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Dealing with any addiction is a serious matter one that should not be taken lightly. Changes need to be made immediately before they spiral out of control. Living in a fallen world there is going to temptations, sins and other hazards—drugs is another web humans get caught in.

You were created with a purpose by a Creator, who loves you no matter what, yes, despite your weaknesses! God wants the body and mind under control so we can walk in his purpose. Being under the influence interrupts this, and prevents from hearing from God.

Being enslaved to anything hurts our ability to make healthy decisions when being under the influence of drugs. Focus on the Family wrote about addiction and how it starts. It goes from experiencing, casual, and then becoming a regular user where you are chemically addicted.

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

One of the first things is to acknowledge there is an addiction problem. If this is a friend or family member do an intervention with others under the guidance of a professional. Enlist a friend of loved one to help you find a Biblical Based rehab center.

Once we go to therapy the expert can get to the roots of the issues. This can be from abuse, rejection, or low self-esteem. "Do you not know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey-either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness?,” Romans 6.16 said.

We all need to become more accepting in the church when one falls to addiction. Nobody is without sin. Tough love yes, but training pastors, and lay persons on how to deal addiction is key in dealing with drug addiction. For families, seek an expert, and do research to protect yourself and loved one. There is hope.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:15-10).”

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