The dangers of addictive behavior for the Christian is we surrender continual submission to temptation. We learn to submit to desires while we unlearn leaning on our Lord and that we really can do all things in Christ who strengthens us..
The truth of guilt tells us we're sinning, we're doing things wrong. The horror of shame leaves us feeling not only a sinner, but we learn to identify with the sin until we feel like sin itself; from here we feel unworthy of even asking for forgiveness or repenting and open ourselves to a new totality of lies that allow no grace..
We'll find no other sureness of defeat than that we find when we turn from the Victor - Jesus Christ.
As of late Addiction is used for not only chemical abuse, but also used in describing obsessive behavior that maybe be, or is, damaging to a persons well-being.
In God's terms this is all idolatry. Anything that we set as a priority in our lives that takes more of us then we're willing to give to God can be considered idolatry.The inevitable results we see from obsessive behavior is the product of sin of placing above God anything - as it separates us from Him, and the hole in our heart we constantly try to fill is this very thing - being without our Father!
Do you know that if in his final moments Hitler was to repent, give his life to Christ and receive a new heart, that he would of been saved? How is it then that we can willfully accept the lies that come with shame, that assure our bondage? Most likely, if you're an addict, you're heard the voice of the father of lies most of your life, and that noise doesn't go away easy.
While many self-help recovery plans encourage us to understand the damage and wreckage of our past addictive behavior, Christ would have you focus on your new life with Him. It's hard to focus on the glory of God and remain crawling back to our temporary relief, knowing our freedom is in Him.
He will change you from the inside out.
He will heal you.
He will replace the turmoil of leading a unsatisfactory life into one of peace.
He will show you joy - even in times of trials.
KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS!