How to Break the Power of Addiction


We can begin walking in freedom as we repent of choices we have made and things that have controlled us.

It may not be your past that keeps you from knowing that God loves you, but your present. Maybe your current circumstances fuel your doubt. If you're stuck in a rut of sinful behavior and a lifestyle of addiction that you feel like you can't escape, God wants more for you.

Addiction is much broader than just drugs or alcohol. Addiction can happen with any substance, behavior, or experience that becomes an unhealthy priority in a person's life. It masters them to the point that they are willing to put the addiction ahead of their family, friends, responsibilities, health, or even their relationship with God.

1 Peter 2:19 says, “People are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” Addiction makes you a slave, but Jesus offers the hope that if we submit ourselves to Christ, He will free us from slavery to sin and addiction. Galatians 5:1 tells us, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." If an addiction is causing problems in your life, know that God loves you and offers freedom and hope for a better future.

Here are some practical steps to help you walk towards Christ and into freedom:

1. Ask God for help.

If you admit you need help, God will help you. Confess to God that you have a problem. Ask Him to forgive you and fill you with hope. Jesus promises in Philippians 1:6 that He will begin the process in you and carry it out in His power. Your role is to say yes to Him and trust Him to guide you forward. Because Jesus is the one who sets us free, spending time in scripture and listening to His voice for direction is very important. We can begin walking in freedom as we repent of choices we have made and things that have controlled us.

2. Confess this struggle to other believers.

James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” There is freedom that comes through confession and power through prayer. Both will help you walk forward into healing. Walking in consistent freedom cannot be done alone and will take time. You are going to need help. You need people that can hold you accountable and be there for you.

3. Set up wise boundaries.

Avoid the places and times that you are weak. Being wise about not putting yourself in those situations is a part of moving forward. Boundaries do not grant you freedom, but they protect the freedom that God has given you. Boundaries are a first step, but they do not change a heart. God will do that.

4. If you are chemically dependent on a substance, stopping without medical help may not be wise.

Regarding substance abuse, some people start with a detoxification program for the first days as a safe way to overcome withdrawals. Others work through addiction recovery programs at in-patient or outpatient treatment centers to help get them and keep them on the right path. If you are unsure what level of care you need, contact a licensed treatment program near you for an evaluation. Your life is precious and trying to overcome chemical dependency can be difficult and dangerous without medical help.

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