Want to beat addiction? Read the Bible

By April 17, 2023

USA (MNN) — Whenever believers face a challenge, we often quote Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The phrase “all things” includes overcoming addiction.

Harold was able to purchase Easter baskets for his grandchildren this year! He hasn’t ever bought them Easter baskets before because his life was a wreck. After multiple other programs, he found hope and healing at The Lighthouse! Praise God for His work in Harold’s life.
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“Scripture is useful for all things that relate to humankind. Addiction isn’t any different” from other challenging issues, The Lighthouse’s Brandon Bower says.

No matter what you’re addicted to, you can find hope in 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 11. The apostle Paul wrote these words to Corinthian believers whose lives were transformed by Jesus.

Bower summarizes the passage by saying, “This (sinful trait) is something you used to be, and you are not any longer because of the power of Jesus Christ.”

The Lighthouse helps people overcome addiction and other life-altering issues by studying and applying God’s Word. Learn more here. “Addiction isn’t a ‘one-man show’; it needs support and community,” Bower says.

“The Lighthouse provides a community for those who are struggling.”

The ministry also strives to facilitate healing between those battling addiction and their families. “Throughout Scripture, God calls us to help those struggling, hurting, and in turmoil,” Bower says.

“The Lighthouse is here to say, ‘Let us help you beat your addictions.’”

Is the Bible really enough to treat an issue like addiction? “The secular world will say things like, ‘Behavioral modification is the first step towards getting sober,’” Bower says.

“While we see some value in changing behavior, we also think a deeper heart change needs to happen,” he continues.

“I have been sober for 23 years. I can attest that God can work miraculously through His Word [and] through His people.”




One in 10 Americans over the age of 12 is addicted to alcohol. Header image courtesy of Bruna Gabrielle Félix/Pexels.

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