The primary addiction is not the drug. The drug is one element of the addiction. It is an instrument, like a hammer and nail. Sure over time, dependent upon the type of drug, it can become #1. Especially regarding heroin or opiates, any in form.
At first, however, the drug is nothing more than a band-aid to temporarily stop or relieve the bleeding.
So what is the primary addiction? Doing things our way.
If we do not have a relationship with God, what other choice is there, but to do things our way? None.
Why does rehab fail? Why do treatment programs fail? Because they focus on the treatment of not using the drug, instead of the root issue- why we ran to the drug to begin with.
The time required to understand the various reasons is too long for any insurance company to cover under a treatment program.
Again, the drug is a band aid that temporarily stops the bleeding, but never cures the problem. Drugs make it easier to endure the pain and easier to ignore God. It makes it easier for use not to feel the guilt, shame, and remorse for doing the things we know we should not be. If sober, there is no way we would…. but hand me some of those pills, and I’ll forget all about God.
It makes it a whole hell of a lot easier to play ball for the other side. The dark side. The drug is a try out audition. Repeated. Over and over. Soon, we sign a five year contract with a signing bonus.
The truth is what we are addicted to is doing things our way. We are addicted to things that bring us pleasure, instead of pain. Pain is probably in the top #3 reasons why people turn to drugs. To help cope and bring relief associated with our pain. Pain does not describe sufficiently pain. Allow me to expound using a few other words: the torment, the agony, the desolation, the nightmares, the extreme weight gain or loss, the aging process, the not being included process, the inadequate process, the rejected process of being an orphan, the sexual identity crisis, also including events associated with rape, molestation, incest, attractions to abnormal things or behaviors, I’m speaking of that pain. That torment. The things we cannot escape from by running away. They will continue haunting us, until we deal with them. Forgetting about them, is not dealing with them. What is not buried properly, will rise again until it is.
Also the pain associated from failure, a broken heart, an accident, an injury, isolation, loss of a loved one, broken marriage, absence of father, or mother, or parent, loss of employment, feeling of unworthiness, not appreciated, living in a city with millions of people yet existing as a ghost or illusion, no one understanding the situation, being diagnosed as…, if none of these apply to you, then feel free to feel in the blank with what does apply to you; the pain associated from doing things our way over and over without realizing nothing will ever relieve the pain expect one thing-
beginning to build a relationship with God.
Pain is a part of Life. Almighty God relieves it with good things, instead of bad ones. The pain never stops. But when you have a relationship with God, it helps you make good choices while undergoing the pain.
He has the vision we don’t have. He sees the things we don’t see. He knows all the players involved and more importantly He knows what they are concealing and why. Even better, God sees the things we are concealing from ourselves, that we cannot see. He places people in our lives who can see the things within us, but when they try to tell us, many times we grow angry, even hostile. We laugh and reply with a list of reasons proving why we we are not that way. The very fact we feel the need to produce a list to counteract and validate that we are not so and so, is evidence that we in fact are so and so.
“They’re crazy! Forget what about they see, besides, what the hell do they know about me? They barely met me five minutes ago.” The denier within us declares.
If you can’t find fault within yourself. You need more help than any man can give you.
Trusting God is what wise men do.
The addictions programs that incorporate faith through building a relationship with God have much higher success rates. For those that are under addiction at present, breaking free happens differently for everybody. Some experience miraculous overnight, also known as cold turkey sobriety, while others experience a much longer path to arrive there.
Don’t buy into why isn’t it happening for me? Addiction is not one facet, or one element, like a rope, that can be severed and all is good. At least not for the majority. Addictions take time to build up. And for the most of us, they take time to tear down. One good choice at a time. As one good choice is made, after another, room & space begin to be made for new things to enter to replace the bad.
During the hard times when temptation surrounds you at every level, by a continuous bombardment of voices, pain, unrelenting impulses and urges to run, to call, to get, to buy, to feel, to sin, when all you can hear are the reasons you should use–
Remember- what got you into the mess to begin with- running toward the drug, instead of running toward Almighty God.
There is no way to escape the pain. None. Zero. Until you learn it is part of Life.
The good news is that as we learn to turn to Almighty God, by turning to Him for help, by calling upon His name in prayer, followed by taking action which is listening and doing what He is asking us to do or stay away from, if we do that, the pain begins to fade away.. one good choice at a time. One day at a time. He helps us carry our cross to Calvary.
Stand in the fire, of Almighty God, and allow Him to purify you. It hurts immensely, but He is standing there with you in the fire. If we leave early, and run out and away, guess where we will wind up again? The same exact spot when all we had left before was :10 seconds, now we have to endure the whole process again + :20 seconds more. Let’s try this again, Son, Daughter.. you ready this time?
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