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leslie ... Please do me (and others) the courtesy of actually reading our posts.

Please answer the question about how my friend was in sin, be being affected by an alcoholic drink she did not even know she had drunk.

And please don't tell me I need to be freed and healed. I am NOT and never have been an alcoholic, or nay type of addict.

---alan8566_of_uk on 2/4/11

Trish, alan of uk, and ALL others - I STONGLY suggest you get the book "A More Excellent Way to Be in Health" by Henry W. Wright. It will show you things you never even knew and help you out tramendously to be free and healed.
---Leslie on 2/4/11

This shows that we are trying to find the answers, that we are trying to help ourselves and each other.
We are going to be forgiven a lot of things, if we can forgive.
Identifying problems is the first step in solving them.
We are taught aggression and greed and intimidation.

---danny-o on 2/4/11

Donna, but that is a lie. Our works are more than good enough, and not only are they good enough, they are commanded to be done always and at all times, no excuses. And especially not the excuse that nothing you do is good enough for salvation, for that word is from hell and not from God.
---Eloy on 2/4/11

Leslie . So you agree my friend was not sinning.

yet the affect of her being given that alcohol unknowingly was catastrophic ... because of the physical and medical alcoholism which still remained in her in spite of not having drank for years.

This is the point ... she is still an alcolic, even though she does not drink,

Alcoholism is not the drinking, nor the craving, but is a medical condition.
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/4/11

satan takes a verse or a snippet of a verse and puts it into a wrong context, and then he blasphemes saying, See, God says, blah blah blah: when in truth God says no such thing. I'm glad I do not believe the brain-washing blasphemies spuing out from "so-called" Christian churches. Unsaved sinners and synagogues of satan who wrongly call themselves holy Christians continually proclaiming antiChrist and antiScriptural bunko is becoming very boring. And this planet is becoming in dire need of a great upheaval of sorts, a washing of fire throughout to burn off all the draught, says the Lord. But if you are truly Christian then you have no worry, for the fire will not burn the fire, as in Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
---Eloy on 2/4/11

Leslie: I admitted I was powerless over alcohol, that I had no control over it, and that because of my drinking, my life was unmanageable. The disease is the physical addiction combined with the psychological compulsion. When I drank alcohol, that was a sin. My physical addiction and psychological compulsion are not sins. I am not doubleminded at all.

I think between 21 years in AA, and a Masters in Social Work, I have a little more knowledge on the subject than you do. I have worked in rehabs and psychiatric facilities with alcoholics and addicts, in addition to attending AA for 21 years.
---Trish9863 on 2/3/11

Sugar was my first drug. Some could call it an instrument of bribery. Then TV with all of its pacification encouraged my laziness.
With the advancements they've made in psychological programming in recent decades, it is no wonder there is an increase in medicine and decline in faith.
People are going to have to start over if they can't afford their 'psych' drugs (prescription, booze, weed, tobacco, crack, etc.) when we want to dump all the aggression we've accumulated in our minds.
Now, after having discovered Gods' mercy and grace, I will not fathom blocking the view of Jesus' light by taking unnecessary drugs.
---danny-o on 2/3/11

alan8566 of uk and Trish9863 - 1st alan of uk - Your friend is not in sin if alcohol was given to her without her knowledge. The people that did that would be in sin. 2nd Trish - I know you are NOT free from alcoholism because you 1st will NOT admit your alcoholism is a sin (which is the 1st step in AA - admitting you have a problem called sin), and also because you say alcoholism is a disease but say you have to take responsibility (thus you are in doublemindedness and unstable). Which is it, it cannot be both - if you have to take responsibility, that means it is a SIN, NOT a disease. You are unstable, which means you are still an alcoholic, NOT free yet. I know this from being around alcoholics.
---Leslie on 2/3/11

The whole point is realizing our need for God instead of mind altering 'feel good' to 'fit in' chemical abuse, as compared to disciplining our lifesyles and being clearheaded enough to be sure of and of having Jesus truth revealed to us as He promised.
Having been through rehab on a few different occasions, I did great with the prayer and support while there. But, after leaving this safety net without my own further observance of Godly priciples and prayer, led to my eventuall turning back to and dependence on things that cloud my judgement, and sabotaged Gods true blessings for me.

---danny-o on 2/3/11

Danny-o, Peter, Eloy--
Realizing that none of the works we can do are "good" enough to "earn" Salvation is entirely different from disobeying the direct commands of God.

If we truly love the Lord, we desire to please Him by obeying even if it isn't what we ourselves want. But nothing we "do" out of obedience or any Christian impuse, makes us "worthy" of being saved.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
---Donna66 on 2/3/11

Peter, Yes, bless James', for he feels as I do about them whom say with their mouths- Jesus is my Lord, but their works which are zero betray them for they have zero fruit and are therefore all likewise condemned. Indeed "Do nothings" and "Just Resting" are the same thing. For when God says, "Up, Go, Do, Work, Move, Obey, Repent, Return, Heal, Feed, Clothe, Help, Be fruitful,, Pray, Baptize, Lead, Preach, Make disciples, Prophesy, Edify, Give, etc. That means only one thing, namely, "Do action", and Not, "Rest and Do Nothing". For By Works Are You Saved Through Faith, And Faith Without Works Is Dead Being No Faith At All.
---Eloy on 2/3/11

Consider When God commanded Lot, Up and leave this city, if Lot would have said, No, I am just resting for I am not saved by works. Or else when God told Noah Build an ark for salvation, and Noah refused saying, No, not of works am I saved, But you build the ark yourself with your grace. Or even when God told Moses, Go speak to Pharaoh and tell him to let my people go, but Moses would answer, No, for by your grace your people will be let go, and not by my going nor working. Where do you think Lot and Noah and Moses would be, and the people, if they foolishly sinned by disobeying God's Command of Works For Salvation?
---Eloy on 2/3/11

Good post Eloy. We can't recover without our own effort. It goes back to what Paul said about seeing the need to change, and than asking for help from Jesus and God almighty - everyday - not just once a week.
When a persons actions and thought patterns become unmanagable without using recreational substances and they lose focus of the importance of reverance for God and for life, this is when unnecessary substances evolve into dangerous actions.
---danny-o on 2/3/11

Eloy: Certainly - That, I take it, is why James wrote his book! Because people where not doing things, but just 'resting'
---Peter on 2/3/11

Peter, no problem. I understand the mindset that says "I am nothing without God", but the problem with this mindset is that it often becomes stagnant and misuses this thought to justify nonaction and nonworks by mistakenly believing that "God will do it all, therefore I don't have to do any thing", when to the contrary God clearly says, "Go do my Works". "Faith" and "love" are not "Do Nothing" words, but are words of "doing action". So God Commands, Work, but the sinner answers No, Not of works am I saved. Thus God has no other choice but to reject that foolish soul for their fruitless sin of disobedience.
---Eloy on 2/2/11

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"Trish9863 - I can tell you what your problem is rooted in:" Leslie.

Leslie, you know nothing about me, and should not post saying you do. You don't know what my problem is, much less what it is rooted in. You are neither my discipler, nor my therapist, nor my AA sponsor. I take their guidance on my recovery issues seriously, because they know me and understand me. You are ignorant of my problems, needs, and AA as a whole.
---Trish9863 on 2/2/11

lESLIE ... Since you understand all about alcoholism, please explain how my friend had been sinning when she had not drunk alcohol for years, and then when unknowing, she drank some in a drink which had been tastelessly spiked.

She did not know she was drinking alcohol.

Where was her sin?

If you are not prepared to answer that I don't see how we can accept the honesty of your assertions
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/2/11

Eloy: Point taken and accepted

If I remember, I think I as responding to some other comment, but it's cler that the way I wrote it was wrong

---Peter on 2/2/11

Leslie, I am free of my alcoholism. I don't drink anymore. Drinking, for me, is sin. My alcoholism is a physical and psychological state of being that is not sin.

It's probably because you don't know what you are talking about that your posts are not making it to the blog. You don't know anything about addictions and therefore, should remain quiet and let us who do share what works.

I am sober, by the grace of God and AA.
---Trish9863 on 2/2/11

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There is no point in answering anything more on this blog, 1st because Moderator did not post my last 2 responses on how to get free from addictions and what addictions are related to. 2nd because it is clear that NONE of you are willing to admit that alcoholism and other addictions are sins, so until you do, you will NEVER be free from them.
---Leslie on 2/2/11

Most of the people who experienced bad things when young is because both mom and dad were not submissive to God. Maybe one but not the other. They lived a life outside of God so many thing went wrong. Even when both parents are submissive to God, children still get hooked into drugs and drinking. As AKA said, we are held responsible for what I do in life. Regeneration is but the beginning of the new life. That is why it's called "transformation." When a new believer comes to Christ, he carries with him many habits. The Spirit through sanctification is just beginning to clean people of their habits. They are forgiven for their sins, but the clean up has just began. It's a life long project of the Spirit.
---Mark_V. on 2/2/11

Peter, I do not agree that "only" God makes us victorious, for the truth is victory is "with" or "through" God, it is OUR Faith in cooperation or joined together in participation with God's Spirit which brings the victory. For if the soul does not act, step out, Move, Do, Work, then there is failure and not victory. You cannot walk on top of the water without first stepping out of the boat. And as far as other's misjudgments of me, I have zero care for what sinners in their spiritually dead minds think of me. For all that really matters is what Jesus thinks of me.
---Eloy on 2/2/11

There is no point in trying to explain how AA (or Gamblers Anonymous) works, because he/she is totally unable to understand the medical nature of addictions

Leslie ... will you please answer my post of 1/31 about my friend?
---alan8566_of_uk on 2/2/11

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AKA: I know about Al-Anon and other programs for families. I am the child of an alcoholic, and wish my mother had taken me to Ala-Teen. I grew up in a violent, unstable environment, where my drunken father tried to kill my mother on a regular basis. You don't need to educate me about the families of alcoholics.
---Trish9863 on 2/2/11

leslie-- You know little about AA. The 1st step is more than admitting to being an alcoholic. It is "We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable." (this is addiction)
It's a bit like coming to the Lord.
The 1st step is quite similar.(We admitted we were powerless over sin and our lives had become unmanageable). If you can conquor sin, you don't need a Savior. It's when you recognize your helplessness that you see your need for Grace..
The very next step is dependence on God. A "higher power" is the AA term.

An addiction should not be confused with an "habituation" that may be overcome with self-determination.
---Donna66 on 2/1/11

//If you study the 12 Steps, they are about taking responsibility for poor behavior, and also making amemds for wrongs done.//

Trish, you may not realize this, but families of addicts have 12 step and 8 step programs, too. You see, we are addicted to addicts. Was it our environment,,,is it our genes? We do not care. I am 100% responsible for my own behavior with no caveats or exceptions. I chose it whether I was genetically predisposed or not.

I went AA meetings before. One guy talked about a purrple God for about an hour, and another guy was cut off right when he said the J Word. Yes, it is spiritual. It is just not Christian. which say that we are excuses.
---aka on 2/1/11

Steve and Peter-- I think it may be a mistake to consider such ordinary dependencies as overuse of the computer, or over-eating as true "addictions" (I may be wrong about over-eating). We all have habits that are difficult to overcome. But "addictions", to my understanding, have a chemical component. Drugs, nicotine, alcohol are substances, the sudden withdrawal of which, cause adverse physical reactions.
Even withdrawal from "gambling", causes an unaccustomed depletion of adrenalin (the excitement hormone).

Other things are "habits" that can be quite firmly entrenched.
---Donna66 on 2/1/11

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Trish9863 - I can tell you what your problem is rooted in: you have lack of self-esteem, insecurity, and the need to be loved, also doublemindedness (Deaf & Dumb evil spirit) - all why you drink. The solution: (1) Repent (confess & turn away from) all sins and let them be covered in Jesus' blood. (2) Repent of all unforgiveness and cover it in Jesus' blood. (3) Separate the persons that hurt you from their sins, and forgive them. (4) Repent of all involvement in the occult/false religion and cover it in Jesus' blood. (5) Let the "glory light" of Jesus touch and heal your soul (mind, emotions, heart). (6) Command all demons to come out of you. (7) Let Jesus fill, cover, and touch you with His love.
---Leslie on 2/1/11

Mima: A good question.

My view is that almost everyone is addicted to something (if you want, you could say we are all addicted to food and air!)

I divide 'addictions' into three groups: physical, mental and spiritual

We are all made to be ADDICTED to God

Physical addctions are generally dangerous

But we often forget mental addictions - not medically recognised, but they can cause problems - would you go live in the Kalahari Desert with the bushmen for a year? The problem is not physical, for they would give you food - it is mental!
---Peter on 2/1/11

Danny-O: What do you consider youself addicted to?

I think the modern world is addicted to LOTS of things

How happy would we be to live a life than only keeps ourselves alive (two bowls of bread/noodles/rice per day, plur oranges to keep us helthy, one outfit to wear (remember Asterix- he always wears the same clothes) and medicine only if we were ready to die
---Mina on 2/1/11

I would like to ask a question. Can a person with an addition that he cannot break free of be saved?
What is your opinion?
---mima on 2/1/11

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I'll bring in another matter, related to ADDICTIONS

HOW many things are WE addicted to?

If you had to spend a week living as farmers lived 400 years ago (freezing in winter, working in the rain and cold, not having enough to eat), would you be OK

We all have the anger of being addicted to what we never have missed (try living for a week without your phone/computer - cold we be ADDICTED to those?)

They don't make us fall down in the street, but are they still addictions?
---Steve on 2/1/11

Leslie, again, you don't know what you are talking about. The 12 Step programs, like AA and NA are spiritual programs, and can be found in Biblical principles. Each of the 12 steps is based on Scripture, and I have a Bible full of references to each step.
---Trish9863 on 2/1/11

Eloy: 'Become a born-again Christian, and after Almighty Christ is in your life then you can live the victorious life.'

Entirely true

But please remember the 'victorious' may not be seen in worldly good - some great Christians were poor, disgraced, etc

So it is only GOD who makes us victorious - and people around us may see us as failiures!
---Peter on 2/1/11

The lack of understanding or empathy coming from you, and others who have never experienced addiction, who think they have all the answers, is one of the reasons AA and other fellowships are so ppular.
---Trish9863 on 1/31/11

I don't think that anyone here -- myself included -- THINKS that they have "All The Answers". If we come across that way, it is most likely because we're not familiar with what an Alcoholic goes through. Sorry if I offended you in any way. And thanks for sharing about your struggles with alcohol.

Only GOD has ALL the answers, understands what people are going through, and "is guaranteed" to never offend someone. Only GOD is GOD!
---Sag on 2/1/11

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Trish9863 - I hate to be the barrer of bad news, but your years of research is WRONG and NOT lined up with the Bible. Also, in AA and NA (secular programs) they teach the FIRST step is ADMITTING you have a PROBLEM - the Bible calls it SIN. Tell me how even secular programs recongize that you MUST admit to sin FIRST, but you say this is wrong?
---Leslie on 2/1/11

Trish - If alcoholism and drug addiction is a disease, then you can't help yourself, and really don't have a problem do you? Therefore, you don't need to take responsibility do you? The 1st step in AA and NA is ADMITTING you have a PROBLEM (SIN, NOT disease) - that means you CAN help it, and MUST take RESPONSIBILITY. It seems to me, you are still in alcoholism and NOT really recovered.
---Leslie on 2/1/11

AKA: AA is all about personal responsibility. If you study the 12 Steps, they are about taking responsibility for poor behavior, and also making amemds for wrongs done.

The 12 Steps, even the first one about powerlessness, are supported by scriptures.
---Trish on 2/1/11

//I know that Alcoholics Anonymous, with its disease concept as dealing with the first step, has helped MILLIONS of people worldwide overcome alcoholism.//

I am on the flip side of the coin. I am a family member of an alcoholic and drug addict. I would suggest a Christian based recovery program where they do not explain away any reason for addiction.

When a victim of addiction hears any concept for alcoholism, we here, "'s not our fault." A reasonable explanation for unreasonable behavior and torment.

The addicts who give absolutely no reason is a recovered addict and a true over-comer. One who allows any degree of reason is not totally healed.
---aka on 1/31/11

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Trish, I was addressing danny-o, the poster of this blog. But if you are a real born-again Christian Trish, then you should not be addicted to anything accept Jesus and his righteousness: "Walk in the Spirit, and you all will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other, so that you all cannot do the things that you all would. All things are lawful to me, but all things are not beneficial: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of anything." Gal.5:16,17+ I Cor.6:12.
---Eloy on 1/31/11

I have never attended AA. Science can disagree with the Bible but not the reverse. There are many in the Bible who prayed for a time before receiving the "reward" - sometimes we are receiving an answer of "not yet, my child", not out of testing but out of love that you may help point others to Him. We are human and unfortunately, though often well-meaning, can be cruel and hurtful. Christ is the answer, the same yesterday, today and forever.
---simon7348 on 2/1/11

Eloy, easy for you to say who is sinless and the light. But many born again Christians are struggling with kids, addictions, finance, husbands, children, finding a job, and to this day have not seen any results. God has removed many of their faults and is continuing to do that throughout their lives. We are going to suffer in this life, but not you. You have arrived already so you have no problems.
---Mark_V. on 2/1/11

Eloy, if you were talking to me, I am a Born Again Christian.
---Trish9863 on 1/31/11

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Become a born-again Christian, and after Almighty Christ is in your life then you can live the victorious life.
---Eloy on 1/31/11

Sag: Having experienced the physical detoxing from alcohol, and dealing with the cravings and shame and guilt of early recovery, I am grateful for the empathy and friends I found in AA. The lack of understanding or empathy coming from you, and others who have never experienced addiction, who think they have all the answers, is one of the reasons AA and other fellowships are so popular.
---Trish9863 on 1/31/11

I am a recovering alcoholic, and I know that Alcoholics Anonymous, with its disease concept as dealing with the first step, has helped MILLIONS of people worldwide overcome alcoholism.
---Trish9863 on 1/31/11

It is good to hear that AA has helped you, and many other people, with alcohol addiction problems.

Still, I believe that the BEST "Cure" for alcholism is "Preventing" the problem in the First place.

The Bible has the same recipe for solving other problems in this world.

After my seeing alcohol's terrible effects on many people -- friends and relatives included -- I don't drink at all. Alcohol is just too dangerous.
---Sag on 1/31/11

Leslie ... The please explain how my friend was so affected when she unknowingly took some alcohol.

She had been clean and sober for years.

Why when she had some alcohol traitorously administered, and not even knowing that she had drunk it (for it was not later that she found out she had drunk it, and how it has been administered) ''' why she suddenly and bewilderingly faced with the urge to drink more and more

Or do you call her a liar?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/31/11

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Leslie, I have done extensive research, and found that the brain studies of alcoholic/addict brains are valid, and that is enough for me to know that alcoholism is a disease. Also, if it is not a disease, which the DSM-IV says it is, why does medical insurance pay for its treatment?

I am a recovering alcoholic, and I know that Alcoholics Anonymous, with its disease concept as dealing with the first step, has helped MILLIONS of people worldwide overcome alcoholism. That is not a lie.

God has worked mightily in my life, and I am blessed to partipate in AA, and have the professionals who help me as well.
---Trish9863 on 1/31/11

Leslie, the research I have done, and my use of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and belief in the disease concept of alcoholism, DO NOT DISAGREE with Scripture. You are wrong in spreading lies about alcoholism and addiction and leading people astray.
---Trish9863 on 1/31/11

Science MOST offten goes AGAINST the Bible.
---Leslie on 1/31/11

One post of mine addressed this issue, but didn't get published in the blog.

I believe that any addiction -- like my Junk Food one -- can be overcome if you want to. All you need to do is REALLY, REALLY WANT TO!

I've never struggled with alcholism, but a lot of my relatives have. In their cases, I often got the idea that they just DIDN'T WANT TO OVERCOME THEIR ALCOHOL ADDICTION.

Personally, I believe that scientific claims only convince addicts to continue in their depressing habits. One of my friends told me that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) was just a "Prison Camp".

Then he found Jesus Christ, and true Freedom!
---Sag on 1/31/11

Addiction to Jesus Christ is the answer! Great suggestion!
"Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
(John 14:21)
Prayer and constant searching for Gods help and avoiding instances of exposure to whatever makes us weak will in fact make us stronger in the long term.
In todays world there are more ways of enticement to fall than ever before. The only way to nurture the Holy Spirit in us is through prayer and reading Gods Word.
Youth and innocence only last so long.
---danny-o on 1/31/11

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Trish9863 & alan8566 of uk - You both are WRONG. Science MOST offten goes AGAINST the Bible and can be PROVEN WRONG if it does. I encourage you both to not only read the Bible and line science up with the Bible, NOT the Bible up with science, I also encourage you both to get the book "A More Excellent Way to Be in Health" by Henry W. Wright. You will be amazed to find out you both have been believing LIES all this time.
---Leslie on 1/31/11

Robyn ... I never even met the monster.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/31/11

Alan8566_of_uk: The friend that thought it was so funny to spike her friends drink is a terrible and ugly person to even know. That was a terrible thing to do to another person. I hope you are no longer associated with this monster.
And for this beast who did this: the hottest and deepest part of hell will be reserved for her. This is a sad and cruel world we live in.Tortuous times.
---Robyn on 1/30/11

Leslie ... You are wrong. The sin is giving in to the addiction

F friend of mine quit drinking totally. Clean for years. Then at a function, a "friend" thought it would be fun to spike here drink with some tasteless odourless spirit.

She did nit know there was now alcohol in her drink, and innocently drank it.

She immediately wanted more alcohol ... and more.

The alcoholism was still there years after she had stopped drinking.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/30/11

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I agree with Trish about scientific evidence & alcoholics reacting differently chemically. This does mean that I do not think it is a sin to be addicted. Many churches have addiction support groups. There are many treatments such as prescription drugs & even natural supplements that are supposed to help. There are supplements on the market to help with almost any medical condition-ask your doctor for safe ones. I have seen people literally kill themselves because of food addictions & have heard of many men violently addicted to sports. Superbowl Sunday always used to be the biggest day of the year for domestic violence.
---Hope5979 on 1/30/11

Leslie: Scientific research has found that there is a difference in the brains of alcoholics/addicts, and normal people. There is also a genetic component to addiction. This is not a sin. As a recovering alcoholic, I am not in sin when I don't drink. My sin would be if I drank. My brain chemistry does not change when I stop drinking, I am still an alcoholic. I am not sinning by having the brain of an alcoholic. I have tons of science, plus millions of sober people in Acloholics Anonymous, who are sober believing they have the disease of alcoholism, plus all of the scientific community of psychiatrists and psychologists agreeing with me.
---Trish9863 on 1/29/11

I also cried for monthes. After having been negligent of the Lord Jesus for years and years, I think this was out of disgust of myself for not having made any observance or any provision to honor Him as being savior.
There is no repentance without tears.
Addiction distorts perception and priorities and is similar to idolatry in the old testament. Unfortunately it is a growing problem in America, because the powers that be want to treat the resultant confused person with more drugs or psychology, instead of with giving the individual better understanding of why we need prayer and devotion and belief and reading of the Bible to see the overall point of why Jesus is our friend.
---danny-o on 1/29/11

Trish9863 - You are WRONG, and I encourage you to read your Bible. The Bible says that addictions ARE sins. Look at an addiction to pronography and sexual things (sin of adultery), the addiction to self (sin of pride and idolatry), the addiction to money (mammom and idolatry), the addiction to drugs and alcohol is also a sin - the list goes on and on. This is why MOST people do NOT get free, is that they claim it as an illness, NOT a sin. Therefore, they do not repent and take responsibility, and therefore do not get free.
---Leslie on 1/29/11

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Thank you for the gesture and offer of links and sites.
I asked this question as a means to help answer it also.
I fell into addictive behavior at a young age. I was told a few times 'don't do this', but was never told the truth about why I shouldn't. After all, Mom and Dad did the same things so they could not tell me. It did not help things for me to hide my habits, as this led to deceitfulness both within myself and in what I projected outwardly.
Drugs and excessive behavior block our receptivness to common sense and ultimately to Gods Word. Children need to be taught and literally reminded thousands of times to nuture the Holy Spirit inside of them.
---danny-o on 1/29/11

cluny, you picking on my response indicates such criticalness in you. You apparently MISSED the scriptures that say, "He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your CRY."

Kind David said, "I CRIED unto the Lord with my voice and He heard me from His holy Mountain."

Read how many times King David CRIED out to the Lord...if that's all you can pick on is other people's responses, be careful God doesn't point that out to you on judgement day.
---Donna5535 on 1/29/11

Leslie: Addiction is not a sin. Doing the addictive behavior is the sin. You obviously know nothing about addictions.
---Trish9863 on 1/28/11

\\I got set free from addictions by the Spirit of God and when I prayed and cried out to God for months\\

Why did you have to cry for months, Donna?

People didn't have to cry for months for Jesus to heal them in the Bible, did they?
---Cluny on 1/28/11

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The first thing to do is to confess your addictions as sin, and then turn from them. Also, forgive (yourself, God, and others). Then ask God to break these things, cover them in the blood of Christ, and take away all desires for them. These are the first steps to breaking free. Remember, only through repentance, forgiveness, and God's help can you break free. Man cannot help you.
---Leslie on 1/28/11


Thanks for your kind words, I don't know how you could go about finding meaningful and relevant information on this blog without searching through all the useless talk found in these types of environments.

You can click on the signatures of the people you wish to communicate with and find all their responses and advice.

Hope that somehow helps my friend.
God Bless, Paul
---paul on 1/28/11

danny, whom the Son has set free, is free indeed. I got set free from addictions by the Spirit of God and when I prayed and cried out to God for months, "Lord I want to be set free, can you please set me free from these addictions."

You will also need to fall out of agreement each time you are tempted. Choose NOT to do it. Make the decision to turn away from it and pray hard as soon as the temptation comes upon you.."LORD HELP ME" would be a good instant prayer to pray when being tempted.
---Donna5535 on 1/28/11

We will always have addictions of some kind. We are addicted to salt,sugar, caffeine,food. But some addictions are worse than others. Just try to eliminate the worse ones. Drugs and alcohol,sex(the bible says)are very bad addictions.Some addictions will kill us, fast. Some take longer to take affect on our minds and bodies. But affected we will be.But how can one be affected to everything? I have a suggestion: try to get addicted to Jesus Christ and you will have all the help you need to get rid of and be delivered from the other addictions.Satisfaction and results guaranteed. GBU
---Robyn on 1/28/11

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You are a knowledgable and caring person. I asked this question as a means to test the response. We in fact can rely on the supernatural help of Christ through prayer and scripture reading. I am grateful for the concern and reply.
It took me a few occasions of backsliding over the last 25 years to figure out I had to immerse myself in the Word of God and repent and ask Jesus for help and to remove myself from influences to finally have resolve and commitment build and grow inside of me.
---danny-o on 1/28/11

In trying to navigate this blogospere, I'm having trouble with posting helpful methods I've learned and recovering replies. I would like to build a list and be able to correspond with those who listen to and to those who speak and are versed in the truth.
Can you or someone tell me how to set up alerts to my yahoo so I can read your advice and replies without searching through tons of (albiet potentially well meaning) jokes and rhetoric?
---danny-o on 1/28/11

I am a recovering alcoholic/addict, and I will be happy to share how I got clean and sober in AA and rehab. Feel free to PM me at Trish9863 and I will share some websites and links where you can learn more.
---Trish9863 on 1/28/11

I'm a Junk Food Junkie.

I keep telling myself that my last trip to that Fast Food joint will be the LAST. Then the cycle repeats itself.

How do I end my Junk Food addiction?

Often, the input of a medical doctor, or some other specialist, is enough to empower yourself to say NO to any more of what's addicting. For me, that might be a HIGH Cholesterol number.

Hopefully, I'll end my Junk Food addiction before I reach that mark. Many other folks are in the same boat as me.

Pray that GOD would give you the strength to overcome your addiction.
---Sag on 1/28/11

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If one really wants to end an addiction, he can. But you won't find much help here. Seek out an addiction specialist. Maybe your doctor can refer you. Even atheists beat addictions. If you are a Christian, it should be all the easier.
---John.usa on 1/27/11

I don't know what your addictions are.

There are 12 Step groups that can help.

OTOH, the way you phrased the question leads to to suspect you may be overly scrupulous.
---Cluny on 1/27/11


It seems you see a need to change.

This is of the utmost importance in that Christ will help the helpless and honor a broken heart and a contrite spirit.

When we realize its not in our nature to not desire the pleasures of the flesh then we come to the conclusion that we must trust, believe in and rely on Christ for total restoration and deliverance.

In short you cant do anything except rely on Christ and follow His guide.

Think of the last time you gave in to temptation, If you think back just a little bit more you will see the opportunity you had to avoid it.

You must learn to take the way of escape Christ provides when temptation is present.
1 Cor 10:13 Gods Bless, Paul
---paul on 1/27/11

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