Having faith doesn’t mean fear, doubt, chaos, temptation or troubled times won’t enter your life. It doesn’t mean that devastation and darkness won’t ravish your life at one point, either.
Having faith is the steadfast confidence that things will work out, even when you are lost, even when you are in the middle of an abysmal storm and even when you’ve crash landed on your rock bottom. Faith is knowing you have the strength to endure and stand taller than ever before.
When it comes to substance abuse – however deep and heavy it may be – your Protestant faith can help you weather the battles of addiction. If you’re ready to quit using drugs or alcohol and live the life you were made to lead, you must awaken the dormant energy inside you, lean into your Protestant faith with every fiber of your being, and wholeheartedly begin your journey toward sobriety.
Learn how faith helps addiction and how your Protestant faith can be the one thing that truly helps you start anew.
Your addiction has single-handedly made you lose sight of who you are. You’ve been wondering aimlessly with a selfish, empty heart that was only focused on your drug of choice and your next high – no matter the cost.
The road you’ve been traveling has been tumultuous and empty of true purpose and hope. In some small way, even if you don’t actively acknowledge your faith, God has tried to reach out to you and ask that you reconnect with Him. Did you hear him? Feel him?
Sometimes, it’s the tough moments that make us learn, grow, shape our path and bring us back to Him.
An addiction is a cyclical, damaging cycle that takes claim of everything from your health to your behavior, from your good intentions to your faith.
If you are struggling with an addiction, the first step toward hope, sobriety and a newfound purpose is to place your life in the hands of God.
Through faith, addiction can dissipate. Through your faith in the Loving Creator of the Universe, you can be guided out of your toxic, perpetual rhythm.
Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Your addiction can make you constantly feel broken, defeated, hopeless and adrift. But when you place your heart and soul into your faith, you will see that you do not have to exist in these states of desolation on our own, and you never have to carry any burden without help.
Here’s how your Protestant faith can help addiction:
Once you become addicted, your mind and behavior becomes very predictive.
You spend your waking moments running in circles, trying to minimize your body’s fall from its current high and trying to catch the next train to euphoria.
When moments turn hard or uncomfortable, you run to your substance and use it to chase away painful or unpleasant feelings. You place your whole heart into dangerous, temporary things. You’re in pursuit of fulfillment by your comfort state of mind.
When you choose to run into your faith during difficult times, you will revel in something greater than yourself – God’s holy love, wisdom and power.
God longs to fill you. He wants to fill you with peace when you’re experiencing chaos, happiness when you’re experiencing exhaustion, and healing when you’re experiencing devastation.
He wants to help you begin again, regardless of your sins. He longs to draw you back to Him, to live in his almighty, unconditional love and guidance.
More times than not, your addiction has made you feel invaluable. It has clouded your perspective and made you lose all belief in yourself.
When you have faith and exercise your ability to pray and communicate with God, you will realize that even when a hurricane of emotions is roaring inside you and your heart shatters into a million pieces, you will be ok. It just takes time, trust, and faith.
Through your Protestant faith, you are never alone, and you are loved endlessly. Even when you feel all hope is lost, He is with you and He will never leave your side.
1 Peter 5:10: And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Even when you commit to turning your life around and quitting your addiction, pain will still surface in the form of withdrawal, triggers, temptation and other, everyday life occurrences. But while pain is inevitable, feeling empty, alone and weak is not. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has carried our pain for us. You must now accept this love and walk in His ways.
Feelings of isolation and emptiness can stop the moment you enter a faith-based addiction program. Bidding farewell to your addiction also means you’re ceasing all negative habits and relationships.
In sobriety, who you surround yourself with matters. At a Christian-based addiction treatment center, you will immerse into a community of other recovering addicts. These individuals will know exactly what you are going through and share the same drive and goals. Since peer support can lend increased motivation to achieve sobriety, you will be surrounded by supportive individuals.
Once you re-enter society as a sober individual, you can begin to forge new, healthy relationships and connections that will help you remain sober. Your church is a great place to start.
Romans 5: 3-5: Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Your faith plays a pivotal role in addiction recovery. As a renowned faith-based drug rehabilitation center in Southern California, Covenant Hills is a safe place to find peace and connection throughout the recovery journey.
We deliver world-class addiction treatment with a dedicated team of medical doctors, licensed addiction therapists, and counselors who will empower you to achieve your goals of lifelong sobriety.
Through our whole-person approach, we’re here to help guide you back to the person God made you to