You are not alone many others before you have shattered addictions to alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, and other intoxicating substances. Substance abuse involves many different chemicals and methods of abuse including by injection, inhalation, and consumption. Many of these drugs are highly addictive in nature including cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, and alcohol.
Drugs are quickly infiltrating the lives of many people, even in lives of others not far from away from my own community. Do not ever say you or your family will never be affected by drug abuse. It touches everyone’s life whether it be physically from one’s own abuse, effects of criminal activity from those supporting a habit, or from the death of a loved one, neighbor, acquaintance, or for those on the front lines of the battle including police, emergency workers, hospital personnel, jail staff, school administration and personnel, addictions influence several avenues in own lives each and every day.
People can get drugs slipped to them unaware in their drinks and via candy or other enticing ways. Others decide for themselves to “experience” drugs because “everyone else is doing it.” People often feed themselves lies such as these: “Nobody will taint my drink…. that happens to others but it will never happen to me” or “I can handle it.” Or “I only want to try it once.” “or you may think taking one pill is not a big deal.”
It seems almost every day I wake up to hear news about another person or about multiple victims who have overdosed on some form of an addictive and mood altering drug. Sometimes these situations lead to an immediate emergency health condition consuming police, emergency medical, and hospitals with the need for immediate intervention as some situations can be reversed by the introduction of a “wonder drug” called Naloxone. Other times an influence or overdose of a substance is temporary and will reverse itself with time, other situations ultimately lead to a person succumbing to his or her death.
Our federal government, state and local authorities desire to do what they can by designating funds to combat addiction and treatment. They appropriate jail time as well as programs and groups to administer medical treatment and psychological care and retraining of behavior of addicts. While all these things are good and appropriate for attempting to slow down this ever growing problem. These solutions will alter behavior, most will bring temporary results at best, never infiltrating into the heart of the matter.
Proverbs 4:23 (KJB) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
God’s Word contains the only permanent answer. It contains everything an addict needs to conquer his or her addiction.
John 3:16-17 (KJB) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
If a man or woman understand the unconditional love of God personally in his or her heart they will never desire to oppose God by staining their life with mind-altering substances, bringing upon themselves physical detriment, emotional scars to themselves and others, and in some cases ushering in their own sudden physical death.
The heart of man is where the root of the evil exists. Man’s heart is either naturally inclined to follow after the things of this dark and dreary world. Or it is quickened alive unto things of God. Out of the nature of the heart comes that which either flatters or defiles man.
The Bible promises deliverance to those who incline unto God’s ways:
Proverbs 28:26 (KJB) He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
God’s Word says man will face a spiritual war in his soul because of the presence of his own choice to sin:
1 Peter 2:11 (KJB) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul
The Bible promises to deliver eternal death to those who choose to dwell in sin:
James 1:14-15 (KJB) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
God’s Word gives the man of God the eternal pathway to victory over any sin and temptation. Did you know Jesus Christ faced the same temptations as we do? Let Him show you the way to have victory over the idols in your life:
James 4:7 (KJB) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJB) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
God’s Word promises the man of God freedom from sin:
John 8:36 (KJB) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
God’s Word promises He will not condemn you for your past sin. God looks to your future rather than your speckled past:
Romans 8:1 (KJB) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
God can help you leave your own addictions behind and look with faith and hope in the future.
He can lead you in assisting another who is struggling with his or her own addiction.
Certainly, we can no longer choose to sit on the sidelines of life and be spectators. Lives are being wounded and even lost to an ever increasing presence of substance addictions all around us.