Just got through reading an interesting story about alcohol addiction being a disease.
Ok….here’s my opinion, which you can take with a grain of salt: I believe that any form of addiciton, whether it be drugs or alcohol, is simply a choice that people make. Sin, in any form, is sin. We can’t look past that. Instead, what we do is try to justify someone’s actions by saying they have a compulsive personality, or have OCD, or ADHD, or ADD, or any other three or four letter word. Once again, it all boils down to a three letter word:
And the choices people make to sin.
Ok, I know…you probably think I’m looney tunes, but this is coming from a person who spent 16 years abusing pot, coke, heroin, hashish, acid, booze….the list is pretty long. Notice that I said “abused” those things. I was mired in the depths of hell with my sins, and only through the Lord Jesus Christ was I able to break those bonds that satan had me bound up in. And once I was set free, I no longer had the cravings for those things.
So, I ask you…if I was set free and had no desire to do that any more…was that addiction? NO. Because if it was, the old adage “Once an addict, always an addict,” is dead wrong. And that means that all those rehab clinics and treament programs out there are teaching the wrong things, and just making money to support their own perpetual agenda (and by the way, I went through two rehab centers and got out and used again).
People who are abusing drugs and alcohol need a way out. They need the reassurance that they will be forgiven and that they have someone to turn to when they feel all hope is lost. They need to be set free from those chains of slavery that bind them so tightly…and the only way they can have that is through a relationship with Jesus.