Addiction can happen to anyone — including Christians. The battle to overcome addiction may feel like a test of faith. Research from New York University, however, shows that the power of prayer can aid recovery.
It’s difficult for anyone in the grip of a substance abuse to admit to being hooked on drugs or alcohol and seek help. But, guilt or shame might be particularly acute in Christians who try to live their lives by the teachings of the bible. The verse Ephesians 5:18 tells Christians that they should be filled with the spirit of Jesus Christ and not be intoxicated with alcohol.
This moral code can make it hard for Christians in their recovery process as they grapple with how they got there despite their relationship with God. They may fear criticism from their church or feel that they have let God down and this can mean they take longer to get the help they really need.
Spirituality makes people strong.
However, on the other side of the coin, people with a strong spiritual faith are more resilient emotionally. Outpatient drug rehab centers in Utah note that individuals who are most likely to relapse are those in family conflict and those without a strong sense of personal wellbeing. Pastoral guidance, a supportive church group and a belief in a higher power all give an addict greater chances of success in becoming sober again.
Faith is a powerful force for recovery.
Researchers at New York University found that when AA members used prayer to help them withstand their addiction, they had fewer cravings. After being shown photographs of alcohol to trigger cravings, participants then recited a prayer. It diminished compulsion towards liquor. Long-term AA members who use prayer had an inbuilt ability to lessen the negative effects of alcohol triggers and were less vulnerable to relapse than members who didn’t.
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