Dealing with Addiction

Monday, November 27, 2017

Today I'd like to talk about a more touchy subject. Addiction. It's possible to get addicted to almost anything, and that's why so many people struggle with it. We think that it will somehow help us. But ultimately, addictions can destroy our lives.

I looked up a definition of addiction and this is what I found:
State characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences.
The truth is, almost all of us have struggled with some kind of addiction in our lives. Something that gives us pleasure for a little bit but ultimately has dire consequences.

Let's break addictions down:

Anything that takes God's place in our lives is called an idol. When we're addicted to something, we're not relying on God and His power. We think we have to have (fill-in-the-blank) to survive. But the only thing (read: Person) that we should ever have to have in this life is Jesus Christ. Addictions make us think that Jesus isn't enough to get us through the hard times.
You've heard it before. Everyone says they can stop (x) but when they actually try it's a lot harder than they think. Addictions trap us and hold us in a cage. The only way you can find true freedom from an addiction is through God's grace.
 The perfect example of this is all the names we have for people who are addicted to something. If you're addicted to alcohol you're called an alcoholic. If you do drugs you're called a druggie. If you smoke you're called a smoker. If you self-harm you're called a cutter. But you're addiction shouldn't define who you are.

How can you overcome an addiction?
Stop relying on your addiction to cope with life. And start realizing that God is the One Who will be able to comfort you more than anything else.
If you find yourself thinking that you can't live without x, then you should probably re-evaluate how important that thing is in your life. Maybe you need to get rid of that thing or something that enables your addiction.
Addictions take time and God's help to overcome. So, don't let that addiction take over your identity in Christ. You are more than your addiction and you can overcome it with God's help!

For most of us, shame keeps us from getting help from those around us. But please please please don't be afraid to reach out if you feel you need help!

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." ~Philippians 4:13 KJV

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