Imagine your favorite food. Would it be chocolate, ice cream, bread or pasta? Then imagine that you have an urge for that food times one thousand twenty four, seven. That’s what it’s like for Mitch and Sara. They are recovering heroin addicts. If Mitch was your son, or Sara was your granddaughter, where would you turn? Who would you seek to get help? Would you have $36,000 to pay for a month of treatment in Florida? A 60 minutes report shared that there were 2 million meth users in our country last year. 210 million opiate prescriptions were filled last year. That’s enough for 24 hours of medication for every American for a month. 15 thousand people died from opiate overdoses last year.
What alternatives do we have available for the Mitch’s and Sara’s of our society?
Would medication be the answer? Could self-help groups rescue them? Perhaps
professional counseling might help? The truth is, most all of the methods being used
today seek to bring a sense of peace or serenity to the struggling addict. They are:
Trying to calm down the brain.
Ben has 2 years of peace.
Marvin has 5 years of peace.
Jim and April have 8 years of peace.
Ben and Tracey have11 years of peace.
Mark has 10 years of peace.
Mike has 11 years of peace.
Adrin has 15 years of peace.
Does this mean that they never struggle or have issues? No, but they have found
peace and made it their home base. So how have they done it? What have been the
secrets of these “peace-seekers?”
1. They identified their “powerless factor.” Ben finally admitted that he was
powerless to alcohol. After DUI’s and all the shame and embarrassment, he
came to accept the fact that he has an allergy to alcohol. Mitch and Sara came
to peace with the fact that heroin was not manageable and it did nothing to
manage the pain and stress of their lives. Nothing really happens until we
admit our need and hopelessness when we are on our own. The Apostle Paul
lived this model. He knew that a monster lived within him and that only the
Spirit if God could tame it. “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is in my
sinful nature, because I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry
it out,.” Romans 7:18
2. They traces the source of their cravings. Once these friends came to agree
that they could not win the battle with the person, substance, sought the
root-sources of their struggles, they found that they most often were not the
addictions themselves. Whether sexual abuse, having been bullied, abusive
parents or simply having succumbed to the peer pressure of the culture,
there was a sense of woundedness in their struggles. They learned that their
beliefs drive their behavior and the beliefs like, “I’ll never be good enough,”
and “I’m an addict and will always be an addict” had created a false self
that drove their behavior. Jesus tells the Church in the book of Revelation,
“Remember where you have fallen, repent of your sin and return to doing
your first good works.” Revelation 2:5
3. They became solutions-focused. Rather than live in the past and constantly
bring up “war stories” and recount “the good old days,” these people have
learned to live in the here and now. They constantly adapt and work with
whatever life may bring there way by developing alternatives and solutions.
4. They put Jesus in the very center of their struggles. They invited Jesus
to do what He does. He forgives sin. He heals broken hearts. He transforms
lives. They learned to become consistent in inviting Him into every struggle
and every situation. As they gave Him access to every part of their hearts,
they were transformed from the inside out! Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, “I
stand at the door and know, if you will let me in, I will come in and we will be
5. They joined a healing community. In order to develop accountability and
continue the path of discipleship, each of them attended Recovery for Life
meetings for a period of time. Most were there foe several years in order
to seal their newfound way of living and experience a community sense of
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