More than Willpower: The Use of Prayer During Addiction Recovery

May 6, 2016
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People struggling with addictioPrayer in addiction recoveryn are often accused of not having enough self-control or willpower. While you may have chosen to begin drinking or using drugs in the first place, willpower is not a cure-all once you develop a chemical dependency.

Self-control, wise choices, and determination play a role in addiction recovery, but substance abuse must be tackled on many fronts to achieve sobriety success. Just “trying harder” is not the answer. One of the answers, however, is found in seeking the Lord’s guidance and companionship through prayer.

3 Ways Prayer Helps With Your Recovery Journey

  1. Prayer helps you feel God’s presence. It’s easy and normal to feel alone during addiction recovery. After all, substance misuse and the resulting fallout can lead to isolation from family, friends, and co-workers. For the Christ-follower, though, feeling alone is an illusion. Scripture tells us that God will never leave or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). He is there even in the depths of loneliness, despair, and oppression. When you are overwhelmed with loneliness, pray that God will allow you to feel his presence; that he will comfort you, bring peace to you, and complete a good work in you (Phil. 1:6).
  2. Prayer relieves you of the burden of control. Jesus assured his disciples that the dwelling of the Holy Spirit would bring power (Acts 1:8). Being in the throes of chemical dependency can leave you feeling helpless and hopeless. When you are at your weakest, pray fervently. As you come before God’s throne to ask your Father and Creator of the universe for his strength and wisdom, you relinquish control and allow him to set your agenda. It is remarkably freeing to admit that you are not in control—and surrender control to the one who is.
  3. Prayer has healing power. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction…” (Ps. 103: 2-4). Whether you are in need of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual healing, prayer has the power to heal. God’s healing may look different from what you envision, though. Remember that he is always sovereign—and you can trust his plan for you. As you pray and continue with recovery, watch for God to bring healing to a variety of areas:
  • Body
  • Spirit
  • Release from sin
  • Relationships
  • Broken heart & wounded spirit
  • Fear & anxiety
  • Financial ruin

Most importantly, pray, “without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:17) Routine prayer makes it easier to be thankful; to stay focused on sobriety and to keep our heart open to the Spirit’s leading.

To begin seeking sobriety support through prayer and Christian rehab recovery, contact a counselor at Christian Rehab Network today.


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