What Is the Christian View of Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

What Is the Christian View of Drug and Alcohol Addiction?
September 27 12:14 2017 Print This Article

Social stigma is common in addiction but within a Christian framework, it can be significantly heightened. This could be to do with some of the long-held Christian beliefs having a problematic translation in modern times. Although there was definitely over-indulgence present in biblical times, our better understanding of addiction as a disease is a relatively recent development. Whereas in the past Christianity linked addiction to people having low morals or being an unrepentant sinner, these days there is more humanitarian acceptance of the fact that addiction is a chronic illness and not a lifestyle choice.

Seeking Advice in Scripture

“Everything is permissible for me – but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me – but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).

This is another way of saying that moderation should be exercised with all things. Naturally, the illegality of street drugs is not addressed in this scripture and it goes without saying this is something Christianity cannot condone. Nevertheless, what this passage says is that although there’s nothing technically off limits, when something, like alcohol, becomes the central focus of a person’s life, they have a problem. There is no judgment in this statement at all in fact; the Bible has far more messages of acceptance for ‘sinners’ than negative ones.

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18)

This passage gives some direct advice to Christians with addiction issues. Although it may seem like an obvious statement to suggest not getting drunk in the first place, what this message expresses is that when cravings for drink or drugs arise, using meditation and prayer to re-connect with God can be an excellent coping mechanism for an addict with faith.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love (Galatians 5:1, 13).

This is a motivational message for many with addiction issues and clearly states that Christ died on the cross in order to release mankind from sin. The important takeaway is that this freedom is to be treasured and not frittered with excesses that can lead to addiction and also that we are all here to help one another life a clean and healthy lifestyle.

About Christian Rehab Centers

Christian drug rehab is the perfect solution for those going through the isolation of addiction actively seeking support and treatment. Treatment is delivered in a completely non-judgmental and fully accepting environment, where others with the same belief system facing addiction disease can share experiences and journeys to provide extra support throughout the rehabilitation journey.

There is life after addiction and a life that can embrace the same Christian values as before without fear of isolation and rebuke. Addiction is not a sin and has long since been recognized as a devastating and debilitating disease that destroys lives. When people fear others’ negative judgment they can withdraw even further into the negative behaviors accompanying drug or alcohol dependence. Treatment at a Christian rehab center allows addicts to progress rapidly towards a life free of addiction, with full support from others sharing the same beliefs.


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