What is the spiritual cause of addiction?

Putting God first will heal your spirit. More on the spiritual causes of addiction here.

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Some may say that the Bible and drug use do not mix.  But what about those who have fallen or who are looking for Biblical help for addiction? One of the main spiritual causes of addiction is fear. How can we address fear in the context of an all-knowing, all-loving God? More here on spiritual addiction treatment and how to address the spiritual cause of addiction. Plus, a space at the end for your comments and questions.

Putting God first will heal your spirit

Making God the priority in your life is essential for spiritual healing with any issues, including addiction. When you put Him first, everything becomes small compared to your gigantic God, who will help you conquer all things. When you begin your day with your focus on God, it shifts your thinking as well as the atmosphere around you.

The first thing I do before I get out of bed is talk to my Heavenly Father. When my feet hit the floor I am speaking scriptures that relate to God’s promises, who He says He is and who He says that I am. One of my favorite scriptures is Psalms 1:3 because it truly encompasses everything:

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalms 1:3, King James Version

Let’s analyze this verse and see what God is saying about who we are as His children. God planted us here for a purpose. There is no way He is not going to care for us. Look at the word “rivers.” God is telling us that He will give us more than we will ever need to fulfill what He planned for us long before He even created us. This certainly did not include addiction.

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God will heal you. In fact, He has already done it. Just believe and receive. Expect it to happen and enter His gates with praise and thanksgiving for this biblical promise and pattern of healing and deliverance. When we surrender to God and come into alignment with His perfect will for us, we live an abundant life. Everything we touch will prosper. Even in our old age, we will continue to be prosperous as “our leaves shall never wither.”

When I first read this scripture I didn’t fully believe what it meant. I must have said it out loud hundreds of times over the past couple of years. Now I know without a doubt that it is the absolute truth because it has become alive in my spirit. Whenever fear tries to creep in about my future, I simply recall this verse and the fear immediately vanishes! God’s word is a weapon of mass destruction and creative construction. When you become a verbal partner with the Almighty Defender, the enemy flees.

When we come to understand who God truly is and then know who we are, it becomes easy to conquer all things, including addiction. Pray for God to help you to always put Him first, speak His word, and stand firm on all of His promises, which is the road to healing.

About the author
Rhonda Landry is an occupational therapist, a dedicated Christian, and the owner of Glory Gate Publishing and Ministries. She is a published author of Abyss to Abundance: From Recovery to Discovery of Who You Are as a Christian in the Kingdom of God, which was divinely-inspired following the death of her beloved husband. She is a recovering food addict and can provide profound advice from overcoming addictions and subsequent related behavior patterns.


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  1. Dear lost father… i pray you are still here. Those nights, even moments, of darkness can be so terrifying, overwhelming. They can feel so real. So endless. Your share is beautiful in its anguish. You have written down what so many go through and cannot say for themselves. I know these Universes are vast and your glory far surpasses this earth lesson. I know through connection with the Source of All, however we can feel, touch, be with Our Existence, we will continue in the best way for our special individual Essence. May All Be Well With You… Strength, Peace, Understanding of your very specific, significant journey bring you Rest, Joy and Love. Sincerely as i am able, these words are for You, Lost Father. God Bless You. May All who love you reach through to you and most of all, i PRAY you see NOW the glory, the Purpose who You ARE, in time be taught to You… May THIS Earth Life become filled with Wisdom and Understanding. Confusion lessen. Heartache heal. Self-forgiving, inner freedom restored. Amends be made, to yourself, to others. Your Strength return. i am a little sparrow. sharing in your same anguish. i love you as much as a human i am able. May this prayer be worthy to release free agency toward the Universe in your behalf wherever you are… <3

  2. Hello Lost. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) when you start feeling like this. Also, counseling with a psychologist can help. You can find a counselor near you by searching this directory: http://locator.apa.org/

  3. I am a scared man .I have done and said so many things im looking at leaving the life off freedom behind I wish I wasn’t like this . im fighting suicide nightly ..It would be better for everyone…I am depressed .rf you can come gt me now

  4. Thank You. That was a great read. I also believe in the holistic view of healing. The spiritual portion is of great importance to individuals needing to find hope.

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