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Biblical Passage about Addiction

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Bible Versus about Addiction

What other passages discuss recovery. Anything about change or transformation is relevant . . .

Inner Child​

Matthew 18. At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The Grown Up Child​

1 Corinthians 13:11. But when I became a man, I put away childish things; now that I am become a man, I have done away with childish things. No specific time at which he put away childish things is alluded to, but he means that "manhood" is a state in which childishness should have become impossible.


Bible Verses about Change
 
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Thanks Susannah, I enjoyed reading them
My favorite is still in Romans 7 where Paul talks about his "addiction"

I was doing well, I hadn't taken any drugs for over 10 weeks
Then I went to jail and relapsed on the very day of my release
I'm so pathetic, wretched as Paul describes it

I was really enjoying going to NA meetings
But three people approached me on different occasions
Unhappy about something I had said

One of them criticized my Christian faith. Because he had been abused as a boy by a priest he expected me to reject the faith all together. Not go to church or confession or pray or anything he was unhappy with

Another attacked me for being a homophobe and told me I wasn't welcome when all i had spoken about was the bible

And another told me that I was thinking too much and told me to stop reading about philosophy, psychology, God and all the other things I like learning about

And still another person took what I said in 3 minutes and made a whole bunch of sweeping assumptions that were false. He even went as far as to exaggerate what I had said, he lied basically

Thinking back i should of stood up and rejected their stance against God. Instead I thought I was being good by not getting into an argument with them by disagreeing

All that did was made me not want to share anything or talk to anyone. I lost trust in the people there and the whole program. All cos I was too weak to stand up for God, too cowardly to defend my faith against attack
 

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I am so sorry you ran into NA and AA's major flaw. Their prejudice against Christianity. AA began in the Oxford Group which was a Christian church. You can google the history of AA and see its Christian origins.

When asked where the power behind AA came from, Bill Wilson pointed to a picture of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane.

In most parts of the US the groups praise Christ as their Higher Power. Cities are different. I always stood up for myself when I was criticized. I was told not to talk about Christ and psychology. LOL This was in 1982 the year I got sober.

Today I do not go to regular meetings, I go to Celebrate Recovery which is a Christian 12-Step program. Just find a meeting in your area.

If you go to a regular meeting take what you need and leave the rest. Find others who are Christians by stating out loud that Christ is your Higher Power, no matter who criticizes you.

At first Christianity was suppressed to make the agnostics feel comfortable. Now it is out of hand. Originally, before you could come to your first meeting you had to get down on your knees and surrender to Christ. [third step]

I hope this helps. Most addicts need help. that is AA's great contribution. God is not enough for some people. They need structure, sponsors, ad peer support.
 

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Thanks Susannah

I saw many Christian parallels in the NA 12 step program and did learn about it's AA Christian origins. That's why I found these people to be hypocritical cos the program says to look towards a "higher power of your understanding". To be fair to had many more people give positive feedback to me, 50 or 60 perhaps. It was only the handful that discouraged me. I was also seeing a counselor which I stopped

So the same thing happened to you in 1982. Wow, ok.

It's a shame because i really feel that it's a huge help cos I do need structure, peer support, sponsors, i need reminding, to be held accountable, to hear about other peoples stories, to get things off my chest. It really is a valuable tool which is why i want to get back into it as soon as this C19 lockdown is over

I was thinking of acquiring a Christian based counselor as well cos this is a real spiritual war for me. I think the scientific approach to counseling is great but inadequate.

So Celebrate Recovery is a Christian based 12 step program.
Ok i'll look into it, i hope it's here in Australia

Thanks for your help Susannah it's much appreciated

May the Lord be with you
 

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I used to hear in the rooms that out of a hundred people if we get one negative response we take that to heart and ignore all the positive affirmations. If 50 people supported you you're in good hands. I also used to try to talk about psychology and was told to keep my mouth shut but now it's very common to talk about underlying issues that should be handled in therapy. Dual diagnosis is also accepted now. Addicts are like other people. A
lot of them are just prejudiced and narrow-minded. But you'll find your place. When it comes to knowing Christ, those agnostics don't know what they're missing. I feel sorry for them.
 
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