Christians can be a help and hope to those who struggle with addiction. Learn more about drugs, alcohol, temptation and redemption, along with useful information for supporting and encouraging someone whose life is controlled by addiction.
If you have a family or are engaged in a community of people, it doesn’t take long to find someone dealing with addiction. Whether it is a member of your family, small group participant or a member of a congregation, there is someone near you who is struggling. So what do you do when someone you love has an addiction?
This article discusses five ways we can try to wrap our arms around those who struggle with addiction and point them to the Savior who is acquainted with and can shoulder their sorrow.
Millions of people tell of the total loss of control of their lives they experienced through substance abuse. Around 20 percent of the U.S. population has abused prescription drugs. The sense many have that these are safe because they are legal has led millions to ruin. Prescription drug abuse has become the nation’s fastest growing drug abuse problem, killing more people annually than cocaine and heroin combined. Illicit drug abuse destroys users even more quickly.
I was addicted to drugs at 18 years old. I started developing an addiction at 14 and had a daily habit by 15. When I was 18, I began working for a guy at a mall kiosk who was a Christian. Through many conversations, he would seek to convince me why Christianity was true. For a year, I was very hostile to the conversations. At a time when I was very depressed and wanted some kind of relief, I finally, readily agreed to read the Bible. He suggested that I read Matthew because it was the first book of the New Testament. So I read it, God opened my eyes to his saving grace, and I became a Christian.
If you are a parent who is hoping and praying for your young adult to come to a point of wellness in spite of a mental health issue and various addictions, then this podcast is for you. And if you are someone who is struggling with a co-occuring diagnosis, this podcast is filled with hope just for you.