Your addiction is a life sentence and you are reminded of this every time you attend a 12 step meeting. "Hello, my name is Joe and I am an addict."
God’s Word promises freedom, but if you believe you can never be free, you will never be free.
An Unhealthy Identity
You identify yourself as an addict. "Hello, my name Sue and I am an addict." You build community based on who you are. When your identity is tied to those with an unhealthy lifestyle it very difficult--if not impossible- to break free of that lifestyle.
"Bad company corrupts good character."
(1 Corinthians 15:33)
God's Word teaches that when we turn to Christ that old things have passed away and all is new. We have a new identity of being free in Christ. We must leave the old behind us.
Most often when we share our problems in a group setting, those with similar or worse problems give advice on how we solve our problem.
God's Word states:
"They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”
Negative Group Time
When we leave a meeting with our problems and everyone else's problems on our mind, it increases the chance we will relapse.
God's Word encourages us to focus on the positive:
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."