What is Addiction from a Christian’s Perspective?

Spiritual Perspective to Addiction

What is Addiction from a Christian’s Perspective?

November 17th, 2015 in Addiction

Addiction in Christian Terms

Addiction is a complicated subject itself, when adding in religion it can become more complicated or become simplified, depending on how you look at it.

According to Jimmy Monaghan from Celebrate recovery, who has a Clinical MA in Counseling Psychology and in Counselor Education addiction is “engaging in a behavior or ingestion of a substance that creates life unmanageability.”

One definition of addiction “to occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively.”
This definition speaks volumes in the Christian faith because as a Christian nothing should be more important than seeking out a life in Christ.

Monaghan said that while in the grasp of his addiction getting the next high, the next fix the next escape of his life became more important than anything and everything else.

He called it a “Slow spiritual suicide instead of the pursuit of life.”

Power of Prayer

People suffering from diseases often look for spiritual healing, this is why there are churches and shepherds in hospitals to help people through these difficult times.

There is no reason why addiction should be any different.

Depending on the denomination and beliefs, some Christians don’t see addiction as a disease. In some cases, it is seen as another form of the human condition.

Biblically speaking addiction happens when something goes wrong with the desires of the person. Something that once was controlled has now taken over and now stands in between you and your relationship with God by becoming aa false idol.

In either case prayer can help the healing process and get the addict’s life and spiritual journey back on track.
Rick Warren from Celebrate Recovery states on its website, “To my amazement, I found the principles of recovery, and even their logical order, given by Christ in his most famous message, the Sermon on the Mount.”

Praying and focusing on God can help give a person power over his or her addiction. The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”

Small Groups and Support Groups for Addiction

Christion support group are not new by any means, in 1816 John Wesley’s “Rules for Small Groups” was written. It gave an overview of what the purpose of Christian small groups was and how they should be run.

Support groups or small groups are where believers get together and are honest about their struggles, they become accountable to and for one another. They build bond around mutual needs and pray for each other during hardships.

Addiction is a hard thing to overcome but most Christians believe with prayer, scripture and a strong support system, which can include rehab, it is not something that cannot be controlled.

  • amysatori 16:31h, 18 November Reply

    Addiction is gluttony. It’s allowing something else to be your God. God should be the one you lean on for your every need… not substances. Gluttony distracts you from even knowing God at all.

  • Kelly 20:51h, 23 November Reply

    Addiction can be controlled, but you need faith that you can control it. Praying to God for e the answers and help is the first step. He will guide you to were you need to be. Then it’s up to you to do the rest. You are the one that needs to get rid of all the “Devils” in your life.

  • Angela 12:45h, 16 December Reply

    It is a very heavy situation on any one, its not so much a God answer than to understand the fight in a flesh bondage then anything else, how deep is the hook? how strong is the support system? How many enablers? the strength it requires for someone to be there consistently. in a battle, the tole it take on love ones, the heartache and expense it puts on the family, that don’t want to measure their love by cost.

  • Angela 13:04h, 16 December Reply

    the addiction of it on a christian, it start to manifest its ugly head, it will not only put you in the pig pin, but keep everyone you love and that try to support you in the pig pin as well, its a very ugly place to be, some addictions and quiet, invisible, some are very open, disgraceful and will keep you in bondage with balls of chains, but when its truly your time, God will put in place those who will beable to decipher the Gift from the trash. Dis guard the trash not the Gift, we lack those with the understanding on how to abstract from the Earthern vessels where God says His stuffing the treasury.

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