“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.
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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!
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.
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.”