Addictions come in many shapes and sizes from alcohol, other drugs, shopping, gambling, food, sex, etc. An addiction usually starts out as something fun or social yet at some point changes the chemistry in your brain. Once this change occurs, then you no longer have control and the addiction slowly takes center stage in your life.
1. If you haven't lost everything then you do not have a problem.
2. If you don't participate/use your addiction daily then you do not have a problem.
3. If you can still function in life, you do not have a problem.
Isaiah 5:11 gives warning about how an addiction can slowly take center stage of your life. "Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may follow intoxicating drink; who continue until night, until wine inflames them!" The Bible further clarifies that you are not to walk a path that brings you under the power of anything else. I Corinthians 6:12-13 says, "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body." If you choose to go down an unhealthy path and an addiction occurs, you will be in one of 6 stages.
1. Not thinking you have a problem.
2. Thinking that maybe you have a
3. Believing you have a problem and
starting to plan how to address it.
4. Actively addressing the problem.
5. Maintaining freedom from the
6. Moving on with your life and
enjoying your healing.
Getting help for an addiction has changed over the years. In the past, treatment facilities have created a process for you to get help and have forced each person who comes to that center into the same process. Today, progressive facilities have changed tactics to meet you where you are by seeing you as an individual. In this way we are being like Christ.
A knowledgeable counselor will assess in what stage of change you are and partner with you (and any involved family members) to meet you there with appropriate intervention strategies until the door opens to enter into the next stage. A quality counselor will not assume you have a problem just because you (or a loved one) schedule an appointment. You will be treated with respect as an equal in the process.
We need to be clear that walking through the stages of change (until you can enjoy your healing for the long-term) is not possible to achieve (even with a great counselor helping you) unless you choose to follow Jesus. He is our healer and will sustain you to stay clear of an addiction from taking center stage again.
If you look at I Corinthians 6:9-12, you will see different types of addictions listed but pay close attention to the end...you are cleansed if you are a follower of Jesus. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."
If you actively follow Jesus, you will walk away from anything coming between you and Him. You can't rely on your power (or you would have already walked away from being controlled by the addiction). We need God's power to walk away. Acts 1:8 states, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Zechariah 4:6 states, "So he answered and said to me: 'This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel...Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts." As a follower of Jesus, you receive His Spirit in you to follow Him (out of your addiction) to do as He asks...to be His witness. It is not just about being healed from your addiction, it is about what he has in store for you now that you are enjoying your freedom (the next chapter Jesus has for you) that is even more exciting if you can imagine that!
If you or a loved one has found that an addiction is taking center stage in your life, please contact us by phone (717-432-0421) or e-mail today to schedule an initial counseling appointment. We look forward to meeting you where you are---so that you can emerge free in Christ.
Please also consider the small Organic Life get-together that is meeting weekly at our office. If you do not attend church, aren't interested in church, yet are interested in knowing how to follow Jesus so that you can be free, please consider checking it out.