Day 1 of 7

Turning to God: From Substance Addiction to Recovery - Finding a Spiritual Path


Psalm 116:1-7

1 I love you, LORD! You answered my prayers. 2 You paid attention to me, and so I will pray to you as long as I live. 3 Death attacked from all sides, and I was captured by its painful chains. But when I was really suffering, 4 I prayed and said, “LORD, please don't let me die!” 5 You are kind, LORD, so good and merciful. 6 You protect ordinary people, and when I was helpless, you saved me 7 and treated me so kindly that I don't need to worry any more.

It is a frightening experience to be powerless over something, to be unable to break free of a compulsion that enslaves you. You have tried, time and again, to use your own strength to overcome your addiction and shame. But using sheer will power hasn't brought you freedom or recovery. You have faced the fact that you cannot manage your life or control your addictive behavior.

But what you cannot do, God can.

Perhaps God isn't someone you have given much thought to. Or if you have, you may feel that he is very far away.

The Christian Scriptures present God as the powerful creator who made you and knows all about you. He is patient and concerned, and loves you just as you are. The God who created all things has unlimited power and love. He is infinite in power and grace and he is not far off.

As hard as it may be to imagine, this God seeks a personal relationship with you and is happy to have you know him.

He wants you to live life to the fullest, free of addiction.

He offers you the strength and faith you need to begin a lifetime practice of trusting and relying upon him. As you pray to learn God’s will for your life and begin to carry it out, you will see your life improve – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

And the first steps begin with wise advice and encouragement from the pages of the Bible!

REFLECT

Do you feel like you are powerless in your addiction? Have you attempted to surrender this to God?

RESPOND

If you haven't deliberately surrendered your addiction to God, spend time in prayer to do so now. If you aren't sure of words, use the prayer below for a starting point.

PRAYER

God, I feel powerless. I am trapped in this vicious cycle of addiction. Please hear my cries of anguish and lead me out of this problem. Amen.

TO KNOW MORE

Proverbs 23:29-35

29 Who is always in trouble? Who argues and fights? Who has cuts and bruises? Whose eyes are red? 30 Everyone who stays up late, having just one more drink. 31 Don't even look at that colourful stuff bubbling up in the glass! It goes down so easily, 32 but later it bites like a poisonous snake. 33 You will see weird things, and your mind will play tricks on you. 34 You will feel tossed about like someone trying to sleep on a ship in a storm. 35 You will be bruised all over, without even remembering how it all happened. And you will lie awake asking, “When will morning come, so I can drink some more?”

Psalm 40:1-5

1 I patiently waited, LORD, for you to hear my prayer. You listened 2 and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, 3 and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you. Many will see this, and they will honour and trust you, the LORD God. 4 You bless all of those who trust you, LORD, and refuse to worship idols or follow false gods. 5 You, LORD God, have done many wonderful things, and you have planned marvellous things for us. No one is like you! I would never be able to tell all you have done.

Psalm 40:11-17

11 You, LORD, never fail to have pity on me; your love and faithfulness always keep me secure. 12 I have more troubles than I can count. My sins are all around me, and I can't find my way. My sins outnumber the hairs on my head, and I feel weak. 13 Please show that you care and come to my rescue. Hurry and help me! 14 Disappoint and confuse all who want me dead; turn away and disgrace all who want to hurt me. 15 Embarrass and shame all those who say, “Just look at you now!” 16 Our LORD, let your worshippers rejoice and be glad. They love you for saving them, so let them always say, “The LORD is wonderful!” 17 I am poor and needy, but, LORD God, you care about me, and you come to my rescue. Please hurry and help.