When drugs or alcohol become a regular part of our daily routine, or we require them to cope with life, we likely have a chemical dependency (addiction.) No matter what the cause of our addiction, as Christians we can call on God to forgive us and help us heal. Our healing, and forgiveness comes from God when we ask for his forgiveness; we just confess our weakness to that which stands between us and Him. We repent from using drugs or alcohol confessing the use of them as our denial of God’s mercy and grace in our lives. We confess we need God’s help because we cannot refrain from using them on our own. God will then forgive us.
Our confession will not necessarily eliminate our desire for these chemicals. We will need to work daily on our temptation and learn how to resist how the flesh cries out for drugs and alcohol. Our deeper emotions must be healed. What drugs and alcohol have supplied as coping resources will have to be unlearned. With God’s help you can do it! Surround yourself with godly people and get involved in activities that include teaching from the Bible. Become involved in church and seek relationships with mature Christians who will pray with you. They will be your support group and provide the sincere encouragement you will need. Stop seeing those whom have tempted you in the past in your addiction, they are destructive in your recovery process.
There are those who may need a more formal rehabilitation process, one that provides professional assistance in establishing a solid foundation for chemical dependency recovery. God uses different methods for helping us be healed. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for His help in your healing and seek His chosen professionals.I am very thankful we have a merciful God who will help us, forgive us, and heal us! Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).