The Gift of Addiction
Having worked in the field of addiction recovery for ten years; living at two residential facilities and witnessing up close and personal the “sacrifices” addicts make to keep their addiction going got me to thinking of a different paradigm. Now stick with me here, this is not your typical dialogue about addiction.
Think about it. In order for the addiction to keep going, for the money to come in, for the illusion to endure, and for the con to continue; it takes mad skills!
Here’s the shift: What does it take to quit? Way more than you can imagine.
Right now in your midst are recovered addicts. In your family, in your church, in your neighborhoods. No one asks for addiction. It always has deeper roots connected to pain, loss, abandonment, abuse; something. But there is no excuse to stay there.
Michael Phelps brilliantly shared how the pain of divorce drove his addictions. A must “see” story in the link here.
Nor can we judge. Every child growing up in the same home with the same parents will experience that journey with a unique veil of their own, based on their personality and perception. By the grace of God there go you, if you escaped addiction.
A recovered person knows many things clearly. First, they must remain diligent and militant about the signs prior to relapse.
- They look in the mirror and fight every day.
- They have faced brokenness, shame, death, defeat, guilt, regret and have won.
- They faced loss of friends, family, jobs, money, children, careers and fought back.
- They have developed character.
- They love, accept others, offer grace and forgiveness better than those who have not been blessed through addiction struggles.
- Their future is clearer because they do not want to repeat the past.
They know that humility is not weakness but character strength, and will face it again if need be.
Blessings to you! Prayers for pressing in to your Savior and seeking his adoring face to shine upon you and yours. Now you have choice, live abundantly.
Believe is a verb.
2 Corinthians 5:15-17 And He died for all, that those who live should no longer livefor themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one according to the flesh. Although we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! …
Transformation is a road worth navigating. Stay on it my love, power and peace to you. Gretchen Maurer