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Overcoming Addictions - Help for Christians

Christians and non-Christian alike battle with addictions and other behaviors that they find themselves struggling to leave behind. Through faith in Jesus Christ and placing emotional and spiritual health as attainable goals, we can all be overcomers.

This blog, produced by Certified Recovery Specialist Beth Livingston, is for people to exchange struggles and victories of breaking free from addictions and other hurtful behaviors.

August 2012 Entries

Is Addiction a Sin?

Do you believe that addiction is a sin? Stephen Arterburn: Well, I believe that every addict is deeply involved in sin. But I also believe that every sinner is addicted to their favorite sin, whether it’s gossiping or whatever. So, I think that they go hand in hand. I think addiction is a condition.

posted @ Friday, August 31, 2012 2:22 PM | Feedback (7)

Why Are You Addicted?

Slaves usually don't free themselves. Addictions are powerful. But there's a difference between a belief in a higher power as I define it (subjective), and an actual power that's actually higher and breaks me free from slavery (objective). True freedom, not only from addictive behavior, but from the underlying sin problem at its root.

posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 3:52 PM | Feedback (1)

Will the Cravings Ever Go Away?

The way of this world is to satisfy every whim without any thought of consequences and the effects on the lives of others. God’s way would be “good, pleasing and perfect.” We have to take captive every craving to make it obedient to Christ. When we want our own way, we make excuses and justify what we crave.

posted @ Friday, August 17, 2012 2:27 PM | Feedback (1)

Four Signs Temptation May Be Winning

A sure-fire sign that someone is not doing well in his or her recovery, or that they are struggling with an area of temptation is a severe lack of patience. For people who struggle with addictions, the sense of impatience is heightened because we are used to instant gratification. For the addict, it’s “get what you want when you want it or find a resourceful way to make sure you do.”

posted @ Friday, August 10, 2012 3:55 PM | Feedback (0)

Are You Enabling Your Spouse's Sin?

I believe God uses these devastating situations to bring us closer to Him. Because He created each one of us uniquely, He can show us what to do in every unique situation. Sometimes God will call us to stay. Sometimes He will call us to separate. Never will He ask us to condone or enable sin.

posted @ Wednesday, August 01, 2012 5:34 PM | Feedback (0)