Addictions come in various forms and plague numerous families. My father was an alcoholic and I was married to an alcoholic. I have had other family members who were addicted to alcohol and drugs. Some died from overdoses. It is heartbreaking to live with and heartbreaking to get the news that addiction has succeeded in taking the lives of loved ones. Probably most heartbreaking of all is to be the person who is held in bondage to a dangerous addiction. Not only have they brought down the anger of family and friends upon their heads; they likely loathe themselves as a human being more than anyone who loathes their actions.
Of course, there are many other kinds of addiction, such as overeating, watching too much television, engaging in fantasies, pornography, shopping, etc. But to begin, this page will start with the most obvious, which is chemical dependency.
There are some who can testify that Jesus Christ broke their addiction in only a moment and, from that point on, they no longer felt a compulsion to meddle with drugs or alcohol again. Even the physical ravages of addiction have sometimes been instantly healed. That is truly wonderful and we can be thankful for such intervention. Generally, though, most people seem go through a slower process, but the victory in these cases also comes through the grace of God, whether the people involved acknowledge Him or not. Everything that is good in this world exists through His grace.
There are scoffers in regards to God, but there are those who can bear testimony to His power. A man who derided the miracles of Jesus scornfully asked a believer if he really believed that Jesus turned water into wine. The believer replied, "I don't know about Him turning water into wine, but I do know that in my house, He turned whiskey into furniture." Well, I do believe that He turned water into wine, and He can also turn losers into winners. Actually, I believe that we all are winners, but if we don't believe that we are winners, then we won't act like winners. We need to renew our mind.
It takes great courage to even try to break out of addiction. Kudos to those who try, even if they fail to stay clean. That does not make them a failure. Giving up and trying no more is what makes a person a failure.
This page offers links to help overcome drug addiction. It is a matter close to my heart after losing a nephew and his daughter to drug overdoses. It also offers links to resources that help restore brains that have been damaged by trauma and to align us to healthier thinking and habits that will result in more successful and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Caroline Leaf speaks of how to HOW TO REWIRE YOUR BRAIN on Sid Roth's program It's Supernatural. Check out her other videos on this page.
Paul Hegstrom explains LIFE SKILLS INTERNATIONAL, his program for reconstructing our core, to stop cycles of abuse and victimization. There are a lot of his useful videos on this page.
Pat McGraw offers an article on OPIOIDS and direction on how to be free of their hold.
THE PREVENTION COALITION is a drug treatment organization. Lots of useful information is on their website.