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CAN I WIN OVER DRUGS AND ALCOHOL?
A drug is any substance that produces physical, mental or psychological changes in a person. Man has experimented with drugs for centuries, trying to escape reality. Today millions of people use drugs to some extent, from caffeine to cocaine and heroin. Anyone can and will become addicted to any drug if they keep using it.
Drug users come from all walks of life; from homeless people to those high up in society, even those ruling our nation. Why do they use drugs? They come up with many reasons: insecurity, fear, guilt, doubt, disappointments, warped sex lives, immorality, frustration, stress, peer pressures, fierce competition in sports, trouble in the home, etc. Thr excuses people come up with are non-ending!
Once a person is addicted, they live in an extremely deceptive and imaginary world. Their feelings and emotions are paralyzed; their mind is filled with mental denials and delusions. They live in a helpless state, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
If an addicted person is to be helped, they must realize they are in trouble and they must admit it. Then they must totally abandon the people and surroundings which have so terribly tied him to the drugs.
Recently I wrote to a Christian brother, and asked him for help. I knew of several people with drug and alcohol problems, and I did not know what to say to them. Our dear friend and brother, Nolan, answered with the following. His testimony is for drug addiction, but it can apply to alcohol addiction as well. He has given me permission to use it. I truly hope and pray the words of someone who has overcome the addiction to drugs might help you.
To anyone who is “suffering with drug addiction:” first off, you must be “sick and tired” of being “sick and tired.” You must know in your heart and mind that you need help, and that you are powerless against your addiction. Amen!
When I say you are “powerless,” I mean you have no control over what happens to you. I lived with my cocaine addiction for at least twenty years. I lived in a state of “denial.” Where does denial come from? Satan! What is denial? It’s a lie! Denial is how an addict thinks.
Denial is a psychological mechanism, or process, by which human beings protect themselves from something threatening to us, by blocking knowledge of that ‘thing’ from our awareness. But, why would we want to block out something that is killing our body and mind? We deny that this ‘thing’ existing in our lives is ‘below the level of awareness.’ All this is done subconsciously, which means we do not know in some cases, and in others, we are unwilling to admit that ‘it’ exists.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (KJV) . . . Listen to me, my friend, what you are up against comes directly from Satan! The problems overshadow or cloud your ‘activity’ so much that you are unable to realize or recognize that the drug or drugs circumstances or events are actually happening.
Satan is not through with us. Being in denial impairs our judgment, which causes us to lose the ability to make wise decisions; which results in self delusion, which locks the user into an increasingly destructive pattern of living. (A vicious cycle!) At this stage, we lie, deceive and steal from family and friends. And just a little later, from people we don’t know. We are now becoming a danger to ourselves, as well as to others. Think about it!
You see, this process of denial has many faces which may manifest or characterize themselves in any one or more forms. This is some of the user’s traits:
(1). Maintaining that something is not true, which is indeed a fact, and very obvious.
(2). Minimizing; admitting wholeheartedly to the problem but will not admit it is serious.
(3). Blaming; denying responsibility for certain behavior; placing the blame on someone or something else.
(4). Rationalizing; offering excuses and alibis. Trying to justify or explain for behavior.
(5). Diversion; changing the subject to avoid discussion of the topic that is threatening.
(6). Hostility; becoming angry or irritable when reference is made to the problem causing the conflict. This is a defense to back the challenger off the problem. Denying the problem won’t just make it go away, or wear itself out. Denial is progressive and will kill you!
The affected person sets up such an elaborate system of denial that it pervades their entire personality and becomes so entangled that they are extremely difficult to penetrate. The first and most important thing for a user to do is find a friend who is a believer in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ; someone they can trust and confide in. People on drugs, and in denial, have built up a wall that they think protects them from others. A true friend can help you tear down that restricting and destroying wall. True believers in Jesus can be loyal and trustworthy friends and help users face a devastating experience and overcome it. In the Name of Jesus, demons flee! Praise God!
Last, but not least, those addicted to drugs can “use their rules and tools.” These are: The Father, the Son, prayer, faith and love. Don’t just sit there and feel sorry for yourself! Get up and start making changes in your life. Associate yourself with people who have strong faith in Jesus, those who demonstrate it in their daily lives. If you associate with such people, their faith will tend to ‘rub off’ on you. Strong faith is infectious. Get infected with faith in Jesus.
Think! Shift from a negative to a positive outlook in your thoughts. Add up the possibilities, and depreciate the impossibilities. It will be then that you will begin to take on the characteristics of a person of faith.
Thank you Nolan.
I have added the following: If you become a believer in Jesus, He will always be there to help you. He will never leave you, no matter the circumstance. Don’t just profess to be a Christian, show it. Take a stand with Him. Saying you are a Christian does not make you one. Going to church does not make you one. You must believe God and willingly turn your life over to Jesus; lock, stock and barrel! NO hold backs! If you truly want to stop drugs or alcohol, He can and will help you, IF you let Him.
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (KJV) . . . Believing in Jesus makes you God’s child. Jesus has the power to make you “born again” into God’s family, and He also has the power to help you whip drugs or alcohol. Trust Him! You can’t do it alone, but with His help and His strength, you can do anything.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (KJV)
Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (KJV)
Luke 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. (KJV)
1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: (KJV)
James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (KJV)
May the Lord give you wisdom to go to Him in prayer, and ask Him to help you. He will!
Anxieties, Hardships, Pain and Troubles,
Plague us in This Life on Earth
Trials in this Life on Earth
A Heart for God
Adversity, A Bridge to Paul
Adversity, A Bridge or a Burden
All People Are Called, Few Respond
Can I Win Over Drugs and Alcohol?
Causes of Hardships
Dealing With Anxiety
Describing a Heart For God
Faith, Different Stages
Faith, Progressing In
Follow God With Your Heart
God's Promises to the Persecuted
God Is Well Able
God of Promise
Hold Fast to the Bible
How to Maintain Hope In Adversity
Listening to God
Living Godly In An Ungodly World
Persecution of Christians
Reason For Persecution
Renewing of the Mind
Riches of God's Grace, A Treasure
Seeking God's Guidance
Seeking God, When He Cannot be Found
Seeking God, Today's Heresy
Seeking God, WHY Should I Seek God?
Temptation, God's Promise
Temptation, Guarding Against
Temptation, Preventing Backsliding
Temptation, Resisting Sin
Temptation, Responding To
Temptation, Satan's Goal
Testing the Faith
The Christian Life
Three Commands to the Wicked
Universalism and the World to Come
Waiting on God
Waiting on God, WHY Is It Wise?
Warnings in Romans Chapter 1