"Being of the same mind, maintaing the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose." Philippians 2:2
If you are caught in an addiction, there is hope. If you've tried to quit your addiction you may have found that relapse is a real possibility. Although God chooses to miraculously deliver some from enslaving addictions, most of us addicts have relapsed back into our old destructive behavior at some point in the recovery process.
How we respond after relapse is critical. Will we accept forgiveness in Christ and bounce back to the road of recovery, or will we accept the lie that there's no hope and spiral further down in the addiction? Will shame keep us from reaching out for the help that is so ready to lend its helping hand?
Every addiction brings its own special problems, so we are not able to address all the specific consequences and solutions for the various addictions. Some addictions like drug addiction, for example, can involve complex medical and legal issues that are beyond the purpse of the help in these 5 suggestions.
1. DON'T PANIC. A relapse does not mean that you have failed or that you can never be freed from your addiction Relapses, while certainly not desirable, are not catastrophes. God is a God of second, third, fourth, and thousandth chances.
2. CONFESS THE RELAPSE TO GOD You had the relapse, now go to God and seek His forgiveness. Like a loving father, God will forgive and restore you. Jesus said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." The Bible also says, "He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it." If you know Jesus, God has begun a good work in you and He will not let you go.
3. CONTACT THE ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS AND FAMILY Recovering addicts should be in an accountability relationship. Whether this is a pastor, counselor, or group, the accountability partners should be notified when a relapse occurs. Accountability partners can surround you with instruction and support. The immediate family of the addict, especially the husband or wife, should also be contacted.
4. FIND OUT WHY THE RELAPSE HAPPENED You someone that can help you understand why the relapse happened so that future relapses can be avoided in the future. Did you put yourself in a tempting situation? Did you hang around people who encouraged you to do the wrong thing? Whatever the reason for the relapse, identify it so that steps can be taken to avoid a relapse in the future.
5. UNDERSTAND THAT RELAPSE DOES NOT MEAN FAILURE Overcoming an addiction is often like a war, and you may lose a few battles. But victory is achievable. Do not give up. You may have lost a battle but the war is not over.
We at New Hope Bishop would like to help. I, Pastor Jason, am a recovering alcoholic who understands addiction and is living through it daily. I would love to hear from you if you are recovering, seeking recovery or need someone to talk to. 760.937.0586
* Majority of this article was written by Caring Churches
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