Healing an injury takes time. Careful attention must be given to cleanliness. Wound dressings must be frequently changed. At times medication must be taken at regular intervals or even applied directly to the injured area. Some abrasions may be healed overnight with the application of ointment and a band-aid. Other more severe are better left to be treated by professionals, doctors specially trained in wound care. The common denominator between all, they must be treated in some manner.
The same is true with our problem of substance dependence. No matter what your vice, if left untreated, it can become a violent lesion festering with more infection and deeper pain than you ever imagined. And over time it can spread to those close to you. Unhealed wounds spread the same disease. If your addiction is not dealt with, those closest to you, your husband or wife, your children or close friends will fall prey to the same demon that you battle with. It has been proven over ands over again that children of alcoholics are more likely to become alcoholics themselves. So you see, that by curing your habit you can also free others close to you from becoming dependant.
So where do I find healing?
I am glad you asked.
There are many who claim to offer therapeutic healing for addiction. What I am sharing is my personal experience. The curative process of becoming free from addiction involves the whole being. Body, Mind and Soul.
Jesus said in Luke 10:27 to “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”
This verse completely covers body, mind and soul.
I believe the soul should come first. Just as God is a three-part being, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we too are a trio of being created into one. Body, mind and spirit. Obviously our spirit has been tarnished through our life choices and needs to be cleansed. The only redemption for the spirit man is through Jesus Christ who, being part of the Godhead took the sins of the world upon himself on the cross over 2000 years ago.
To free the body from addiction one must deny oneself the addictive substance. This may or may not involve professional care. Some of us have abused for long enough time that we need doctors care to free the body from substance abuse. If you need this help PLEASE do not hesitate to seek professional care. This step alone has proven deadly as the body is freed from the poisons.
Thirdly we deal with the mind. Years of thought process needs to be changed.
Romans 12:2 says,”Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The brain needs to be reprogrammed. The only way I have found to do this is the same way it was programmed to start with. Perform the same activity over and over. Daily reading of the Bible and prayer. The more good you put in, the more bad that goes out. Make this your daily routine. Even when you don’t feel like it, DO IT! I’m sure there were days when you didn’t feel like being an addict but you did it anyway. Treat recovery the same way, with the same determination. And in so doing, God will bless you.
Now back to the soul for a minute. Redemption through Jesus Christ is a very simple process. Just ask. An earnest and straightforward prayer to God. Tell Him that you know you have messed things up. Tell Him that you honestly believe Christ died for you and was raised from the grave so that you could be forgiven. Tell Him that you accept Jesus into your heart. And ask Him to help you to live a life for Him free from addiction. Pray this prayer in Jesus Holy name, Amen.
With that done, you have been reunited with God and are on your way to recovery. The soul has been freed from addiction. Now concentrate on the body and mind. If you need doctors care to free the body do not hesitate to get that help. Get yourself in a Bible believing and teaching church. Get baptized. And pray and read your Bible daily.
My hearts desire and prayer is that all who suffer from dependance and addiction may find freedom through Jesus Christ. Blessings to all who read this. If you need some Christian guidance please leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to direct you on the right path.