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Is Drug Addiction Recovery Possible Without God?

Does Drug Addiction Recovery Require God?

 

So here is the thing. I just wrote a post giving atheists tips for recovery. So you might be suspecting that I, in fact, don’t believe that God needs to be involved in drug addiction recovery. Well, you would be wrong. I’ve just learned not to fight with atheists. The truth is if you work the steps of drug addiction recovery you will eventually believe in God. This is my experience and the experience of countless others.

Drug Abuse Can Only Be Solved Through a Spiritual Connection

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Since AA first launched it was described as a spiritual approach to alcoholism and drug addiction recovery. It has proven time and time to be effective. People seeking drug addiction recovery have seen their lives blossom to incredible heights, many higher than if they never suffered from drug abuse in the first place. Many of these people did not believe in God or were not sure about God having a part in their drug addiction recovery. The gifts of this incredible program became so tremendous that the non-believers in drug addiction recovery looked back thought, “Wow there must be a God because this is amazing”.

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Recovered Drug Abusers Who Don’t Believe in God Have an Ego Problem

Once your life has flipped turned upside down and is so amazing you are screaming from the roof tops, you will believe there is a God. If you don’t you are lying to yourself or you have the biggest ego on the planet and you need further help. Your drug addiction recovery program has produced the happiness you never dreamed you could find but you are such a control freak that you can’t admit maybe just maybe God had something to do with it? Your drug abuse was killing you and your family and today you have your own business, a wife a family and tons of money, but you really, really don’t think there is a God? At this point the non-believers are simply saying God had nothing to do with my drug addiction recovery, just to maintain their “Image”. If we could look inside their brain we would find God.

All Drug Addicts believe in God, They Just Don’t Know It Yet.

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I believe that God has a plan for all of us and I did not believe this until I found the 12 steps of a drug addiction recovery program. His plan involves taking the drug abuse folks, taking the alcoholic peeps and using them to help others with their example. He uses us in this way whether we believe in him or not. So the non-believers actually do believe, they just don’t know it yet. But over time if they continue to work a program of drug addiction recovery God will seep in and eventually turn them on to him. They may never admit it or maybe they will. One chronic drug abuser named Jim T believed in Aliens, not god. Then one day after finally enough fantastic things occurred he finally agreed that God is real. So the answer after a long tirade is no, you don’t have to believe in God for drug addiction recovery to be possible, because he believes in you.

The Blessings of Sobriety

The Many Benefits of Getting Sober

Even if you gave me 100 notebooks and all the time in the world, I wouldn’t be able to write the many ways my life has improved as a result of getting sober. I don’t think any of us could.

Part of this is because of all the blessings I’ve received in sobriety. More importantly, though, sobriety’s given me something that’s hard to talk about. It’s given me my soul back.

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Jesse Schenker talks about how sobriety changed his life and took him from homeless to famous!

Looks are Deceiving

Long before I picked up a drink or drug, my life was out of control. I can remember being in second grade and refusing to move my desk. I sat in the back and couldn’t deal with moving to the front of the room. Then people would be sitting behind me!

That’s just one example, but trust me when I say that I was messed up way before drugs entered the equation. I made sure everything on the outside looked good, though. I thought if other people liked me, my life would be okay.

So, from middle school on, my life looked great. I had a ton of friends. I got good grades. I played sports. I always had the hottest girl on my arm. I volunteered. Everything was awesome.

Except for the fact that, on the inside, I was dying. I was always a nervous wreck. I was anxious, depressed, scared, and arrogant – all at once. I’m not sure how that’s possible, but I managed to pull it off. I felt like someone was going to find out I was a fraud, that I didn’t deserve my friends or girlfriends.

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Drugs Were My Solution…Until They Weren’t

I was a nervous, depressed wreck. Then I got high. It wasn’t any kind of instant fix, but smoking weed did relax me. It took my mind off of everything I thought was wrong with me.

So I smoked as much as I could. Then I took as many pills as I could. Then I did as much dope as I could. All those things worked…until they didn’t. I’ve said again and again, drugs worked for me. They offered me a solution to all the crap in life. Of course, over time, they became less of a solution and more of a problem.

Once that happened, once drugs stopped working, I didn’t know what to do. I was still that scared little kid, but now I also had an addiction to worry about. I was still depressed, nervous, and scared of life. I was also strung out on heroin.

The Blessings of Sobriety

With no options left, I got sober. The blessings and benefits started coming almost immediately.

I asked a God of my own understanding to help me. I humbly asked him to remove the obsession to drink and use drugs. The obsession was lifted shortly after I said that prayer.

I stopped being nervous all the time. My life started to seem worth living, rather than some sort of hellish endurance test. I also started to make friends, real friends. I started to meet men who wanted nothing more than to see me recover. They helped me and I helped them. Together, we got better.

I got back into school. A few years later, I graduated with a B.A. I got a job and held it. I saved money. I got a new car. In short, material possessions came my way. Still, those were a distant second to how I felt inside.

See, for the first time in my life, I felt like I had a soul. I wasn’t putting up a façade. I was able to be myself around others. I was able to share honestly about my problems, fears, and triumphs. I was able to be a man, a real man, for the first time.

That’s the biggest blessing sobriety has given me – the ability to look the world in the eye. Through getting sober, through getting into contact with a God personal to me, I was given the gift of life. In turn, I help new men get sober.

To go from a shell of a human being to a man of integrity, well, all I can say is – what a life.

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