If you didn’t get a chance to read my devotion, When Your Mess Becomes your Message, you can do so by clicking on the title.
Addiction is one of the most important problems facing this country today. Most of us probably know someone who has a problem with substance abuse, be it alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. One of the flaws of our culture is the importance it puts on using mood- altering chemicals or experiences to normalize life. We are constantly conditioned by advertising to look for material solutions to emotional and spiritual problems. A perfume or new car will make one desirable. A vacation to Hawaii is needed to relax. Buy some new clothes of fine material and chase away the blues.
On the contrary, the use of the material world to satisfy our needs isn’t the problem. The problem is the false dependency which the mind can create in response to substances which are palliative or pleasurable. This is especially true with mood-altering chemicals. There is evidence some of us may have a genetic weakness which makes us vulnerable to addictive behavior. Others see it as the result of a harmful social environment. Whatever the reason for the arising of addictive behavior, no one ever starts out with the goal of becoming dependent on alcohol or tobacco. Most insidious addictions begin with pleasure or relief from pain. As the behavior is repeated and the emotional payoff is reinforced, the brain forms strong internal patterns of attachment. With each intoxication, the habit becomes stronger and stronger.
How do I know?
My brother was addicted. Tomorrow, check out my interviw with him and read about His amazing tansformation.
In the meantime…
If you’d like to leave the name of the person you’re praying for in the comment section, I’ll join you in prayer.
“Whom the Lord sets free is free indeed!”
Micca Campbell—Helping Women Live Carefree in God’s Care