Addiction, According to the Bible
What Does the Bible say about Drug Addiction
“For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.” –Titus 3:3
Each day gives us opportunities for both good and bad. Many days can become challenging. These challenges can lead us astray, convincing us to commit something that we may later regret.
During troubled times, people turn to drugs to ease their pain. But relying on drugs can lead to addiction. Addiction is similar to being enslaved to what gives us pleasures. The addiction drives its victims to seek after its pleasurable effects. Even when the drugs are already harming our minds and bodies, we continue to desire for it.
Addiction is a temptation that has affected many lives. This temptation drives its victim to seek what destroys their bodies and their relationships to their loved ones. It’s a temptation that makes the victims and everyone who cares about them suffer.
Drug abuse can lead to many health problems. These health problems can be difficult to recover from or can be permanent. Drug addiction can cloud our thoughts. It can make us believe that it is a good thing. But even so, this temptation can be defeated.
But as the bible says, in Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
God does not let us be tempted with something that is beyond what we can overcome. This also applies to drug addiction.
With sin comes an opportunity for redemption. Professional help can assist the victims of addiction to rid themselves of it. But the first step has to come from the victims. Acknowledging the problem and having faith in God and yourself.
As the line from James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Drug addiction is something we can recover from. But the road to recovery is challenging. Withdrawal symptoms can make the process uncomfortable and even unbearable. The temptation to continue the abuse will cloud the mind. But continuing to believe in God and yourself will strengthen you.
Medical professionals have ways to make withdrawal manageable. Continuing the procedures and succeeding against drug addiction relies on you. By submitting yourself to God, you can find your way back.
Drug addiction is one of the many temptations in life. But God has plans for each of us. His plans can bring us to salvation. We just need to trust in Him.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” –Peter 5:10