The task of getting clean and sober is not a simple one. Whether you struggle with addiction to drugs or to alcohol, overcoming that addiction can be daunting. The task is that much harder when you try to go it alone. Perhaps, this is why many people explore Christianity during the road to recovery.
Twelve Steps and Higher Power
Many twelve step or counseling programs talk about belief in a higher power. While most twelve step programs don’t name that power, for many it is the God of Christianity that comes to mind. Addiction recovery programs remind us that the road to recovery is not an easy one to bear alone. They teach dependence on each other and dependence on faith. If you are in a twelve step program, it is very natural to start thinking about Christianity.
A Time of Reflection
Recovery is a time of reflection. You spend time exploring yourself to find what needs you are trying to fill with drugs and alcohol. It is time to look at your associates and decide which ones encourage you down a path of destruction. For many, this time of reflection leads to questions about God. Perhaps you wonder if He is real, if He can help you or if He can ever love you. You might even be angry at God and wonder why He allows bad things, such as addiction to happen to people He claims to love.
Blaise Pascal wrote, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus”
The questions and reflections we have, when we explore the idea of Christianity, are God’s way of making us aware that this vacuum exists. Once we are aware of it, it is his hope that we will fill it by surrendering our life and even our addictions to Him.
Where to Turn
If you are trying to get clean and sober and you find yourself absorbed by the idea of God, there are places you can turn to for answers. You can look for a minister to talk to, visit churches, or even talk to Christian friends, both in person and online. God is waiting to hear from you.