Whenever humans face any kind of threat or whenever they feel helpless, they always look to a higher power to solve their problems. Believing in a higher power is extremely important in the path of recovery. Most of the times, addicts lose their sense of reality and their belief in a higher power is the only thing that can bring them back. There are numerous bible verses for addiction. However, some of them can be misunderstood for verses that actually support addiction. That is why we have compiled a list of the top 5 bible versus for addiction recovery that sets you straight on the path to righteousness.
1 Corinthians 15:33
33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Addiction to any substance usually starts from some source in our life who introduces us to it. This quote from Corinthians is extremely important as it prevents people from ever getting addicted in the first place. It asks us not to be misled by our desires and our company as they might corrupt our character. The more our character is compromised, the harder it becomes to return to the path of recovery.
1 Corinthians 6:12
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
This is another very important quote from the book of Corinthians. As humans, we crave for freedom and believe we have the right to do anything. However, as this godly quote states, not everything that we can possibly do will be beneficial to us. Substance abuse is one such thing that people generally do as an act of rebellion. It is extrmely harmful to our bodies.
But what is more important about this quote is the second part of it. It states that though we have the freedom to do whatever we want, we shouldn’t let anything take away that freedom. This is a direct reference to how addicts become a slave to drugs or alcohol and cannot function without them.
12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
As mentioned before, substance abuse usually starts because someone introduced something to us that might be addictive. This can be due to several reasons like escapism of just trying to fit in with a bunch of people. This quote teaches us to have high self-respect, correct values and a strong moral code. But more importantly, it teaches us to say no to such people who might drive us away from the path of recovery or who might lead us down a path of damnation. It also teaches us to say no to our urges and vices.
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
People often look to God so they can get strength to face whatever obstacles they face. Addiction is one of the biggest obstacles that one can face in life and it is probably the toughest wall to climb over. If you have faith and believe in God, then you will get the strength to stay on the path of recovery. You will be strong enough to fight your urges and never fall to your vices ever again.
13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’
This quote from the book of Matthew is one of the most famous quotes from the bible that you must have heard in several movies. The reason for addiction is generally the curiosity or temptation to see if something helps us escape reality or just to experience something unique for once. This temptation is what leads us down an evil path and thus we must avoid it at all costs. The quote asks the lord to give us strength to say no to temptation and to help us stay away from the evil forces in our lives.
These were just a few of the bible verses related to addiction. However, you must remember that all bible verses are open to interpretation which often leads to misunderstandings. You could include all these verses in your prayers for yourself or for your loved ones. If you ever have doubts in your mind about some of the verses, visit a good pastor and clear your confusions. This could also be a great topic of discussion at your weekly AA meetings. May the power of god help you on your path to recovery. If you have any verse that helped you a lot on the path to recovery, please mention it in the comments below!