“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!
Have you ever made friends rather quickly? At first you think you have so much in common until you soon realize you have nothing to share. The ‘appearance’ of your new friend fooled you and the qualities you saw in the beginning don’t even exist. It was some deception. This often happens in basic friendships and in dating relationships as well. If you think back, you would have fought to your death with anyone who told you differently; however, the pain was dreadful when you found out it wasn’t everything you thought it was. It was a violation…a betrayal. You were hurt because the friendship went bad along with losing some self esteem in the mix. You figured your radar was correct when it was truly off. You’re left to pick up the pieces of your heart as well as feeling some self confidence was lost.
What else does the above scenario remind you of? If you’ve been in an addiction, your best best friend – your drugs and/or alcohol – gave you up. They lied to you. They said they would make you feel comforted and that they would rid you of your painful memories of times past. You quickly learned that this seemingly wonderful love affair soon became slavery and bondage that you hated…with no apparent way out. That’s what drugs do. They will stroke you, lie so boldly that they trick you, they will (at first) give you a false peace and calm…then, they will bite you & take your life as they take your loved ones hostages.
Please seek help. Contact us or contact someone else; just get help for yourself or your loved one. People in addiction don’t have tomorrow; sometimes they don’t have the next heartbeat. Death comes without warning.
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.
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.”
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.