and this is not true.

Addiction only strains the fellowship between God and the individual, it does not affect the relationship.

It is important for addicted Christians to turn to God and ask for his mercy in defeating addiction, because this is the only way they can truly draw close to God, and become one of his favorite sons.

At the initial stage, it would not be easy, owing to the seemingly overpowering nature of addiction. However, in due time, the individual would discover that addiction is nothing compared to the power of God.

It is up to the individual to realize that defeating addiction is not an instant process. It takes a lot of spiritual inputs like prayer, worship, thanksgiving and a host of others.

When these acts are offered daily, the individual would realize that his entire being is under the process of total consecration to God, and addiction becomes a thing of the past.

God is ready to help anyone who wants to deal with addiction, and the only way to fix this is to ask him for mercy and he will help you.

Breaking the chain of addiction is not an easy task. Many people have made attempts individually to do so, but they often end up relapsing. Addiction recovery centres have stepped in to save the day. However, turning to God during times like these ensures that recovery from addiction is made much easier.

You would also get to discover that the withdrawal symptoms which are common with addicts, would be easy to surmount, since you have committed all to the hands of God.

First and foremost, you need to come to the realization of the fact that, addiction is a sin and it is something which God frowns at. Hence, there is a need for you to seek repentance from this sin. Breaking free totally from sin, is something which can happen in an instant. It is a gradual process which eventually ends with total submission to God.

You need to come to the understanding that, sin is responsible for the addiction, and it has a way of ensuring that you are separated from God, thus missing out on certain benefits which comes with being in touch with God. As an addict, it would seem as if your life is upside down, and there is no one to turn to.

However, God is our heavenly father, he loves us, and he is aware that we cannot break free on our own. His arms are opened wide, hoping that someday, we would come running back into them, just as the prodigal son returned to his father. God is ever willing and ready to help us escape addiction, the problem has always been with man, as we feel we are capable on our own.

When you draw closer to God as an addict, light is directed on your path, and you begin to realize that your sense of purpose is heightened. At this stage, you would realize that you have been missing out, and with time, your recovery from addiction would be quicker than expected.

Irrespective of the extent of your struggles, you can be sure that God has got you covered. He knows all about it, he cares and it is his utmost desires that you break free totally.

addiction and substance abuseSubstance abuse is a phenomenon that plagues every corner of society, with no regard for demographic. People are drawn to overusing or harmfully using substances for a variety of reasons, even to the point of requiring treatment or rehabilitation, but many similarities can be drawn between individual cases of substance abuse. And though substance abuse and addiction share many attributes, the differences between them are quantifiable.

First of all, there is more than one kind of addiction. There are physical addictions, where the body and its chemical processes have become dependent on the substance to function. This form of addiction creates withdrawal symptoms such as sweating and shaking when the substance is not ingested, and creates a tolerance within the body against the pleasurable affects of the substance, requiring an increasingly higher dosage of it with every use. The second type of addiction is a psychological one, which makes the addict feel and believe that they cannot function without the drug despite having no chemical dependence on it.

Addiction may form due to the method the substance is being administered. For example, drugs that enter the system through needle injection, such as meth and heroin, are more addictive than drugs that enter the system slowly, such as marijuana smoked from a pipe into the lungs or cocaine snorted onto the nasal membranes. Dependence and tolerance set in simultaneously to addiction, making the method of ingestion a critical determining factor in the transition from substance abuse to addiction.

The individual’s personality and chemical make up play a major part in how quickly they may become addicted to a substance. The term “addictive personality” is used to describe this type of individual, but in truth it is an array of things, chemical, environmental and behavioral, that can make a person more predisposed to addiction than others. For some, an addiction may come on slowly and progressively. For others, it can feel like it set in over night.

addiction doubt GodFor Christians and other people who believe in God, addiction can shake a person’s faith to their core. Addiction does not seem to belong in the same world as one a perfect God created, and our minds balk at how separate the two concepts are. It is true that addiction does not belong in the presence of God, but despite the pain and ugliness of addiction, God is very much real through out it and wants addicts to turn to him for recovery.

It is common for addicts to reason that God cannot be real because a loving god would not allow for something as devastating as addiction. This is a common misconception about the nature of God. People assume that because God is all powerful, he is responsible for everything we experience. This stance negates all responsibility we have over our own lives. God, in his perfection, does not encroach upon our free will. He restrains himself from taking our freedom from us. We misuse our freedom because we were created to depend on God, which is the reason that addiction exists.

Another misconception is that addiction is more real than God. In the midst of addiction, this can feel very much like the truth because addicts are far from God and consumed by addiction. Addicts struggle to feel God’s presence because essentially they are living to serve their addiction rather than serve God. Whatever we choose to serve becomes our reality and the center of our lives. The choices we make to worship false idols rather than worship God, our creator, are the very thing that drives us from his presence.

The bottom line is, whatever we choose to surround ourselves with and immerse ourselves in will consume us. Giving God control of our lives will surround us with his goodness, grace and love, while giving addiction control of our lives will surround us with despair, heartbreak and regret.

god and addictionHaving faith in God’s goodness and perfect plan can be very difficult in the midst of addiction. Many struggling addicts find themselves asking questions like, “Where is God in all of this?” and “Why would a perfect God create me to be so flawed?” These are natural thoughts when one is caught up in the despair of addiction because addiction is not from God. Addiction entered humanity when we declared our independence from God, giving the enemy a foothold into our lives. This is why we experience feelings of brokenness and shame over addiction, and constantly wish there was a way out of it.

The feeling of brokenness one goes through during addiction can be devastating. There are few other conditions that inspire such profound despair within a person. This is because it is very difficult to find your way out of addiction once you are in its clutches. The longer you entertain it, the harder it is to break away from. No two cases of addiction are the same. Some addicts are surprisingly functional, holding jobs, raising children and staying active, while others are consumed by it and may become homeless and isolated. In both situations, there are people who consciously decide they cannot defeat their addiction and surrender all hope of recovery. This always comes with feelings of shame, which the addict chooses to live with.

Even addicts who yield their lives to their addiction want a way out of it. Even if it is more subconscious than conscious after many years of struggle, an addict never stops wishing for recovery. This is because addiction is a prison sentence – a cruel and controlling master – and it is natural to crave freedom from it. It is also natural to wonder why God does not do something about addiction, but the same person must also ask themselves if they have given God control of their life so that he can make change happen within it. God will work miracles in a person’s life, but a person’s life is still their own to mislead if they have not surrendered it to God.

addiction God truthUnderstanding where God fits in to addiction can be confusing for many people. It is the nature of addiction to replace God in importance in the addict’s life, or to elevate their addiction to a god-like status. When their addiction fails them and proves detrimental to their life, some people hold God responsible for the pain addiction caused them. Clearly, the role God plays in addiction is widely misinterpreted.

The truth about God and addiction is the same truth found in every painful life circumstance: God will not do away with it because that would be inhibiting our free will. God’s careful design of our human condition includes the necessity of our free will, either to obey him or to obey our own desires. God commands us through his holy word to obey his direction, not for his benefit, but for ours. We do not have the foresight, scope, strength or wisdom to control our lives. We were created to submit control to our creator. Those who succeed in this lead lives of incredible peace and reward. Those who do not lead lives of frustration and despair. It does not matter if our good fortune is rich or poor; it matters that we are in accordance with God’s will, because it is mankind’s intended form of existence.

Having a church family to lean on while recovering from addiction can greatly influence the way a person perceives God, thus influencing their addiction recovery as well. Many people who have experienced success in their recovery from addiction have a strong relationship with God and with a church community. This has proven to be an incredibly positive influence.

Canadians who are struggling with addiction and need a church family to surround them and pray for them in the midst of their trials can find churches in Edmonton, Toronto, Mississauga, Vancouver and virtually every sanctioned Canadian city.

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