“Is Freedom from Addiction possible?, A very wise person once said to me “some things you cannot do alone; freedom from addiction is one of those things.”
To gain freedom from addiction is to understand what “addiction” is, and how it works. Addiction wants control! Addiction is like a thief in the night! Sometimes it takes a little, sometimes a lot, but it never gets enough. Addiction keeps coming back for more until it owns that person; the whole person.
Addiction wants a person to be riddled with fear, doubt and unbelief; feel condemned, guilty and unworthy; to question God’s plan for their life. Addiction wants that person to waste time and energy fretting over their choices “What if, If Only.” Addiction wants their hearts to become callous with bitterness and un-forgiveness towards themselves and others; to become filled with criticism and suspiciousness and to trust no one, not God and not themselves; no one! Addiction wants their minds to be anxious and worried; their minds to be passive, depressed and full of darkness and gloom; their minds to be confused, unfocused and undisciplined.
Addictions to chemical substances that result in psychological and physiological dependency are the most obvious addictions noted in society today. All forms of substance abuse are potentially deadly and can be devastating to the lives of the people who are addicted, and also those people who come into contact with them, especially the families of the addicted.
Although, all drug abuse comes from the same place when it comes to fundamental addictive behavior each drug or addictive substance is different. When a person is addicted, it generally takes a significant negative situation or event to drive that addicted person to stop. Addicted people often need to hit bottom or hit a brick wall in their addiction to stop the insanity. Whatever that bottom is, once it happens the addict has a chance to find help and become free.
Finding a different path in life is something that has to happen and an addict cannot just go back to their old habits and way of living once they have broken their addiction. Their old way of living and habits will spawn a rebirth of their addiction sooner or later. Those who have had serious life threatening addictions need to make some big changes and they need to get involved in serious psychological work and spiritual work to obtain that freedom they need for a successful life without drugs or alcohol.
The Addict: “When I was in my addiction, there isn’t much I wouldn’t have done to maintain my addiction. I would spend very little time with family and friends. I missed out on entertainment and recreational opportunities. I sacrificed much of my physical health, my mental health, my spiritual health and my self-esteem. I sacrificed the quality of my environment…my home/car/clothing. I sacrificed a good portion of my income, too. Wow! In retrospect I sacrificed so much to maintain my addiction.” Most people who struggle with addictions have, in reality, simply lost their power of choice.
Freedom from addiction means a person can get their life back; a sense of integrity, sanity, trust and respect, self-esteem and a life in which physical, mental and emotional health is possible and most important the person’s spiritual health is healed. Freedom from addiction means a person has set themselves free for life. Freedom from Addiction is possible!
By James Murray
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