I consider myself lucky over my tumultuous past, because if I hadn’t I would have been filled with pride, arrogance and self righteous. I know this is true because I used to make fun of people who were drawn towards consumption of libations. My FIL was an alcoholic and he died of liver disease at an early age (52). He was a nice person, but he could be very rude and crude when he was under the influence. I despised him,because I didn’t understand that you could do things that you would never normally do when you are under the influence. It wasn’t just him… I looked down and frowned upon people who had no self control.
but as fate would have it, I became the thing that I despised, I couldn’t recollect events, I couldn’t remember if I insulted someone. All I knew was after I woke up the next day, I had a feeling that something bad happened. At one point I didn’t even know why I was drinking, I just had to drink. I tried counselors, but it was all just hog wash.
I have great sympathy for people who are suffering from addictions.I understand the devastating effects that it can do to you and to the people who love you. But the worst part is you end up isolating yourself from others and drowning yourself in depression. There is no magic formula to overcome addiction; for some its religion, for others its sheer will power.
But I know that one thing that really matters a lot to the addict is the unconditional love and pain that a person feels for them. Only love can conquer an addict, because most addicts don’t care about their own life. Their self worth is zero. Real love, pain and concern from another person can eventually break even the most hardened addict.
Pray continually for the addict, there is no point in trying to control his actions, because its temporary and wont last. Maybe you are feeling pain and anguish for someone you love that is struggling with an addiction. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, pornography or something else, you don’t have to stand by and watch your loved one suffer. You are not powerless in this situation, because God wants you to come to him with the struggles that cause you pain. Here are three Bible verses you can pray when supporting a loved one battling an addiction:
- Pray for your loved one’s brokenness and emptiness.
He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds. – Psalm 147:3 (GNTD)
- Pray for your loved ones’ freedom and deliverance.
If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free. – John 8:36 (GNTD)
- Pray for your loved one’s restoration.
Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (GNTD)
If you have a special someone who needs prayer, please let me know. I will remember that person in prayer.