Alcohol Dependence: Physical and Spiritual Battle?
Why it that despite the well-known negative effects of alcohol, people of faith still continue to over drink? Why is it that some Christians progress from occasional drinking or social drinking to the point that their drinking gets out of control? It is prevalent that many Christian’s are addicted to alcohol, many of whom have been influence by some of the studies in the past years that suggest alcohol has health benefits. Many of these people of faith consume alcohol as a medicine healer, only find out later that a detrimental disease has been developing in their body.
The wisest man on earth, King Solomon, gave this advice, “Do not to gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. For in the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper (Proverbs 23:31).” His advice implies that there is no positive outcome from drinking alcohol. In my own personal experience, I haven’t seen anybody who became alcohol dependent that did not suffer in the long run from deterioration of their well-being. A person in the prime years of their life will not feel the effects that it is truly taking on their body. An individual in their prime may not feel or realize the effect in his or her body; that is why it is said, “it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.”
How then should a person overcome Alcohol Dependence before it is too late? Let me suggest the following steps:
1. Develop self-control. It has been guaranteed that we can have better lives in all aspect because of self-control. If you learn to control your impulses you can surely avoid taking excessive alcohol and eventually avoid associated stress caused by addiction to alcohol. You cannot develop self-control overnight. It’s quite a long process and can be developed in several ways. Self-control can give you the ability to make sound decisions in your life, which will lead you to live a much healthier and happier life. The Apostle Paul had his admonition to develop self-control, an implication of having a spirit-controlled life (Galatians 5:22). Therefore, developing self-control enables you to use your willpower that prevents you from indulging activities such as excessive alcohol drinking which will lead your life into alcohol dependency issues.
2. Accept that you have a problem. The reason many people are hooked into excessive drinking is that they think the consumption of alcohol is not bad in its entirety. Studies show that some family problems are rooted on alcohol dependence on behalf of either of the parents. Users don’t accept that drinking alcohol is sometimes just a way of running away from their real problem; they think drinking alcohol would make all of their problems disappear. What users don’t realize is that taking alcohol will worsen their situation. By accepting that you have a problem will lead you towards a path of freedom and peace.
3. Seek help. Don’t be too selfish and proud that you can handle your problem alone. You may seek help from those who have already gone through the process of overcoming their Alcohol Dependence problem; they are the ones who have the realistic experiences dealing with alcoholism. You may also seek some professional help. Don’t be afraid to consult a counselor who can guide you along the way.
4. Involve your family in the solution. In one way or another, your family has been affected by the problem. Family can be of great service. It may be hard to confide in loved ones, but have the courage because in the end they will always support you. Above all, ask God for help. The bible says that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.