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Overcoming Addictions

How can Christians overcome addictions like smoking, alcohol or Internet in today's environment? How long will it take to be completely free? Thanks

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There is something we must know and understand sin has the human race in bondage and because of this man has become vain in his imagination and his foolish heart was darkened.Romans 1,21 When i heard the gospel and repented and was baptize with the holy spirit something happened to me. I was addicted to different things and i live a riotous unrighteous life .One day I notice all the ill things I use to walk in i was anymore.It wasnt any of my doing so I aksed God what happened to me an he said I have deliver you an d Romans 7,8 came to me to back up what had spoke to me when believers receive the holy spirit they receive forgiveness for sin and are delivered from being held captive by sin deliverance from the lust of the flesh
---laverne on 6/1/09

God can do anything... but fail. It is our human weaknesses that hold us back. Usually we are getting some type pleasure from our habits and addictions,regardless of what we say. When we tire of something or it no longer gives us pleasure then and only then, will we be willing to give it up. Then at this point God comes in to help us. As long as we are insincere and playing around,God is not in that. When we get serious with God,He gets serious with us. Then miracles and blessings begin to happen in our lives. When things are out of whack and we are living defeated lives,we need to look within and seek God's face. Usuallythe problem is with us. Not God.
---Robyn on 6/1/09

For the internet I made a goal of not going on it for one week. Then I made a goal in the future of not going on it for a month.

I don't know about smoking and alcohol, but I know that in my struggles with another addiction, prayer has been effective.

There is no set length of time that will let you know when you are free, but if the Son has set you free, you are free indeed.
---amand6348 on 5/21/09

sue....Rehab centers do not do drug/alcohol tests on their graduates to see if they are still straight/sober to get their stats. In many cases, the centers don't even know where their clients go to after they have completed the programs. How could they possibly keep track of the thousands of people who go through rehab yearly? The program I worked in had 500-600 people go through their doors every year. The only way a Christian can overcome addiction of any kind is to walk away from it, just like any other sin.
---SusieB on 4/9/09

Susie: If a person did a blood or urine test you would know if they stayed clean or not. No need to be with them 24/7.
---sue on 4/8/09

Any stats that any rehab puts out cannot possibly be validated. Nobody knows who is staying sober/straight for sure. And, there is absolutely no way anyone can keep track of everyone who completes a rehab program. You'd have to stay with everyone 24/7 to know the truth.
---SusieB on 4/7/09

Stats show that with physical addictions, if one decides to stop, if he goes to a church, his chances of being free from the addiction after one year are about one in twenty. If he goes to a rehab, one in twenty. If he goes to a 12-Step program, one in twenty. If he tries just on his own, one in twenty. That's how it is. I worked with addicts for years. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 4/4/09

John~ You MUST get into God's word and read it and obey it with all your heart. Remember the Bible teaches we are either slaves to God or slaves to sin. Will you choose to live for God or let sin enslave you?

Please choose the fear of God, for those who live in wicked unrepentant sin are not His. (Read the book of I John carefully for how to discern the truly saved from those who are not).

You must FIGHT this wicked world and put on God's armor every day. Smoking is a speck sin, but God does not condone drunkenness or sexual immorality etc. (Rev.21:8,Gal 5:19-21 etc)

Read Gal 5:16-18 which tells us to WALK IN THE SPIRIT and the Spirit conquers the lusts of the flesh! Do it for the safety of your eternal soul. God bless you.
---Anne on 4/3/09

John, you said,
"How can Christians overcome addictions like smoking, alcohol or Internet in today's environment?
This answer is, God will remove those habits of yours in His own time. The Spirit with its continuing convictions will get you to leave those habits if you are a child of God. If you stop on your own power you will go back to it again and again. When God does a work in your life, it is a perfect work. There is so many habits we all have. The Christian walk is a cleaning process for God in our lives.
---MarkV. on 4/2/09

Until I believed God would not want me to do something and I was convinced I wanted to walk away from it, it didn't happen. Offer those things to God as burdens you can't handle yourself. Reach a point where you are willing to admit you can't handle (or hide) them. It is a difficult thing for us to realize we are special to God and He would like us to stop hurting our bodies and spirits with those things. Study the Bible to learn who you are as a child of God. Who you REALLY are and you will see why it is important to change. We are to be "come outers" in the world but not OF the world. To shed the crutches we must learn how to walk for God.
---mikefl on 4/1/09

Millions of men and women over the centuries have been completely delivered by the power of God. They are serving the Lord daily as his ministers. The one thing they all had to do was to give up what they were using to the Lord. The first step is yours. The Lord will help you with the other steps. My husband was an alcoholic thirty years ago and smoked 2-1/2 packs of cigarettes a day. The Lord delivered him and he serves HIM daily. His life changed when he got born again. He no longer had the same friends. They thought he was crazy and would come back to the gutter he left. He didn't!
---SusieB on 3/31/09

Many churches offer Celebrate Recovery groups. You can Google that and find one near you.

I participate in Alcoholics Anonymous, because I believe that alcoholism is a disease, which is chronic and such a program helps me keep it at bay.

While I believe that God can and does heal many of their addiction, I also believe that it is not always His way of helping a person with an addiction. For some, like me, my journey of recovery needs to include programs like AA or Celebrate Recovery.
---Trish9863 on 3/30/09

Recovery programs such as AA use twelve steps that help people to get back on track. In recovery, God, in your understanding is your Higher Power. Many in recovery also use the Life Recovery Bible which incorporates the twelve steps in with the scripture to further help in recovery. Recovery is a life long journey. It's like growing up as a Christian - you never stop learning and being guided by God. The answers are not completely fulfilled until you go home. As there are different levels of walking on a spiritual plane with the Lord and becoming a "mature christian", so is the process in recovery as well.You first must admit you are powerless and go from there with doing footwork. He'll handle the rest. God Bless
---Lesla3685 on 3/30/09

Whom the SON has set free, is free indeed.

Cry out to God to set you free and let God reach deep down inside your being and unlock you from the addiction.

Tell God what you want to be free from and then seek Him by prayer and worshipping Him and fasting, whatever way you want to.

Seek the Deliverer and He will provide the Deliverance. Amen?
---donna8365 on 3/30/09

We have some programs in our church but they are very costly and time consuming and have little results. There is nothing better than good old repentance. People just need to repent of these sins. I find that the baptism of the Holy Spirit brings on repentance and truly changes people instantly.
---john on 3/30/09

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