7 Tips To Help A Christian Struggling With Addictions

When you have a loved one who is Christian and struggling with addictions, your first thought is to help. However we don’t often know what is actually helpful. Even thought the Bible does provide very important direction and guidance on loving and caring about our dear sisters and brothers, it can be difficult to know how to best love an addict and do it in a way that can lead them toward treatment and recovery rather than deeper into addiction.

Here are 7 tips to help a Christian who is struggling with addictions:

7 Tips To Help A Christian Struggling With Addictions

1. Prayer

7 Ways to Help a Christian Struggling Addictions - ChristianDrugRehabEverything starts with prayer—prayer that God will help your loved one heal and seek recovery from addiction, as well as hope for your own direction in this situation. Ask God to give you guidance, direction and wisdom to help you be supportive, yet not enabling to your addicted loved one.

Many addicts have to hit “rock bottom” before they will be willing and ready to get help. So instead of praying that God will miraculously remove the addiction, we may have to pray that God will take addicts to the end of themselves and help make them see the severe and desperate nature of their condition. Regardless, we need to pray that God’s will, not ours, is ultimately done.

2. Relationship

Your family member or friend needs you now more than ever. However, you need to realize that the relationship or friendship may not be a totally equal partnership. Addicts are usually not able to offer the best friendship in return. If you are able, however, try to stick with it. Let your loved one know that you are willing to care and be a friend, that you will listen and not judge and that you want to help them heal and recover.

3. Set Boundaries

Being a friend however, doesn’t mean taking care of them or their difficulties and problems. This can get difficult and confusing in Christian relationships where we are let to love sacrificially and in every circumstance. Codependency and enabling are actually not loving the person and many times just extends the addiction. “Covering” for the addict, helping pay for things and/or loaning money, lying and even offering a place to stay can all be types of enabling and in the end can definitely do more harm than good.

4. Scripture

One important thing you can do is to continue to direct them toward God and His word. Scripture is full of helpful verses for addiction recovery and for the addict. No matter how advanced their addiction is, they always need to be constantly reminded of God’s great love, mercy, grace and salvation.

5. Get Educated

You can be very helpful to an addict when you understand the emotional, physical, and spiritual roots of addiction. Lots of churches have 12-step meetings, Al-Anon meetings or Celebrate Recovery groups. You can even attend a few yourself to get a better understanding of your loved one’s illness and how you can be even more helpful.

6. Speak With A Church Leader

This may feel like snitching, however, if someone’s life is controlled by addiction, they run a dangerous risk of not only destroying their own life and the lives of loved ones, but also risk tearing apart their faith. Speak with a church leader you can trust. You can even speak anonymously of the addict if that feels safer in the beginning.

7. Intervention

If the addict refuses to recognize and accept the addiction and how it’s negatively impacting the lives of people around them, then a more formal method may be needed. An intervention is where loved ones can safely confront the addict honestly yet without blame, pray and seek after God to help bring light and conviction to your addicted loved one and to recommend a Christian rehab for their addiction (or other rehab depending on the nature of the addiction).

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