| NOTE: The
above graphic is an illustration
of substance abuse and root problems, but it can be used for any kind
I. Definition: An addiction is when someone is
caught in a destructive
habit which is difficult to break.
past feeling have given themselves
over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness"
II. Causes for the addictions.
"Wherefore God also
gave them up to uncleanness
through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies
themselves" (Romans 1:24).
"Now the works of
the flesh are manifest, which
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which
I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they
do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God"
"And take heed to
yourselves, lest at any time
your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares
of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares"
A. They may start initially through the peer
pressure of friends.
"Enter not into the path of the
wicked, and go not
in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from
pass away" (Proverbs 4:14-15). "He
that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools
be destroyed" (Proverbs 13:20).
B. They may also come from modeling the behavior of
have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim,
which their fathers taught them" (Jeremiah 9:14).
C. Often addictions start with looking for a way to
escape pain or a
strong drink unto him
that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy
hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and
remember his misery no more"
(Proverbs 31:6-7). The real problem is that when the issue is
resolved, then the escape mechanism becomes an addiction.
D. Addictions also may come through generational
shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy
God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me"
(Exodus 20:5). "Our
fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities"
(Lamentations 5:7). This can be a negative behavioral trait
which is passed down from one generation to the next.
E. Addictions may come through word curses. "A
good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that
which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart
his mouth speaketh" (Luke 6:45).
F. Addictions may come through the lies that we believe about ourselves. "If a
ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked"
(Proverbs 29:12). If we come to believe that we were a mistake,
then that is the way we respond mentally and emotionally.
G. Addictions often come through the lusts of the flesh. "Among
whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our
flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by
nature the children of wrath, even as others" (Ephesians
2:3). When the desire of the flesh begin to control us, then we
may seek to fulfill them in an ungodly manner.
III. The above illustration.
First you will see that the individual is caught in the dilemma.
The addictions are the lid to the pressure cooker. (Although,
have only used drugs or pills in the graphic, it can be any addition)
The pressure cooker is the bondage, in one sense, even more than the
lid of addictions. As long as he holds to the rope of the
pressure cooker, he believes that the lid to the problem is secure.
However, there still will be the swish of steam from time to
releasing the some of the pressure of the steam. Furthermore,
still remains in the cloud of lies (represented as steam within the
pressure cooker). Of course, there also will be explosions
the way as the steam continues to build. If the individual
lets go of the rope of addictions, then he falls into the boiling hot
water of the situation. The boiling water represents the mental,
emotional, and spiritual problems. This is generally the vary thing
which he is trying to avoid.
The reality is that as long as there is the fire under the
pressure cooker, the problem remains, and the individual feels that he
needs holds to the addictions. The addictions are can also be
coping mechanisms, but the real issue is the fire or the root to the
C. The simple
solution is to put out the fire. How does one do that?
1. First, one must
come to see what the root issues are.
2. Second one
must deal with the root issue rather than just
with the symptoms.
3. There are many
other articles on this website which deal with various root issues to
addictions.. "Addictions Menu"