Addiction is a Disease, Not A Weakness

Today’s Verse:  Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I read an interesting article over the weekend on addiction.  Basically the premise was that addiction is a disease, and not a weakness.  I have often said this, just as I have said that mental disorders such as ADD are a disease, and not just a behavior problem.

It is encouraging to see that people may finally start to see addiction in a new light. There is nothing more discouraging to an addict then to be told:  “just be strong”, “shake it off”,  “give it up cold turkey”.   This is easier said than done, and anyone that has ever been addicted to anything knows this all too well.

I have long been a proponent of doing it one day at a time.  Goals are very important, but if we set unrealistic goals, we will be discouraged and never get there.  When we are fighting addiction, we can’t look long term.  We need to do it just for today, and celebrate each day as a victory.

Addiction also has a way of wooing us back again.  We may quit smoking for several months or we may diet, or we may go to rehab. But sooner or later there she is – calling us back again.   That is when we need to be strong.  That is when we need to fight the disease with everything we have.  We need to ask for help.  Help from friends, family and most importantly, the Lord.

Along the way, we must pray.  Although God may not answer immediately, he does hear our cries.  He does help us.  You have to have unending faith in the Lord.  I met a young man recently who has been hooked on pills, alcohol and pot for a long time. He has lost his wife, his 6 year old son, and his job.  He is living in a homeless shelter and eating at soup kitchens. But he told me that three months ago God saved him. God helped him to get off the pills, booze and pot.  He goes to church every Sunday and Bible study every Wednesday.  He said that God has literally saved his life.   He has great hope for a great future.  It is not easy, but he calls on the Lord to help him every day, one day at a time.   God can help us too!   Put your faith in the Lord and pray without ceasing.  He will not abandon us. Blessings to all of your journey to good health!

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