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Breaking addiction – part 2 February 7, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour.
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Even though the battle is extremely hard to overcome addiction, one golden rule must be applied to succeed. “For know and understand, that in this unseen war all are losers except a man who never ceases to struggle and keep his trust in God; for God never abandons those who fight in His armies, although at times He lets them suffer wounds. So fight, everyone, and do not give ground; for the whole thing is in this unceasing struggle. God is always ready with remedies for those struck down by the enemies and with help for overcoming them, which He sends to His warriors in due time, if they seek Him and firmly hope in Him. At some hour when they least expect it they will see their proud enemies vanish[1]”. So never, ever, ever, ever give up.

When we “put on Christ”, we put on an indestructible suit of armor. On those occasions when we lose a battle, the armor has not failed us; we have just taken it off and gone into battle unprotected. By far the most common cause of this is self pride. Self pride will say ‘I don’t need God, I can battle myself’. This self dependence is an absolute guarantee for failure.

Once we start to slightly overcome our addiction, i.e. we abstain or a few weeks, we start to think about our holiness. Abstaining for a short time doesn’t indicate holiness but only a move towards putting up a fight. Even total abstinence over a long time doesn’t indicate holiness; it just means that we have stopped doing something harmful to us. In other words abstinence is not a virtue; it is just an act to avoid harm.

If we struggle and move towards abstinence never get carried away and think that you are suddenly holy. Remember the ugly images of yourself at the very bottom of practicing your addiction habit. Visualise your worst moments of addiction and then self praise disappears.

We can go further to dispel pride during an addiction battle. Visualise your most shameful moments and picture a large audience pointing and laughing. Consider the praise you may receive compared to what you would receive if your ‘audience’ saw you in your most sinful moments.    


[1] Victor Mihailoff, Breaking the chains of addiction, pg 54, 2005

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