“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.” – Mark 9:16-18
Most people don’t expect the Bible to say anything directly about addiction. Because the phrase “Thou shall not be addicted to drugs or alcohol”, doesn’t appear anywhere in the Good Book, many are unsure of the Bible’s stand.
But the tale above about a father seeking a way to help his son to stop hurting himself reminds anyone of their loved one’s struggles with addiction.
Fighting Modern-Day Demons
You might have someone close to you who is currently suffering from addiction. Similar to the boy in the story, that person’s attachment with these substances prove their battle with personal demons.
Addiction is one of the most damaging “evil spirits” in the lives of countless families. Like how the demons changed the boy in an instant, drugs and alcohol could also turn your loved ones into total strangers.
Helping someone with an addiction problem is difficult; so difficult that sometimes, it’s tempting to just give up.
Why Leaving is Easy
The consequences of addiction don’t just affect the user, but those around him as well. When the effects of alcohol and drugs kick in, the user easily transforms into negative beings. They become annoyed, unstable, or physically present but mentally absent.
The feeling of abandonment and sudden change is enough to anger anyone. It’s easy to just give up on them; let them wallow in their own misery.
But you shouldn’t. Remember: God didn’t give up on them, so why should you?
Renaissance Ranch Ogden, a gospel-centered recovery program, encourages families to continuously love their family members or friends. God’s love should remind you of second chances. After all, He doesn’t focus on your mistakes; He helps you get back again.
Never give up on the people you love. The power of prayer remains relevant in bringing the person back to wholeness. God is sovereign, which is why you never give up.
Change can happen. With constant prayer and lots of support from family and friends, you will see major changes in your loved one in time.