“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!!!
The voice of someone in addiction is silenced by the drugs and alcohol that have them in chains and owns their soul. If you listen very carefully, you can hear their cries of despair. Their silent voices are carried in the wind that, if you pay close attention, brushes against your face as they walk by. Their unspoken words are simply, “help me out of this madness“. Listen for those words and rescue your friend…your loved one.
I have a friend who really wanted to help kids in trouble and in prison. He wanted to make a difference in their lives by telling them about his. He would talk about how he wished he could tell kids that addiction is cruel…it’s a friend for a few weeks and then it becomes your worst enemy that you cannot get rid of. Working with kids in trouble…that was his dream…all he wanted to do in his life. The problem was that he was in an addiction he thought he couldn’t get free of. No one ever mentored him. No one ever told him his life mattered. No one held him and said, “it’s going to be alright”…no one! It was impossible to convince him that his life does matter and that his dream can come true. My husband and I were going to help him to make that happen. He just couldn’t make the ‘choice’ to be free of his addiction. Yesterday, after two emergency hospital visits, he was sent home to die. His liver has failed. It’s a matter of days now. He chose his addiction over God and His way out to freedom. The world and the 12 Steppers already had gotten to him for years, telling him he will never get free. They told him the lie they tell everyone seeking help; they told him he would always be a hopeless addict unable to deal with relapse after relapse and that his ‘disease’ was fatal. How EVIL! Because of AA & the ‘Steppers’, I am losing my friend. AA not only doesn’t work…not only destroys one’s spirit…it’s pure evil from the very pit of hell.
I tried to lead him to the Cross. That is a decision of choice, not force. My friend made the wrong choice. There are many troubled kids out there who will never know of my friend’s love, compassion, wisdom and victory. Those kids will be missing a great and awesome mentor and precious human being.
Remember that someone in addiction is not a criminal or a diseased hopeless mess. They are people in despair who have made bad choices to use drugs and alcohol to relieve their depression. They saw no other way out, so you need to reach out and get them the proper help they need.
My heart, once again, is broken. Father, in Jesus Name, heal my heart so I can get back up and keep walking this road you’ve put me on to help those in the darkness of addiction.
This is how it ends when you choose not to end your addiction.
This is how your loved one will end up if you don’t intervene and rescue him or her.
The victim is the user and he/she can’t make the choice for himself or herself most of the time…unless you intervene.
Addiction takes hostages…the family.
Addiction owns your soul until it’s ended.
Jesus came so that you can be set Free Forever…without steps….without being tagged an ‘addict’…without sponsors…without wagons…without ever looking back.
Move forward ………………. with Jesus! Today.
I’ve been saying it for years. My basis for knowing that Addiction is not a disease is by my own healing and the healing of others that I work with. There’s also the use of my ‘rational’ mind and deductions that just make sense. Addiction is a choice…a very lethal one; nevertheless, it’s a decision one makes and then quickly gets taken over by the body-snatching quality of the drug. I am putting the article below about another who believes as I do. I have come under much scrutiny because of my reactions of utter shock at the lunacy of the 12 Steppers along with all their false antics. It’s actually laughable. Let’s see what the scientific article below has to say. There is, I must say, a revolution now that agrees with me. To date, there is ZERO evidence that supports the disease ‘theory’. It’s just the theory started by a madman spiritists named Bill Wilson & Bob Smith…both idiots and psychotics.
Part of what makes addiction so compelling is that it forms a kind of conceptual/political crossroads for thinking about human nature. After all, to make sense of addiction we need to make sense of what it is to be an agent who acts, with values, in the face of consequences, under pressure, with compulsion, out of need and desire. One needs a whole philosophy to understand addiction.
Today I want to respond to readers who were outraged by my willingness even to question whether addiction is a disease of the brain.
Let us first ask: what makes something — a substance or an activity — addictive? Is there a property shared by all the things to which we can get addicted?
Unlikely. Addictive substances such as alcohol, heroin and nicotine are chemically distinct. Moreover, activities such as gambling, eating, sex — activities that are widely believed to be addictive — have no ingredients.
And yet it is remarkable — as Gene Heyman notes in his excellent book on addiction — that there are only 20 or so
distinct activities and substances that produce addiction. There must be something in virtue of which these things, and these things alone, give rise to the distinctive pattern of use and abuse in the face of the medical, personal and legal perils that we know can stem from addiction.
What do gambling, sex, heroin and cocaine — and the other things that can addict us — have in common?
One strategy is to look not to the substances and activities themselves, but to the effects that they produce in addicts. And here neuroscience has delivered important insights.
If you feed an electrical wire through a rat’s skull and onto to a short dopamine release circuit that connects the VTA (ventral tegmental area) and the nucleus accumbens, and if you attach that wire to a lever-press, the rat will self-stimulate — press the lever to produce the increase in dopamine — and it will do so basically foreover, forgoing food, sex, water and exercise. Addiction, it would seem, is produced by direct action on the brain!
(See here for a useful Wikipedia review of this literature.)
And indeed, there is now a substantial body of evidence supporting the claim that all drugs or activities of abuse (as we can call them), have precisely this kind of effect on this dopamine neurochemical circuit.
When the American Society of Addiction Medicine recently declared addiction to be a brain disease their conclusion was based on findings like this. Addiction is an effect brought about in a neurochemical circuit in the brain. If true, this is important, for it means that if you want to treat addiction, you need to find ways to act on this neural substrate.
All the rest — the actual gambling or drug taking, the highs and lows, the stealing, lying and covering up, the indifference to work and incompetence in the workplace, the self-loathing and anxiety about getting high, or getting discovered, or about trying to stop, and the loss of friends and family, the life stories and personal and social pressures — all these are merely symptoms of the underlying neurological disease.
But not so fast. Consider:
All addictive drugs and activities elevate the dopamine release system. Such activation, we may say, is a necessary condition of addiction. But it is very doubtful that it is sufficient. Neuroscientists refer to the system in question as the “reward-reinforcement pathway” precisely because all rewarding activities, including nonaddictive ones like reading the comics on sunday morning or fixing the leaky pipe in the basement, modulate its activity. Elevated activity in the reward-reinforcement pathway is a normal concomitant of healthy, nonaddictive, engaged life.
Neuroscientists like to say that addictive drugs and activities, but not the nonaddictive ones, “highjack” the reward-reinforcement pathway, they don’t merely activate it. This is the real upshot of the rat example. The rat preferred lever-pressing to everything; it dis-valued everything in comparison with lever-pressing. And not because of the intrinsic value of lever-pressing, but because of the link artificially established between the lever-pressing and the dopamine release.
If this is right, then we haven’t discovered, in the reward reinforcement system, a neurochemical signature of addiction. We haven’t discovered the place where addiction happens in the brain. After all, the so-called highjacking of the reward system is not itself a neurochemical process; it is a process whereby neurochemical events get entrained within in a larger pattern of action and decision making.
Is addiction a disease of the brain? That’s a bit like saying that eating is a phenomenon of the stomach. The stomach is an important part of the story. But don’t forget the mouth, the intestines, the blood, and don’t forget the hunger, and also the whole socially-sustained practice of producing, shopping for and cooking food.
And so with addiction. The neural events in VTA clearly belong to the underlying mechanisms of addiction. They are necessary, but not sufficient; they are only part of the story.
Remember: normally there is a dynamic quality to our actions and preferences, just as there is with those of rats. We enjoy exercising, but we soon get tired or bored. But rest, too, soon loses its appeal. We eat, and then we are sated. And then we are ready for the tread mill again. And so on. Things have gradually changing and complementary values. In addiction, this dynamic goes rigid. The addicts goal assumes a fixed value, and the value of everything shrinks to zero, and with terrible costs.
Our strategy was to look for systematic effects that all and only the addictive drugs and activities have on addicts. And we’ve found what we were looking for. The effects are behavioral and experiential. The things that addict us all produce a very distinctive breakdown in the organization of our preferences, actions and choices.
Is addiction a disease of the brain? This strikes me as a dubious falsification of what is, really, a phenomenon that can only be understood in terms of the life, choices, needs and understanding of the whole person.
The above article take from THIS SOURCE.
A little advice from Dina:
Choose not to use!