Living with the Addicted
Growing up as a child, I didn’t realize I was living with an addict. My father, whom I loved very much, was an alcoholic. Some would characterize him as a “working alcoholic.” He was an extremely hard worker even in his addiction. I can only remember one vacation we ever took as a family and that was to Las Vegas, NV–––Not a fun trip for a kid.
Alcohol was definitely used as an excuse to start a fight and leave home to get drunk. I have seen my dad so intoxicated that he passed out on the front lawn. It embarrassed me to see him this way and I know it was painful for my mother, as well. I remember going to work with my dad–––he was the manager of a liquor store. I would play in the store taking inventory of all the different kinds of alcoholic beverages he sold–––Not an appropriate play ground for a child.
I am thankful that God has allowed me to experience life with the addicted because this has given me the opportunity to reach addicts. Sharing the Gospel with women in substance abuse, gives them hope through Christ. Without the Lord Jesus Christ, they are beyond remedy in their sin.
Are you living with someone that is suffering with addiction and you’re wondering what you can do to help them? Loving those who are in substance abuse is essential. They need to be loved when it’s hard, when it hurts, and when they are unloveable. They need to see their problem in view of God’s Word and the solution that will make them free. God uses our struggles with sin to diagnose the true problem or condition of the heart, rebellion.
Rebellion against God is an issue we often avoid. To have true freedom there must be repentance. To repent means we are confessing our sin to God and forsaking that sin. Anything other than giving God the authority to remove this sin from our lives is self-centeredness. Submission leads to godly living and a renewed mind. Thus, this transformation changes one into the image of Christ, God’s dear Son (Romans 12:1,2).
Prayer: Lord, I confess my sin of rebellion against You. I am acknowledging that I have sinned, and that this sin must be forsaken. Thank You for Your forgiveness.