There are many people in our culture who are so strong in their ability to do many good things. And yet; our culture struggles so much with quiet little weaknesses. At least, they start out quiet but then turn into full blown drug addictions, and worser methods of self harm.
Why are addictions so prevalent in our culture. I will tell you why: We are taking credit for our strengths. The minute something we cannot do confronts us, we are overwhelmed by the lie that we are not good enough. This is a lie, folks! The truth is, we are never good enough. Though we are not good enough, our Heavenly Father still loves us and is willing to give us all the goodness that He has, if we but acknowledge that it is He that is good!
When we believe that it is us who are good, and we have to be good in order to receive God's love, we start to turn to drugs, food, candy, sports, anything to numb the pain. Many kids are even getting into self harm. They feel that their abilities are tied to their worth, and if their abilities falter for even a moment, they lose their sense of self worth.
The truth is, our worth should NEVER be tied to our abilities. If it is, it is because we are exalting ourselves above God. Here our Father in Heaven has sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and suffer every bad thing so that He can heal us and give us all the answers to our problems.
God has trusted us with so much of His strengths that we start to believe that is is us who are actually good. But it is not. God is the only only source of goodness. If we allow the devil to set that trap, we will surely fall in to it. We are not invincible. We are weak.
Mark 18:10 states, "And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God."
When you are living the commandments so well and doing so many good things, Satan is going to tempt you and you will start believing that you are actually a good person. Jesus Christ wants you to see that it is by grace that you are keeping the commandments, not because you are better than others and are so righteous. That is called being self righteous.
When you find yourself in an addiction or a loved one in an addiction, the first thing you are going to think is "oh no, what did I do wrong." Again, this is the wrong response. What needs to happen is an increase in gratitude. It is a blessing God has given you this weakness. Now you can remember that you are not good and you can stop being self righteous. You can stop worshipping yourself and start worshipping God the way it is supposed to be. If you realize this quickly, you can stop destroying yourself.
Jesus Christ died for you and it is only through Him: He is the WAY back to God. All your good works will not be enough to raise you at the last day. It is only through His grace that you are reconciled to God, even now. And Jesus asks you to pray. Use His grace to pray. Use His grace to be in God's presence. When you fully accept that it is through God you are able to be good, He will take this addiction away from you. But until you realize this, no amount of rehab is going to help you. We must acknowledge that Jesus The Christ is in us, with power to heal us. And when He does, we need to remember and say, "The Glory be Thine."
3 John 1:11 states: "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God."
If you are caught up in doing evil, then you do not acknowledge God. You refuse to see that it is He that does all things. Stop putting yourself in God's shoes. You need to acknowledge that your worth is from God. You are good because of who you are; which is a child of God. Doing good works is good, if you acknowledge who it is allowing you to accomplish your good works.
Now that you realize that you need to start acknowledging God in order to be healed from your addiction, you realize that you have to make a choice. God can heal you, but you need to choose to acknowledge Him. You have had a lot of practice ignoring Him, and choosing that He is working through you at all times is going to take some time if you have little faith.
My advice based upon my own journey is to 1. Choose to acknowledge that Jesus Christ loves you even though you are so weak and to 2. Choose to let Jesus Christ control you now that you acknowledge He is in control.
That is when you realize you have a demon in you that is fighting Jesus and you choose Jesus now, so you put your arm up to a square and choose to sustain Jesus as your Master, and to say in a loud voice to Satan, who is causing this addiction, "Satan, you are not of God and I choose Jesus Christ to be my Master, so in the name of Jesus Christ, my Master, I command you to depart." Demons are allowed in based on legal grounds. In the case of self harm, we believe we are better than God, so there is legal ground for a demon to inhabit us. We must choose not to accept this lie any more and then let Jesus Christ heal us from this affliction.
Immediately after choosing to let Jesus be your Master which forces this demon to depart, work to let in God's love in order fill up the empty space that has now been cleared. Learn from your mistake; never take credit for anything God does through you again. It is by grace we are saved after choosing to let the Lord be Master of our souls, hearts, and minds. And as we choose Him in faith, we will begin to know God: His great love and mercy, and His power to save our souls from sin and give us peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come.