Addiction is a common trait, irrespective of geographical location – including Christians, irrespective of race, class, gender, and religion. It includes a wide variety of religious belief, from Anglicanism, Catholicism, the Lutheran, Protestantism, evangelization, and many more. Although those sects of Christianity all differ, it is the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ that lie at the heart of faith.
In the 40s, religious organizations often characterized it as a moral defect or sin before addiction was recognized as a disease. The Christian faith believes that anyone can overcome addiction with the correct treatment. Christian faith now sees this condition, not a sinful nature but as a result of bad decisions and a bad spiritual condition. Addiction is a tool for people struggling to deal with the difficulties of living regardless of religion. The Bible holds that only through Jesus Christ can redemption be achieved – whoever is willing to accept HIM in whole and fullness will be delivered from the sickness of addiction.
The Christian faith holds that the cycle of spiritual redemption is the secret to overcoming addiction. God can provide the strength, support, and clarity needed to overcome the barriers which are inherently part of recovery. Religion believes that everyone can conquer addiction with the proper recovery plan and through a sober, Christian-value lifestyle.
Christian recovery services and rehab of alcohol
For those needing help, there are many types of Christian recovery services, from residential and lavish rehabs, medical and rehabilitation clinics, and area. The services available in these programs are similar to non-confessional dependence, but the focus is strongly on the Bible. Besides healing by clinical methods based on evidence such as detox and individualized therapy, patients are spiritually rehabilitated.
This kind of rehabilitation scheme allows patients to establish or restore their faith and relationship with God while addressing their dependence. For this purpose, Christian rehabilitation programs usually include:
· Sessions of the Bible and interpretations in scripture
· 12-stage programs based on faith
· Sermons about Catholic spirituality abuse
· Daily hours of prayer and meditation
· Daily worship services are attended.
· Pastoral and ministerial advice
The Spiritual teachings and consciousness encompass all the treatment approaches included in Christian treatment programs. In addition to doctors and mental health practitioners, many Christian rehabilitation centers also have priests, ministers, and clergy members.
Many Christians still struggle with a lot of addiction like marijuana abuse, drug addictions, porn, gambling, alcoholism, smoking, etc.
Many people who want to overcome their addiction think it’s enough just to have the will to stop addiction. That’s a mistake. In reality, the deeper and deeper
you get more into addiction, the harder for you to overcome what you are addicted to.
Three steps are taken to help you overcome an addiction:
1. Victory in Christ
You must first become honest with God and then let some of the most valuable people in your life understand what you are passing through.
If you are fighting against addiction or a deep sin, please do not give up. Those demons are sometimes powerful mental fortifications. This confirms that the
Holy Spirit is not only inside you but also works in you. How the Holy Spirit has acted in you confirms how you looked for it everywhere. This is not a casualty. For a very special reason, God has inspired me to write this article today as a light for your future.
It is a great sign that the Holy Spirit is attempting to show you your guilt because you are grieved for your sin. When a faithful person repents, that does not mean they will not fall back into sin. Yes, we are prone to sin again and again … but we will continue to loathe it all the more by turning away from sin. Yes, we must
repent, but each day we sin, we can begin and finish the day with our faces, hands, and knees before Christ to ask forgiveness. As Paul has written, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Rom 7:25). You too can declare it also as he did.
2. Admit that you are powerless.
This also means that you are going to Him for help. You get into the word of God. You speak to Him deep down in your heart. Challenge Him with His words“for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” Psalm 138:2
You can’t get over the sin of addiction without the help of God… you can’t conquer your addiction through medical advice…You can’t get over the temptation to pornography with your strength… you can’t defeat drug abuse, smoking, alcoholism, and depression… just name it: you simply can’t do it all alone…..but Christ can!
Pray for help. God is eager to help you … He has done It for many; yours won’t be exceptional! Sometimes the response or solution might take some time but do not give up. You will slip and fall but get back up, if you are addicted to pornography, pray for mercy and ask God to eliminate all the sources and connections to your addiction or sin.
“If your hand offends you, cut it off ” (Matt 5:30). He was speaking in hyperbole. He stated that the sources of the abuse or wrongdoing must be cut off. If you can’t get rid of the Internet, then get a friend who will put a protected password filter on it. Turn against friends that are illegal traffickers if you are addicted to drugs. Yes, that’s dramatic, but this is what it must take. God can do all things. He created the universe, and He wants to help you overcome your addictions. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13). Alternatively, we can do nothing in our capacity.
3. Get in a healthy group.
Addiction will never be broken on its own; you will never be able to do it with your own knowledge, but you can do so with God and His Word.
The first step of coming out from your addiction is to come out from your denial and be honest. The strength of confidentiality ruins your life. It can be frightening to tell someone eventually, so you should start by taking a step – Talk to someone, even if it’s just only one person you can trust, It can be your pastor or a brethren or family member or talk to a therapist.
How can I find freedom from addiction?
Addiction, in any way, can cause inner tensions and frustration to overcome. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, God ready to set you free. The Bible says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36, NKJV).
By asking God to forgive you, purify your heart and give you eternal life, then you have to get committed to Christ. Henceforth, believe that God has forgiven you, and made you His son.
None of us are strong enough in our own strength to overcome temptation, but God gives us strength, 1 Corinthians 10:13 states: ” There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”.
Now the old sinful way of life needs to be replaced by Christ’s new life. This includes the strength to replace the old habit with new habits by the Holy Spirit. Avoid association in sinful activities with those who influence you. List the behaviors and patterns that you would like to improve. Set some positive objectives for your life and go after them with the strength of God.
You do not need to be ashamed. Are you broken or empty? God promises us in His words, ” Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus Christ ready to set you free and to give you new life as his Son. He can be your strength when you’re weak and your hope in a hopeless situation.
Christ has been tempted too, and he knows what you are going through. You can be rest assured that he will help you bridge every chain that binds you if you trust in Him.
Some measures to help you get rid of addiction are listed below:
• Go into a deep relationship with God. Make praying your habit. Get busy with the things of God.
• Accept responsibility. Remember, you chose to smoke, drink, look at pornography, etc. in the first instance, then the decision is yours to STOP IT!!. You are accountable for your decisions.
• Cut off the ties of your addiction to friends and places. This helps to reduce tension and encourages regeneration.
• Don’t be surprised if your successful recovery is in question from your family or friends. You surely will be faced with broken promises and deceit if this disease has consumed your life. Give them the chance to see the new you.
• Note, it’s not about being a Christian that will make you resist addiction. You might go back to your old life, but seek God’s mercy as soon as you do to cleanse you of your addiction. 1 John 1:9 teaches, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness..”
• Read and meditate on the Word of God, The Bible. Join a Bible-believing church and establish healthy relationships. The Bible says, “For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:10).
• The underlying causes of addiction must be dealt with to overcome them. Check with a pastor, Christian counselor, or a local clinic or resource for additional advice.
Finally, Nobody can promise an easy journey to recovery, but Christ will accompany you and offer you a solid foundation. Nothing is impossible with God.
I ask you, Where have you been wounded, and how are these wounds affecting you today on the explorative trip of your own life? Abuse, divorce, dropout? When we do not understand these wounds, rather than root problems, we end up treating the symptoms. You have to fly with safe people through your past. Find out where you were injured and get the pain to heal.
There is hope. You can find lasting liberty. But you won’t find it alone, just you and Jesus. Breaking isolation and learn to ask for help. Then healing can be found.