The Bible may not discuss addiction or substance abuse using modern terms, but it still does address the topic. There are verses such as 1 Peter 5:8 that mention sobriety (“Be alert and of sober mind.”) and others such as Proverbs 20:1 that discuss the dangers of heavy drinking (“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler”). Other verses such as 1 Corinthians 6:20 remind us that the body is sacred (“You should not harm that which was created by God in His image”).
While the Bible does warn against addiction, it also offers some hope for those who are dealing with drugs and alcohol. Here are a few verses that you may find comforting.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
This verse can be very helpful for addicts who are looking for the strength to continue working to get clean. It can be seen as a prayer for addicts. It also fits nicely with the 12 steps of addiction recovery because it asks God to step in and save the addict from themselves.
Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
The loved ones of addicts are often very scared that they will overdose or otherwise injure themselves or even die. John 14:27 can help remind them that they can find peace through their faith. Addicts can also meditate on this verse when they’re feeling afraid.
Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.
Drug addiction is certainly a heavy load, and many who struggle with it would like nothing more than to put it down and rest. While that’s not an easy task, Matthew 11:28-29 reminds people that Christ will help them shoulder the burdens they struggle with. He offers them rest, even if it’s only temporary.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
This verse quite directly tells the addict that if they admit their wrongdoings and pray for forgiveness, they will get it. It reminds addicts that no one is beyond forgiveness, no matter what they have done. All they need to do is reach out to God and ask for it.
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