What Would Jesus Do to Help Save Someone from Addiction?
Addiction is a big problem in the world today. Many people are addicted to many different things, or more than one thing — drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, sex, even the Internet. Many people think that those who suffer from any type of addiction are trying to fill an emotional hole in their lives; they are using their addiction to fill that hole, and the more they try the bigger that hole gets, always asking for more.
Jesus cannot control anyone’s addiction, but he can be present to offer support and guidance to those who are willing to take it. This help comes in many forms. Following are several of the ways that Jesus tries to help addicts in need of direction down the path to freedom the perpetual monkey on their backs.
Lead A Horse
You can lead a horse to water…many of us know that familiar phrase. It applies in particular in the case of an addict. Jesus can help someone realize that they have an addiction, but it is the addict who must make the decision to do something about it. Without the resolve of the addict to want to work towards recovery, any plan to free themselves from addiction is challenged from the start.
Jesus would encourage an addict to seek help from a higher power. Sometimes prayer does not appeal to a particular addict. As long as they are able to surrender power over their addiction to someone or something in which they can put all of their trust and faith when things get rough, they stand a much better chance at keeping their demons at bay.
Having the resolve to do what it takes to succeed at recovery is essential. An addict must be willing to go to therapy, support groups or self-help groups — whatever works to help them avoid triggers and achieve and maintain recovery. Some of the things that an addict needs to address in the recovery process are:
- The healing of bad memories that may have originally led to an addiction.
- Forgiving oneself for any regrettable actions that one may have taken while in the hold of addiction, as well as forgiving oneself for becoming addicted in the first place.
- Working on establishing healthy relationships, such as repairing any damage to relationships with family or friends, and staying away from those who helped draw you into your addiction, especially if they are not in recovery.
- Developing healthy boundaries with everyone in their lives. Letting people know that something puts too much pressure on you or may activate a trigger for relapse is important to get comfortable with.
Get A Mentor
Established bad habits need to be broken, for good. New, more positive feelings about oneself need to be established. Having a friend or mentor who will be there for you, no matter what, is a great leap towards reaching your goal, avoiding your triggers and staying healthy, happy and addiction-free.