Christian alcoholism is a very painful disease because if often includes the shame and guilt of hiding it from the church. At the very least the guilt of acting on sinful thoughts and compulsions can be a heavy burden for the Christian alcoholism sufferer. Proper treatment for Christian alcoholism is a focus on accepting that Jesus Christ can do for you what you could not do for yourself. Often you or a loved one makes a pledge to never drink again or cut down drinking only to be drunk again the next day or soon after. How does this happen? Perhaps you feel competent at work and feel you live your life by Christian principles yet in this one area you are totally helpless.
The bible tells the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. This boy left his fathers house with the money his father had given him only to waste it away on "wild living." He thought he was in control, that he knew what he was doing but soon found himself working for a farmer feeding pigs. He had a moment of clarity that his choices and behaviors had brought him down and he began to head home.
"So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long
distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion,
he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.. His son said to him
'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer
worthy of being called your son.'"
This classic lesson shows that if we can swallow our pride, have some humility and begin to take proper action that God will not make too tough a time for us. In fact he will meet us half way and take us back into his house and restore our life.
If you can recognize that your drinking has become chronic and compulsive there is still hope. That you see that you are killing yourself and that your problems are becoming worse and worse because of your drinking, this admission is a humble beginning. Please take this moment of clarity and call us for help with your Christian alcoholism.
Spencer Recovery Centers have been treating alcoholism for more than a decade and with facilities across the United States, we have a program that is right for you.
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