Christian morality can help to reduce drug addiction and use. While addiction is not a moral disease, a person who is living in their addiction can behave in a way they themselves would consider immoral. It is relevant to state that each person has their own standards and perceptions of morality. The following article will discuss the ways in which Christianity can help prevent and heal addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Addiction is a disease. It is true that a person can have a predisposition to alcoholism via genetics. This fact can cause a person to falsely believe that they are ‘safe’ from becoming addicted because they have no alcoholism in their family. This is false. Alcoholism and drug addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. It has no discrimination against age, race, or religious background. Addiction does not discriminate against people of certain religious backgrounds, but many people have found that religious morality can help fight against addiction.
Drugs are often used to stifle feelings of loneliness, depression, anger, fear, sadness, etc… Drugs are also commonly used to mask the effects of trauma. It has been shown that those persons who have a strong support network to turn to are lees likely to turn to drugs. In fact, in most rehabilitation programs one of the first steps is to identify specific people to be part of a safety net.
Most religious communities have a support network in place in the form of a spiritual community as well as a connection to a higher power. Christians, for example, believe in the Bible and Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. If a parishioner has no one else to turn to, they can turn to Jesus. Jesus is there to talk to through prayer at any given moment.
Most Christians attend church service regularly and have a spiritual community they can turn to when faced with temptation. Forgiveness and unconditional love are fundamental principles that allow a person to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The Bible is filled with countless parables and teachings to guide a person through the trials and tribulations of life.