How I wish I could help you with your addiction! It is easy to see the addictions in others. Unfortunately, addictions are difficult to recognize in ourselves. We all fall prey to addictions. You might be addicted to video games, gambling, TV, shopping, people, sex, have an eating disorder, be a workaholic, an alcoholic, be addicted to prescription drugs, tobacco, chewing tobacco, food, exercise, the list goes on and on. If you are addicted to one thing, you are most likely susceptible to other addictions.
Addictions are anything we obsess about and put as most important in our lives. Addictions are our false Gods. They prevent us from seeing what God wants us to do today or prevent us from turning to God in our need. When I am troubled and should be turning to God in prayer, asking for His help, I turn instead to TV, shopping, video games, tobacco, or any number of false Gods.
The best remedy for your addiction that I know of is recognizing it. Seeing that we are putting something or someone before God. Then we need to seek him in prayer. There is something that God wants us to do today. Our addictions prevent us from praying and seeking the will of God in our lives.
For very difficult issues like alcoholism, see the Twelve Step program. http://www.aa.org/. See also the book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. You may benefit from counseling regarding your addiction. Has it taken over your life so that you can’t function without it? Seek help.
The first commandment that God gave to Moses was “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:1-2
In Matthew’s Gospel 22:37-38, Jesus tells us “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
God wants to help us. He wants to be our light and our salvation. Pay attention to who or what you turn to when you are stressed, troubled, hurting, anxious… Turn to God in prayer. Spend time with God and He will give you rest.
Dear God, help us to see our addictions. Help us to see the areas of our life where we need healing. Help us to seek you in all things and to turn away from our addictions or false gods. Help us to seek you and you alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Love and prayers,