What’s Your Name?

We usually go by one name. God has 17 names in Hebrew. Whether you are familiar with them or not, chances are, during your life with an addict (or as an addict in recovery) you will experience God in each of these roles. Your faith as you take this journey toward healing and recovery is so important. It’s a rough journey. You will need God’s strength. Sometimes just to get through the week, other times to get through the next hour. We’ve all gone through it. God has been our provider, is our healer, and will be our victor giving us victory at the end of the fight. He gives us peace as our shepherd as He guides us day by day. He is present. You just need to call on Him.

 

One woman was about to celebrate her tenth anniversary to her husband, an addict. But, as she thought of their future together and the next ten years, she couldn’t go on. She asked a friend to come and pray with her every week. They began reading the Bible and praying together. Hosea 2: 6-8 stood out. She and her friend prayed this fervently every week. After three weeks, God heard the prayer of these ladies and a late-night intervention took place. It wasn’t one done “by the books”; but, it was an intervention nonetheless. The wife woke the husband up who had passed out a couple of hours earlier and gave him an ultimatum. Either he gets help or she leaves with the kids. The addict agreed to get help.
Even though the addict consented to a rehab program, the battle wasn’t over yet. The wife still cried out to the Lord, asked friends to pray for her and with her, and spent time in prayer. Some days she struggled so much all she could do is cry, “Lord, help me!”. Jehovah-Nissi: My Victory Exodus 17:15. May God give you and your family victory as you go through this journey of addiction to recovery.

Just. One. More. Step.

When you climb Mount Everest, they say you burn 10,000 calories a day until you reach the summit; at the summit you will burn 20,000 calories a day. It typically takes two months to climb the mountain; however, the last mile will typically take around 12 hours. An entire day of climbing! It is a tough journey, one that needs a team to support you. You also need to pack correctly, carefully researching the supplies you need to bring. What does this have to do with addiction?

Climbing Mount Everest seems like an insurmountable task. Some days staying sober may seem 459420d1308838388-mountain-climbing-casio-pag-240-timex-ws-4-dscn0432impossible, too. But, amputees and a blind person have succeeded in climbing Mount Everest. You can succeed in recovery. Like the climbers, you will need a team and the right tools to support you in your journey. It will be a long and sometimes difficult journey.

 

An adult child of an addict, who also struggles with addiction, shared “When you have problems you go deeper into the addiction to escape the problems. The addiction increases those problems that the addiction causes that you are trying to escape. The problems become worse so you go deeper into the addiction to escape the problem. It’s a downward spiral. A hard battle.” So how do you motivate yourself to keep going on the road to recovery?

 

The problems and challenges of life don’t leave. We have to learn to cope with them in different ways. Staying in recovery will allow you to see your problems with a new perspective and be able to manage them.

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