Addiction is the state of being psychologically or physiologically enslaved to either a substance or behavior. Addictions are broken down into two categories: substance addictions and behavioral addictions (often called process addictions). Substance addictions include alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking, while process addictions cover a wide range of behaviors, including compulsive gambling, compulsive shopping and overeating. Often times addictions are a coping mechanism that people use to deal with other life stressors such as anxiety, depression or trauma.
While many people who struggle with addiction recognize the devastating effects that it has on their lives and those they love, they struggle to stop the destructive behavior. It is important to recognize that addiction is not simply a search for pleasure, nor does it have to do with one’s morality or strength of character. It is an actual psychological and physiological dependence that renders people unable to break themselves free from their bondage.
However, there is always HOPE, even for those who are in bondage because “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). God encourages those struggling to call upon Him in the day of their trouble and He will deliver them (Psalm 50:15). The first step is understanding that addiction cannot be overcome by sheer will power, God’s intervention is necessary and He is ready and willing to help! People are powerless over their addiction, but God can and will provide the strength, courage and support needed to attain freedom and restoration! Peter reminds us “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).
If you or a loved one you know is struggling with an addiction, there are many resources available such as professional counseling and community support groups.
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