I recently read an article about a well-known actor who explained how he was able to overcome a particular addiction. This person is now sharing the “secret,” that will empower others to help them overcome their social addiction also. However, to find the cure for any addiction, we need to first find the root cause. Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if your undesired craving for whatever were gone forever? The truth is we live in a culture where the center stage has been given over too many compulsive behaviors. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling have become readily available for many people and it has taken a toll. Regardless of the addiction, the financial, sociological and emotional cost to individuals, families and communities can be devastating.
The fact is, it’s no secret that using our current conventional methods of physical or psychological treatment and even the medical treatments our society offers for addiction simply does not provide a cure. According to the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies the failure and relapse rate using conventional methods can be as high as 80%. According to studies, there is undeniable evidence that the underlying core source of any addiction is “emotional.” Our society generally blames some type of dependency for the cause of some if not all of their troubles, however, when under closer examination the addiction itself is really only “the symptom” of a greater problem.
When speaking against the ills of addiction, this is an area where our society and the word of God agree even Christians are not immune from the physical, psychological, emotionally or social struggles brought on by addictions. First and foremost any addiction should be considered serious; some addictions have long lasting effects with far-reaching implications. Addiction is frequently connected with a craving to fill a void or the fear of facing or recalling some painful emotion. As Christians, we understand it is only God and Him alone that can fully satisfy and that only He is able to carry our heartache completely. According to 1 Peter 5:7 He is willing and wants to take on your burdens “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
For the Christian, who is in Christ, there is an undeniable understanding that only He sets you free from sin which is the root cause of all addictions. We read these words in Romans 6:6-7 “For we know that our old self-was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” However, too often no effort is made to live in the freedom that has been provided. The apostle Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Unfortuntely, while it can be managed, it is but because of the very nature of man, we never really get rid of the addiction, remnants in the form of temptations forever remain. It is imperative that Christians learn to be good stewards of the resources that have been made available to them through Christ. Christians not only have the power of the Holy Spirit to help them combat addiction, but they also have the Body of Christ, as their personal support system. However, if a Christian somehow becomes overtaken and ruled by addiction, they may consider seeking a reputable Christian rehab program with the benefits of recognizing the true Healer. In other words, a person’s behavior can often become so harmful to themselves and others that they need to be in a formal rehabilitation program for treatment to begin the process of recovery.
Although many Christian treatment facilities exist to function as the Body of Christ for the addict. Some may have questionable theological beliefs. As you would before entering any program, do the research to be sure to the best of your abilities you or the person you are helping is beginning a good God loving, Spirit led, rehab program.