Be Free From Substance Abuse

Be Free From Substance Abuse

Are you tired of being unable to refuse drugs or alcohol? Let God help.

      And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Therefore if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed. John 8:32, 36

What a wonderful promise. Jesus is true to his word, God is ever faithful. We are assured that we can be free. Through all the turmoil and conflict that goes on in our heads we can cling to his promise. It is literally a lifeline. He is Truth and Life.

The term substance abuse means using or doing something that alters your mood. Mood altering substances chemically affect the brain and pleasure centres. Illegal drugs, prescription drug abuse, alcoholism, overeating, anorexia, caffeine abuse, smoking and many other addictions can all fall under the heading of ‘substance abuse’. However, this article is specifically about drug and alcohol abuse.

I (Dominique Hodges) struggled with drugs and alcohol, but God set me free. Now I am passionate about helping other people to be set free.

I was always told that drugs were bad, but never why. No one told me about the consequences. I didn’t plan to take drugs; I just thought that I would try them out. Unfortunately I opened a door that was very difficult to shut. It is far better to consider the consequences and never open the door in the first place, but if you have, God can set you free. He did me!

Most people, me included, begin taking drugs or alcohol because we believe that they ‘pep us up’. They seem to give us more energy, make us more sociable and we (so we think) have more fun. However, it’s not long before we find ourselves in a pit that we can’t get out of. We seem to have lost control. The truth is; we never had control in the first place. Why not? Mood altering drugs influence us and therefore control us.

Drug and alcohol abuse takes away our ability to enjoy things without being high. Socialising, dancing and having sex (all be it in the future), become difficult to enjoy unless we are high. If we are not high, we find ourselves becoming numb. God wants us to have a good time and enjoy life. It is a wonderful gift from him and it is very sad to destroy good times with drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol deceive us by promising a better time, but they actually take away the small amount of self confidence that was there in the first place and leave a more broken person.

The friendships we make whilst on drugs or drunk feel like wonderfully real friendships.  The connection feels so real and powerful.  However, I don’t have one friend today that I made when I was out partying with them.  All those moments of ‘depth’ shared meant nothing.  It is not real and it does not last.  And this is not what the Lord wants for us at all.  He wants us to form real relationships, built on a firm foundation. He is the solid rock upon which we should be building our relationships and ourselves.
People choose to take drugs for different reasons.  It may be a way to escape reality, to get high; it may be peer pressure or a need to be filled or to be enlightened.  Being high and having moments of enlightenment is actually being in the spirit world.  Visions and hallucinations in that state come from the evil one, not from the Lord.  The bible speaks of sin done to the body and then there is sin that affects the body and spirit – sexual sin – I believe that drugs do the same.  Because it causes access to the spirit world it affects our body and spirit man as well.  The spirit world is very black and white; it is either for God or against Him.  When you are in that state you allow spirits to enter.

Having moments of ‘’enlightenment’’ is quite ‘wow’ at the time, but when remembered, if remembered, is never as ‘wow’ as it was in the moment.  I remember making a recording of a group of us when we smoked some weed, we had many amazing discoveries, inventions, ideas, but when we played it back, it was absolutely ridiculous even to our drug dazed minds.

People who ‘use’ stick together and separate themselves seeing others as very different, but they are different.  This desire to escape from reality grows and grows as the addiction does.  The body adapts to anything and therefore needs more to have the same effect.  Facing reality becomes increasingly hard, work performance; relationships even something simple can send users over the edge.

        See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Drugs and alcohol abuse steals time.  Many moments are just completely forgotten and the recovery time is painful. It becomes hard to do anything.

       Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:17

The Lord wants us to turn to Him, to love Him, to spend time with Him.  It is with him that we can have the most fun. He will fill us up to overflowing.  However he is not found in drugs or alcohol.

       And do not get drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18

Dissipation, debauchery is selfish living, thinking of oneself, prioritizing oneself.  The Spirit is from God.  He comes first.  Thinking about ourselves, even if it is a pity-party is not helpful, focusing on God is the best way, because He has our best at heart.  He loves us more than we love ourselves.  His love is incomprehensible.

Read Proverbs 23:29-35 – The bible has amazing wisdom.  It also has amazing power to change us.  Pray to God to give you a hunger for it, that He will show you His truths and promises.

I can write about many more negative consequences, but there is one pro that ‘users’ chase after and that is the ‘high’.  After the Lord had set me free, I asked Him about this.  I said if the high was such a nice feeling and God is better and all filling and fills my hunger and my thirst to overflowing, He should be more wow than even that.  Not long after praying, I was driving in my car and He filled me with His love and Holy Spirit so that I was having the most amazing high ever.  But what was even more amazing was that I didn’t have to ‘’come down’’.  It was absolutely real, it was truly overflowing and I felt so loved and accepted.  The total opposite that drugs give; a lie, always wanting more, still needing love and acceptance  and having a nasty come down!!

I praise God for setting me free.  And free indeed because there is nothing in me that yearns for any of that anymore.  God can heal and set free instantly, but sometimes it is a process.  The most important thing is Him and being close to Him, so close that you can hear from Him.  Ask; we always simply forget to ask Him.  Talk to Him, share your feelings, frustrations and even your anger – He just wants the real you.  He wants to help, He is ready, and so you need to be ready and willing.

        My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness. 2 Cor 12:9

If you would like to know more, please send us an e mail. I would like to help you if you are stuck in the pit, and show you how God can set you free.  Some of you may feel tempted in the world and need reasons why you should not take drugs or abuse alcohol.  Equally if you are affected by close ones that use and want to know how to help and understand them.

    ‘’I am the way and the truth and the life’’ – Jesus Christ

Yours in Christ

Dominique Hodges

 

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