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5 Bible Verses to Help People who are Struggling With Addiction and Substance Abuse

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As you or someone you know may have struggled with long term addiction, alcoholism or substance abuse, the bible can offer a source of light in an otherwise dark and lonely world. Many have struggled to find sobriety and many have received a helping hand through their own spirituality with a personal connection to Jesus Christ.

God is love and the bible promises that god is always with us. Through our faith in God we will receive help when we are weak, god will forgive our sins and heal our hearts. In the darkness of addiction we shut ourselves out from the rest of the world. When we lead a lifestyle controlled by alcohol or drugs, we avoid our family, our friends and we ultimately disconnect ourselves from God’s unconditional love.

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God’s unconditional love can be a beacon of light while recovering from an addiction.

Many people in recovery have been greatly helped by a “higher power,” a personal relationship to God with the benefits of forgiveness, healing and hope. This personal relationship can give a person the motivation to stay on track towards recovery and sober living. Many people claim that once they surrendered themselves to God, they found their commitment to real recovery. These experiences are exemplary of various biblical scriptures that anyone in a substance abuse treatment program can relate to.

  1. Corinthians 10:13

    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

    This verse has long been cited in the field of addiction recovery and sobriety. In this verse, Paul warned us about being overconfident. Thinking we are stronger than we actually are can cause us to be vulnerable. The real promise of hope in this verse is the fact that God will always provide us with the strength to say no. God’s strength is our strength to bear.

  2. Corinthians 6:12

    All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.

    This verse is generally associated with sexual temptations and immorality, but you can apply the greater psychological concept towards any form of negative temptation. You may have the lawful right for instance, to consume any substance you could imagine but not all things are going to be helpful to you. Other things like alcohol or illicit drugs have the ability to dominate you and turn you into someone who you truly are not. Paul seems to preach moderation here but the point is that while all things could be legal, not all are beneficial to you. Ultimately, you should not allow yourself to become a slave to your own personal liberties

  3. Corinthians 15:33

    Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.

    The moments in life where we find ourselves swayed by bad influences are always much easier to identify in hindsight. We are always vulnerable in life and our experience reacting to these vulnerabilities can potentially make us stronger or weaker. Here, Paul warned about false teachers leading people astray from the teachings of Jesus Christ. But this is pertinent to patients in recovery, as addicts may have been led astray by their dark lifestyle that surrounded them during their period of substance abuse.

  4. James 5:15-16

    And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

    For anyone in recovery, hope is a cornerstone in the path towards sobriety. This verse is a lovely reminder that God can heal you, forgive you and give you the strength to carry on. When you are going through drug or alcohol rehab, temptation can seemingly lurk around every corner. While attending a Christian rehab center, God’s word reminds us to be honest and good in personal character. Through God’s watchful eye, we can maintain a constant vigilance to keep us in the light and away from the darkness.

  5. Romans 5:3-5

    More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 

    Everyone in this world will experience trials and tribulations. God knows that we can become stronger through conflict. God’s ultimate love is our redemption from the suffering we experience as we navigate through the difficult times in our lives. Our moment of rejoice comes when we realize that no matter how bad our lives became, no matter how long we were addicted, there is always hope and a chance for a new life. God’s love is always there and we can find hope, courage and strength throughout our recovery if we remember this one simple fact.

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    Addiction can be a struggle for your loved ones. Substance abuse is not a moral failing. Help them find God’s light again.

Comments 8

  1. Is it possible for a man to be a part of something bigger and not know it. Or for him to know it but choose to live in shame and misery because he feels he is to far gone and doesn’t see a way out of it without having serious consequences. I’ve had a couple things happen to me that could not be achieved by man so I know God exist. They were positive things. However; in knowing that what I’ve witnessed spiritually, why would I choose to suffer and continue not to receive the Holy Spirit full force. I know by my spiritual experiences that God is real. How broken down do I have to become before I see the seriousness around me and turn my life to God and only God. I just wish I knew how to deal with this before its too late and I miss the opportunity. Thank you for your time. Devin F.

    1. You are NEVER too far gone, don’t believe the devil’s lies!! God’s grace is way bigger than that! Just repent in reverence… ask God to forgive you and give you the Holy Spirit. I have no doubt He is with you and very close to you, you just have to humble yourself to that place of asking Him in with an earnest heart. God bless you, I will pray for you!! Your heart is in the right place!

    1. Overcoming some addiction. Still working on alcohol addiction. I never doubt that my lord loves me or that he is my lord God. I believe Jesus died for my sins. Not having confidence in the Lord isn’t my problem but having confidence in myself. Being strong enough for what the Lord wants me to accomplish and believing I can accomplish it. That is what scares me. How do I give up the things I don’t need that hold me back to do his works is the things I NOW need to work on. I am a child of God. Just trying to find my way

  2. I enjoyed this reading on addiction, I have been smoking for 43 years and I am tired of smoking, I have prayed for the Lord’s help and I have used Chantix, I tried cold turkey but I will not give up and I don’t want to keep giving in. Help me, Lord.

  3. Found the article very helpful. I have a teenager who I recently discovered has been vaping and may have been abusing drugs. I freaked out and was confused. I’d like a christian solution but just don’t know how. may be a christian rehab

  4. I’m a living witness of the power of God to deliver us from our addiction. I was on drugs and alcohol for 25 Yrs I smoked as well. In February of 1999 He showed up in my life at a Christian Rehab in South Florida. And my life has never been the same. Yes I struggled a bit along the way but I’m clean and sober. All these years I’ve lived my life to give back to other what God did in me. I now volunteer at Christian Rehab in Alabama. PTL for His word have me hope and His word had kept me clean.

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