Christian drug addiction is a heartbreaking experience for individuals, their families, and churches. No one intentionally sets out to become a full-fledged drug addict or alcoholic. Yet despite all the warnings millions of people become addicts. Why? Because prior to that first puff, snort, or drink, the mind has already been self deceived by thinking: “I won’t become addicted, I know when to stop or I can handle a few drinks or getting high a few times.”
Every day it seems like the same thing. You come home and your loved one is high on marijuana or cocaine or has been drinking heavily. Your partner could even be addicted to painkillers.
Every Christian that is not in heaven still struggles with sin. Many struggle with addictions. Addictions to marijuana, to alcohol, to pornography, to gambling, to overeating, to shopping, and so many other sins. Is there any hope in breaking the chains of addictions? Since many Christians struggle with the sins of addiction they begin to doubt their own salvation. What can a believer do to escape…to overcome their sin?
There is a great deal of wisdom in the old saying, life is as hard as you make it. This truism definitely applies to life in recovery from addiction. The attitude and behavior of the individual will make a real difference to how they experience things.
When it comes to acknowledging the opioid epidemic, the U.S. has been faced with some harsh realities over the past several months. Perhaps most notable is a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicates the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 is now accidental death by drug overdose. The 2016 count of lives lost exceeds 64,000, a 19 percent increase from the previous year's 52,000. These figures are heartbreaking.