Can religion or “godliness” play a part in helping someone recover faster through Addiction treatment?

I’ve been reading through questions and stories here at idiscuss365.com and haven’t found any thread about the role of religion or the Habit of Godliness being an impact to the process of wellness and quick recovery from addiction. Is there any way religion can impact the transition process from being overly dependant on substances back to a clear and free life? Thank you for your views!

-Jen.

Regular User Asked on October 24, 2018 in Addiction case.
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Dear Jen,

Thank you for this really important question. It’s easy to overlook the impact of Godliness in combating addictive behavior but that doesn’t imply that it is not effective. This however doesn’t always work for everyone and that is majorly because:

  1. The affected member normally is stigmatized in the community (even among the religious) who would have been of help to them.
  2. As a result the affected member will shy away, and hide from religious support.
  3. Chances are high that by the time someone became addicted to substances, they were not religious (as most religions forbid use of such substances), or were not fully committed if they were religious. This also means that if someone never found comfort in their supernatural support which may have resulted into them seeking comfort or relief elsewhere such as in substance abuse, then it will be hard, likely impossible for them to seek supernatural support after they are already engulfed into the nightmare of addiction.
  4. Religious or Supernatural support (speaking out of experience) requires a high degree of humility, patience, commitment and periodic fellowship; all of which virtues may not be common among the affected members.

For this reason, I believe this is why godliness has not been of much impact in the lives of affected members as it should. On the other side of the coin however, I believe no body understands something as much as he who made it. No body understand the life, development or deterioration thereof than God himself who created man.

I’ve seen working far more miraculous than changing the life of an addict and reverting it back to normal, happening to several people in my life when they lift their faith to God and pray earnestly to him. If an earthly father could do anything, he would surely save his child from such a nightmare of retrogression. Our Lord – Jesus Christ – made this statement about the heavenly father: “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ” Matthew 7:11. So yes, he can give anyone the gift of a good, healthy and happy life, but they must have faith in him, and pray for it.

I hope this paints a little light on the question and helps someone get back onto the track of recovery. Thank you.

Regular User Answered on October 26, 2018.
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Couldn’t agree more with you, thanks Fred. Got something here. Thanks so much!

Regular User Answered on October 26, 2018.
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God and religion can only help but first and foremost people have to help themselves, it has to come from the heart, you have to want it. Remember what Jesus said: “don’t give me a fish but please show me how to fish…”

Super User Answered on November 1, 2018.
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Indeed, Olivier, James. 2:20 says “..faith without actions is Dead!”, so I guess you make a point, we cannot sit on faith in God and not consider the actions required to get us out of the tragedies we face.

Moderator Answered on November 1, 2018.
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Gentlemen, God works. Period.

Regular User Answered on November 23, 2018.
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