ADDICTIONS

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Many Christians on earth struggle with addictions, addictions to drugs, to alcohol, to pornography, to gambling, to overeating, to shopping, and so many other sins. 


What is Addiction?
According to the Medilexions Medical Dictionary, “addiction is a habitual psychological or physiologic dependence on a substance or practice that is beyond voluntary control”. 

What is the difference between a habit & an Addiction?
Addiction: the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.

 Habit: it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to.

What are the causes of Addictions?
Peer Pressure.
Genetics.
Family Attachments.
Loneliness.
The nature of the substance.
Age when substance was first consumed.
Stress.
Having a mental illness/condition.

Signs of an Addiction
The person takes the substance and cannot stop.
The person continues taking the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it.
Some social activities are given up.
They maintain a good supply even if they do not have much money.
The person may spend more and more time and energy focusing on how to get the substances, and how to use it.
An addicted person commonly feels they need their drug to deal with problems.
Secrecy and solitude.
Addicted people are always in denial.
As the addiction progresses, the individual may stop doing things he/she used to enjoy a lot.
Financial difficulties.
Relationship problems.

What should be the reaction of Family & Friends towards an Addict?
Relatives have to learn what kind of help is appropriate and what is not, what enables a continued use versus placing the repercussions squarely on the addict. They have to recognize their motives in enabling financial support, psychological security, feeling important by being a rescuer, imposing order over chaos, or from the nobility of sacrifice and disconnect emotionally from them.

Consequences of having Addictions
It will negatively affect your health e.g. Diseases.
Coma, unconsciousness or death.
Suicide.
Relationship problems.
Child neglect/abuse.
Unemployment/poverty.
Problems with the law.

How to Overcome Addictions
Face the facts and acknowledge that you are addicted and it’s a sin.

Admit your helplessness: nothing really happens until we admit our need and hopelessness. The Apostle Paul admitted this in Rom 7: 15, “I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate to do”. God cannot work with you if you are still trying to overcome sin on your own; it’s a form of pride. Psalm 10: 4, “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God”.

Submit and surrender to God, James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. 

Prayer: continual prayer is very important to your recovery. It’s the greatest weapon against the nature of sin, and the temptations of this world.

Change your circle of friends: evil communication corrupts good manners.

Read and memorize the scripture.

Accountability: secrecy is often a Christian’s biggest enemy. If no one knows of your personal moral failures, there is no one to be accountable to, or to help lift you in prayer or encourage you. James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”. Be sure to choose someone of the same sex. Preferably, select a discrete person that has some spiritual maturity in their walk with Christ, and who has a helpful, non-condemning spirit.

In conclusion, lets us note that you are a slave to whatever you have no control over. John 8:34, “Jesus replied, ‘very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin”. 

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