I recently had an opportunity to listen to David Mann, a former lawyer and recovering drug addict. Mr. Mann spoke of the power of addictions and defined it as a disease, a brain disease. The addition keeps increasing the levels of dopamine, a powerful neurotransmitter in your brain. The elevated dopamine levels leads to the craving which builds and reinforces itself. The more dopamine, the more you want it. This is the science of addiction.
Listening to Mr. Mann describe the slippery slope that led to his addiction, he outlined several points that contributed to his plight. His addiction was the direct result of his denial, arrogance, pride, and greed. The motivations for his addiction were strong and immediate pleasure was the goal.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
God promises pleasure, far more satisfying than anything we can ever imagine and more powerful than any addiction. And God does it by providing an answer through His Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, a transformation occurs, a transformation so powerful that no drug rehabilitation program or self-help course can ever begin to approach. And to seal the deal, He gives us His Holy Spirit that begins the process of sanctification.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Do you want this kind of pleasure? Do you need this kind of peace and love? All you need to do is to acknowledge that the manner you have lived your life has separated you from God’s great and unlimited love. And once you have done that, ask God to forgive you of your sins by believing in the death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through belief in His Name that all worldly addictions, no matter how hopeless they may seem, will be conquered.
God is here to save you if you sincerely ask Him with all your heart!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.