Addicted? We can become trapped and addicted causing life to be hard and painful. Learn how you can be free when addicted.
I was disturbed as I watched a television show on the protection of bears. It appalled me to see how humans treat them! Thousands of bears in some countries are held captive, restrained in a cage the size of a telephone booth – unable to stand and only able to turn around with difficulty.
Then I got to thinking that we humans can become no different to the caged bears. We can become trapped and addicted making life hard and painful. We can be held in bondage and slavery to the thing that gives short term gratification but also long term misery.
Do you feel restrained and confined, like being in a prison, because of any of the following addictions?
Chemical addictions – alcohol, drugs.
Food addictions – obesity, anorexia nervosa, bulimia.
Emotional addictions – emotions can be used either positively or negatively, but if used negatively over a period of time, they can become addictive, e.g., rage, depression, fear, shame, guilt, controlling.
Thought addictions – mental obsession, intellectualizing, detailing.
Activity addictions – perfectionism, competitiveness, gambling, excessive working, buying, hoarding, reading, exercising, watching television, playing video games.
Sexual addictions – pornography, bestiality.
Addicted? Addictions are born in an attempt to cover up painful feelings
When Leanne, our eldest daughter was born, we promised to be the best parents we could be. Note, we said, the best we could be, not perfect.
When Leanne was eighteen months old, we were working in south-west Ethiopia. It became apparent that I had to be hospitalized after complications developed following a miscarriage. We were all prepared for a two day’s journey to the hospital, when a thoughtful couple at a nearby town offered to look after Leanne to spare her the long trip and to help us better cope with the situation at hand.
When we returned to collect Leanne, we were informed how wonderful she had been. The carers boasted that her dummy and bottle were removed from her the first night of our separation; the rest of the week they worked hard at helping Leanne master the art of toilet training. As a result of this traumatic experience, we were not able to leave Leanne night or day for three months. Instead of an outgoing, friendly, happy child, she was now swinging from rebellion to withdrawal.
Many of us can relate to times in our lives when we have been hurt intentionally or unintentionally, leaving us seeking for ways to handle the pain.
It took Leanne 25 years to be free from the emotional prison as the result of the trauma that she experienced as a young child.
How Leanne was addicted and set free
Jesus set Leanne free! The Bible tells us that Jesus came to “release the captives… and deliver those who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).”
You are loved unconditionally by God! The Bible says in Romans 5 verse 8 that God loves you as you are and sent Jesus to earth to die for you in order that you could be free from whatever addiction, bondage, restraint or slavery you may find yourself in.
Watch this short video and begin your journey to freedom today. You can then say, “I was addicted to ______ but now I am free” for Jesus will set you free too!