“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Cor 5:17
May God bless your brand new life when you come to Jesus!
Yes…those who end their addiction become ‘new’ too!
Our God is a God of many second chances.
All addiction is, is sin…a bad choice…a substitute for HIM gone wrong; there are NO substitutes for God.
He understands your search. He hopes your own personal road leads back to Him.
As an Addictions Coach and a pioneer of changing the face of addiction in coming against the 12 Steppers, I’m not your favorite person coming down the street. Users question why I say hello, families draw back thinking I’m going to give them the Rescue talk, and for the few that addiction doesn’t affect, they’re afraid I’ll suspect that they’re ‘addicts’. I guess I can’t win a popularity award around anyone these days…except for those who I coach through their darkness and who come out the other side in victory. It is for those lives that I’m here.
If you see me in your neighborhood, don’t bolt; just talk to me. I’m there because you need to be rescued. I’m there to stop you from dying. I’m there because God saved my life from a terrible addiction in order to save yours. It’s not easy…just worth it. You’re worth it.
The healing obtained through God is forever…without steps…without wagons…without being labeled an addict ever again. God brings freedom and hope.
My good friend and brother in Christ wrote the books below. If you’re ready for change & not ready to join with others, please get these books and work on your own. You will be greatly blessed!
I learned how to end addiction for those trapped in it, by going through my own personal torture with it and by my near death from a life of addiction. From my total breakdown, Jesus held both my hands and walked with me to my breakthrough of Victory. Now, I walk others through it, just the way Jesus walked with me. No…it’s not by climbing any invisible ‘steps’ or by any declaration of being ‘powerless’ (no one is powerless ever). It’s not by getting some sponsor who is no better off than you are either. What’s the answer? Simple. It’s God; His name is Jesus. He’s not allah or budha or some trophy or tree. I’m speaking of the One true God…the Holy One of Israel…our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
The one and only change that needs to be done in your life is to get ‘born again’ of God’s Spirit. That simply means that you have a private chat with Jesus…ask His forgiveness for all that you have done that is displeasing to Him…and, promise to walk in His footprints for the rest of your life. Then, do what you have promised!
It’s not magic…it’s just God. The ‘Spill Out’ portion is a proper detox which is medically supervised for your safety. That must be done to to cleanse your body of all of the toxins brought on by the drugs and/or alcohol. At the same time this is being done, you need to spiritually detox as well. This is done by receiving Jesus as Lord or re-committing your life to Jesus if you once knew Him but fell away from your faith. This is a far greater ‘cleanse’ than the medical one because you are asking God to ‘cleanse’ you from all unrighteousness. It’s not saying words that do this…it’s your words in action. It’s a full 180 degree change from your old life to the life that God intended you to live.
The most important detail to all of this is that as soon as the ‘spill’ begins, you must fill up with God & His Holiness. How? God question. You ‘eat’ the Bible by learning all about God’s character and how much He loves you. Read from cover to cover. The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever“. With this being said, you need to learn about Him from the first book of the Bible to the last. This is the time to fill up on God’s Word and do all that He says to do. It’s not hard…just different from the rebellion you have been in since you were born. After a time, this will all became second nature to you and you joy will be full. Just as you cannot quit eating food because you will die, you cannot stop reading and learning of God or you will die spiritually and probably return to addiction and, what I call, death row.
Here’s where the rubber hits the road. Don’t just be filled with God…fill yourself to overflowing. You will always be ready to face anything with Power and a Rational Mind. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind“. You will never fail. Keep in your ‘overflow’ mode also by being around other true believers. Surround yourself with people of God who will be there for you always. In these days and times, it’s a little more difficult but very do-able. Fellowship is vital for your health – spiritual and physical. I have developed a fellowship which is very powerful and healing called, Addicts No More. Come on over and have a heart to heart. We don’t judge you…we just hold you up and love you…just as God does. I am in the midst of lining up a team around the US that will make available support fellowship in addition to our online from home fellowship that is in action right now.
All that matters is that we get through this life
with peace, joy & happiness through God
End up in heaven together forever.
Your Life Matters!!!
But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, Because they trust in Him.” (Psalms 37:39-40)
“The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)
“You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.” (Psalms 71:20-21)
“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalms 73:26)
“Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalms 126:5-6)
“For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; Nor has He hidden His face from Him; But when He cried to Him, He heard.” (Psalms 22:24)
“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalms 9:9)
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalms 34:19)
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalms 18:2)
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
· “Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more” (Isaiah 54:4).
· “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of thy peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee” (Isaiah 54:10).
· “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).
· “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men. Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence, from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:19-20).
· “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:7-8).
· “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4-5).
Jesus says, in Matthew 11:28…….
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Will you come to Jesus? He will take your addiction from you & breathe new life into your very soul.
There is a common thread amongst ALL those in addictions. What is it? Well, there’s the well known emotional pain that everyone knows about. Then there’s the unspeakable dependence that everyone isolates as descriptive of a ‘criminal’ mind. Hogwash!!! So, everyone who uses is a criminal? It’s about time that addiction is decriminalized. Is everyone insane?
Addiction is a symptom of despair. Let’s wake up! If it can be properly defined, it can be successfully treated. We need to understand addiction as a spiritual problem that demands a spiritual solution. It’s NOT a disease and it it NOT forever…unless you will it to be so.
God liberates the addict (I use this term only for your understanding…in our treatment, we do not allow this word ever to be used.) Jesus came to “set the captive FREE”. This includes addiction. If you, yourself are in an addiction, I understand it appears too hard to ask for help; however, your alternative is a death sentence. You matter! Your life matters! I will work with you if you allow me. If you have a loved one in an addiction, contact me and we can talk. It’s too late when you receive that ‘phone call’ telling you that you need to come to identify their body. Today is the day!
Most who have experienced addiction do not know how to process emotion. Either the addiction stunted their emotional growth or they haven’t been in touch with their emotions for too long a time. How do you help your loved one deal with this? Time, understanding, sound Biblical counseling. lots of love, compassion and unconditional support. It’s normal for them to go through. Just be there and know that it’s not easy. They need you despite what you hear come out of their mouth. Remember that while they were using, they didn’t have to deal with much of anything. It’s all new.
In 2 Corinthians 9:8, we’re told, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
I walked a walk with Jesus that I thought was good…from 1979 all the way to 2007. I found out, however, exactly what my God meant when He said, “Your righteousness is as filthy rags”. Dr James Kennedy, who is in heaven now, made a very funny but true statement when he said, “I don’t want to hang around with any Christian I wouldn’t want to be handcuffed to when they die”. Our walk is our own and it must be worked out “with fear and trembling“. (God said that, not me.)
It began when I was just 11 years old in New York City, where I was born and raised. I learned from my mom that Valium is the perfect candy for whatever bothers you; just pop one when you’re felling blah. My dad, on the other hand, handed me wine, beer & Scotch for those anxious times I had. I very quickly learned that popping a pill or two and drinking a one drink or more is the perfect solution to ending my emotional torment. I didn’t know Jesus then so, yes, I was tormented by life in all ways. I was the only survivor and seventh child of eight children born to my parents. Yes…that was very challenging (to say the least) for my parents to work through. As for me and my family, death was an everyday ‘thang’…and life sucked for all of us. I didn’t know that Jesus was watching and waiting for me to come to Him; I just had no clue back then.
Without going on and on about my life right now, you can read between the lines, I’m sure. You can most likely tell that my Addiction began at age 11. It wouldn’t be until many, many years later that I would find myself to be brand spanking new to human emotion. I was so numbed by drugs and alcohol that I never ‘felt’…I never processed through any emotion except for that of despair…until my awakening in 2007. It was not until then that I realized I could have compassion…that I could cry…that I could feel joy…that the peace beyond all understanding was mine as my inheritance from Jesus, and I finally ‘felt‘ it and knew it. It is just in the past five years that I have known true human emotion and it’s awesome. When you ‘wake up’ from drug addiction, the world is beautiful; even what isn’t beautiful is beautiful.
My point right now is that I am of the firm belief that had I died when I was supposed to (in a coma), I would not have made it to the heaven I was planning to go to. Although I had been ‘saved’ in 1079, on May 10th, my walk consisted of a deep rooted ‘idolatry’ being that of Addiction! I didn’t know that then but I know that now. You can commit to love the Lord your God but you MUST walk in His ways…not yours. God truly humbled me when I came to that realization. If you disagree, which you are entitled to do, remember to read your Bible first…the parts about ongoing repetitive sin being that of idolatry; not to mention the sin of ‘drunkenness’ as well. No one can keep doing the same sin over and over and over again, and be expecting the blessings of our God. It just isn’t who God is. He is Holy and rightfully to be respected and obeyed. Dueteronomy has become my theme song to those I help with addiction…in that it is all explained as to what happens with ongoing sin. I will God’s Words of Deuteronomy 28 below. Judge for yourself. Rightly divide the Word of God and do what He says. It’s His way, not mine…not yours…not theirs…just His. Remember, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever”.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Curses on Disobedience
“But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:
“Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.
“Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
“Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
“Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. The Lord will make the plague cling to you until He has consumed you from the land which you are going to possess. The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish. And your heavens which are over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you shall be iron. The Lord will change the rain of your land to powder and dust; from the heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
“The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them; and you shall become troublesome to all the kingdoms of the earth. Your carcasses shall be food for all the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and no one shall frighten them away. The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed.The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart. And you shall grope at noonday, as a blind man gropes in darkness; you shall not prosper in your ways; you shall be only oppressed and plundered continually, and no one shall save you.
“You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall lie with her; you shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but shall not gather its grapes. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be violently taken away from before you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have no one to rescue them. Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look and fail with longing for them all day long; and there shall be no strength in your hand. A nation whom you have not known shall eat the fruit of your land and the produce of your labor, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually.So you shall be driven mad because of the sight which your eyes see. The Lord will strike you in the knees and on the legs with severe boils which cannot be healed, and from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
“The Lord will bring you and the king whom you set over you to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods—wood and stone. And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the Lord will drive you.
“You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it. You shall plant vineyards and tend them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off. You shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity. Locusts shall consume all your trees and the produce of your land.
“The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
45 “Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. 46 And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever.
“Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. The Lord will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you.
“They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the Lord your God has given you. You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you. The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind, so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter, her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates.
“If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues—great and prolonged plagues—and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed. You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.
“Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone. And among those nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you; you shall fear day and night, and have no assurance of life. In the morning you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were evening!’ And at evening you shall say, ‘Oh, that it were morning!’ because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because of the sight which your eyes see.
“And the Lord will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”
If you’re in an addiction and you’re a Christian, there’s an end to all the insanity. Addicts No More is a branch of our Addiction Ministry we call Teshuvah Road where we take you on a Holy journey to total and complete deliverance. You will be Free Forever. If you’re not a Christian, come anyway. None of this is about money…we turn no one away. You can do this from home with us. It’s simple and it works. It works because God works! My God is way bigger than any addiction. Addiction has an end. It’s not a disease and it’s not going to return. God never makes you climb 12 steps only to keep tripping on them and falling down. He also has no imaginary wagon to fall off and get back on. Addiction is sin. Jesus died to free us from our sin. Do the math!