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A Hidden Addiction

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Has any of you ever relapsed while trying to overcome an addiction? Whether it be a food addiction, drugs or alcohol, gambling, or self-harm it can be very discouraging when you start to make progress and then relapse. It is hard to overcome , if you are trying to do it on your own. Having to admit to someone that you have fallen is difficult, and having to confess to God and start all over can be even harder. You can easily notice when someone is an alcoholic or addicted to drugs. I want to discuss an addiction that is not visible to everyone and in fact is very easy to hide. Let’s talk about self-harm which can include cutting, burning, or injuring yourself. It can be easily hidden under clothes. You can walk around without anyone noticing which makes it difficult to overcome and very easy to relapse. It is a dangerous cycle because if no one knows there is a problem, no one knows you need help. If you are struggling with that today- I want you to know that you are not alone and you do not have to overcome it alone. However, the longer you remain silent, the harder it will become to put this behind you once and for all. There is nothing impossible with God. If you are struggling with this, I encourage you to ask for help. Remember, this is a process. It can take time to overcome an addiction, so if you have someone you can trust to ask for help, please do. Keep in mind that God wants to help you. He will deliver you. He will give you the strength that you need. He will heal you. If you relapse, don’t stay down or get discouraged. Get back up. Ask for forgiveness and keep pushing forward. Scripture References Proverbs 24:16 - ... though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes. Phillipians 4:13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Ecclesiastes 4:12 - Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken

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