As Christians, we strive to live our lives in accordance with the teachings of the Bible. We look to God to guide us when we are lost, help us up when we stumble, and comfort us when we are grieving. Our faith is what helps us make it through the difficult times. But we are not perfect—God does not expect us to be. Our faith may falter. Many of us found that when we were caught in the devastating grips of alcoholism, we wondered if we would ever be free. We began to lose hope that we could achieve lasting sobriety. At times, we doubted if God could or would relieve us of our alcoholism. When our faith wavers, it is important to remember what the Bible teaches us:
He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
In addition to utilizing traditional methods to treat addiction, Christian rehabs focus on how knowledge of the Bible and a strong relationship with God can allow us to overcome our struggle with addiction. In fact, the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, as we know it today, is based on what was known as the Oxford Group. The Oxford Group was a Christian movement that advocated reform through Christ. The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous were founded on the principles of the Oxford Group. The core teachings and beliefs of Alcoholics Anonymous reflect the original tenants of the Oxford Group. Consider the principles behind the 12 Steps:
- Brotherly Love
These are the very same principles that we are taught as Christians. By applying these principles to our lives, not only are we building a strong foundation for our recovery, but we are also strengthening our relationship with God.
If you or someone you love is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, Recovering Souls can find you the help you need. We are a free service that works with Christian rehabs across the country. We can help you determine which treatment center is best for you. Don’t wait, contact Recovering Souls today.