The definition of addiction, according to Google is: “the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.”
As humans, we tend to classify ourselves under certain “categories” of where we “belong.” This is more of a society problem that leads to an individual problem. When we are labeled and put under a certain groups, we begin to identify by the name of this group. When a person is stereotypically labeled, the person has no choice but to live under this label, this new “name.” For example, a person labeled a “nerd” in high school may begin to live as though this label is who they are. This “nerd” may not explore the greater because they now have to live up to this label, “the nerd.”
Same goes for addictions.
If you are told that you are an “alcoholic”….
If you are told you are a “cutter”….
If you are told you are “bulimic”….
If you are told you are “anorexic”….
If you are told you are a “smoker”….
If you are told you are “depressed”….
If you are told you are “addicted”….
If you are told you are “fat” or “too fat”….
If you are told you are “too thin”….
….Then what are your chances of recovering?
….How will you ever break free from this label, forcing you into bondage?
If you believe you ARE (insert addiction here), you will be (insert addiction here).
This cycle needs to change….
What if we started saying “Though you are struggling with (depression), you are NOT (“depression.”) You are struggling WITH (depression) and (depression) does not define you. YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE.
You are NOT your addiction, you are so much more than what you are struggling WITH.
Believe in yourself, and don’t fall into this trap. You can overcome this….it may just take time. But that is okay. IT IS OKAY!! Recovering can be a lifelong journey – there is NOTHING wrong with that. Life is a journey, live life.
Remember, you are a child of God…and you have no contract forcing you to be who society wants you to be.
You don’t have to live up to the label you have been given, you are free and are not in bondage.
James 2-3 says: 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,[a] 3 for you know that the testing[b] of your faith produces perseverance.
- 1:2 Consider it all joy…various trials: a frequent teaching of the New Testament derived from the words and sufferings of Jesus (Mt 5:10–12; Jn 10:11; Acts 5:41).
- 1:3–8 The sequence of testing, perseverance, and being perfect and complete indicates the manner of attaining spiritual maturity and full preparedness for the coming of Christ (Jas 5:7–12; cf. 1 Pt 1:6–7; Rom 5:3–5). These steps require wisdom (Jas 1:5).
It may seem difficult to see these trials as “joy.” However, if we read the footnote for ‘b,’ we can see the trial is worth it….striving to overcome obstacles are worth it in God’s eyes. As long as we are persevering (it doesn’t matter if you succeed or not, we are human and definitely not perfect), then we will build the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and love.
What are some ways to break addiction?
*Reach out to someone you trust and feel comfortable talking to about what you are going through
*Seek local services if available (try to reach out to a professional in some way)
* To Write Love on Her Arm: ( http://twloha.com/ )
*National Eating Disorder Association: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ ( 1-800-931-2237 )
If you are in immediate danger, reach out to the following for further support:
*National Suicide Prevention Hotline: ( 1-800-273-8255 )
*Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741)