There are so many folks who look down on those of us who have dealt with addiction. In many cases the reason they look down on us is that they are dealing with these same issues themselves in some form or fashion including workaholism, sex or food addiction. It's real believe me. In other cases some really good folks get tired of our drama, cheating, lying and stealing. That's real as well.
Truth is that the people who are battling to find freedom from addiction are some of the most courageous people I know who are overcoming incredible odds to change their life. Yes, we have been knuckleheads, yes we are tough to love and deal with, but on the other hand we are something to behold when we get right.
I have found through my own journey that grace is the keyword to recovery, understanding we are getting something we don't deserve in order to forgive ourselves and others, as well as sustaining us through every battle we face. God is with us, he is for us and he has fought for us and will continue to do so. Thus Jesus, the ultimate warrior who is giving us a pathway to freedom where honesty and tenacity prevail.
Love this scripture: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always have all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Cor 9:8
For us knuckleheads this means we have access to ALL of God's blessings, mercy, forgiveness, power and courage to fight that results in an ABUNDANCE to give back to and influence others with our stories of recovery. This is how we fight our battle.....he has already won it for us, we just need to latch on to His mighty Sustaining Grace to go through what we need to go through.
Sounds simple. God said it, he gave it, it's just up to us to believe it. Once we understand it addiction will never have a hold on us again.
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.