Biblical Christian help for drug addiction

Are you ready to get help for drug addiction? Biblical references and ideas for how Christians can relate to the condition of addiction and its solution here.

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Are you ready to get help for drug problems?  You are not alone!   Christian healing broken heart is essential to getting better.  Learn what the Bible say about drugs and human struggle here.   Read more here and ask your questions or write your comments about Biblical principles for healing addiction at the end.

Getting help with drug addiction

Drug addiction is a tricky business. The balance of chemicals and receptors in the brain is drastically altered, thereby altering your thought process. The brain you once knew and loved takes on a personality of it’s own.

When I realized I’d become dependent on Lortab (an opiate containing hydrocodone), I should have sought help immediately. But I thought I could handle it on my own. Each day I would begin with a plan. I’d tell myself,

“I’m a pharmacist. I know how drugs work. I know I can do this on my own. Today I will take two every six hours. Then tomorrow I will cut down to one-and-a-half every six hours, and keep decreasing until I’m off of them completely.”

Then the next morning, I would tell myself the exact same thing, and I would start over again. And again, and again, and again. This is ridiculous! Why can’t I handle this? Nausea was my alarm clock. I woke up every morning needing Lortab. Every time I experienced any type of pain or stress, the first thing my brain went to was Lortab. It was the magic drug. It was the key to my normal. My brain transformed into The Beast.

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Why is getting help so difficult?

Addiction permeates every facet of your life and causes you to avoid the path to recovery. The steps that must be taken to overcome addiction are too difficult for the addicted brain to take alone. It’s like telling yourself to stop breathing. You need help. Difficult? Absolutely. On your own, you always have the option to take a breath. When you ask for help, you’re giving someone else permission to suffocate you. But I promise it’s only temporary—you will breathe again.

How do you know when you’re ready to get help?

I hate to point out the obvious, but you know I’m right: If you are reading this article for yourself, it’s time to get help. But if you want specifics, here’s a list of 10 ways to know you’re or are loved on are ready to address the problem of drug addiction:

1. You become panicked if you come close to running out of pills.

2. You make excuses to go out so you have the opportunity to pick up a prescription or your drug of choice without anyone’s knowledge.

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3. You hide your drugs or alcohol so no one knows where it is, while maintaining easy access to it yourself.

4. Your drug of choice is at the forefront of your mind. Always.

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5. You are always calling a doctor of some sort for a prescription.

6. You have lots of doctors.

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7. You visit lots of pharmacies.

8. Nothing is fun anymore because everything is under the shadow of addiction.

9. You’re willing to try most anything to just feel free.

10. You’ve tried to quit taking anything, but you always fail.

If you can relate to two or more of these situations, it’s time to make a change.

Don’t let Satan get a stronghold

When addiction takes control, Satan has a wide-open gate to enter and set up residence in your brain. He is the great justifier of all actions. He will provide you with excuses for the actions above to make you deny your addiction. The thoughts that you used to control now have a new pilot behind the wheel. And a sneaky one at that. If you do consider getting help, he will get inside your head and tell you all kinds of horrible things. Thinks like…

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  • No one will understand.
  • Everyone will thing you’re weak.
  • Friends will ever trust you again.
  • Your husband will want a divorce.
  • Your kids will be ashamed of you.

And the worst one of all…

  • If God truly loves you, he wouldn’t have let you get into this mess in the first place.

Think about who you were before you fell into the trap of addiction. It’s hard to remember, I know. The altered brain you now live with can’t remember how you ever felt happy, energetic, or just plain normal without opiates in your life.

God remembers. He made you in his image and created you for a purpose.

Finding the purpose behind drug addiction

During my addiction, well-meaning advisors told me to pray and read my Bible. And just like you’re probably thinking now, “God” is the last thing you want to hear about. It’s the standard churchy, Christian answer letting them off the hook and making them feel better. But if you believe in an almighty God, creator of the universe, seeking him and his plan with your whole heart will place you on the path he has laid before you.

Bilbical help for drug addiction

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

If you are like me—or just human for that matter—you’re asking God how he could allow you to go through this. “If you love me, then just take this pain away,” I would pray. God doesn’t promise us an easy life. But he also doesn’t create drug addicts. He gave us the freedom to make our own choices, and addiction can be a result of those choices.

It’s not an easy road to travel from addiction to sobriety. I have often used the word “normal” in describing my own freedom from addiction, but I am so much better than normal now. It’s only through the most difficult times we can see what true joy is and the power of God.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  James 1:2-4 NIV

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NIV

Suffering is a great teacher. You never know what you might learn when you work through it.

So what’s the first step to get help with my addiction?

Tell someone who cares about you. Chances are the person you decide to tell already knows and won’t be surprised. Once you tell someone you have a problem and need help, you are accountable for your actions and you become motivated to get on the road to recovery. Then begin your research process.

I would highly recommend a physician that can treat all of you, not just the addiction. Drug addiction often stems from some underlying source, not simply recreational use. If your addiction is to opiates, a doctor who prescribes Suboxone would be a great place to start, but don’t choose the first one you find. Read and get references if possible, and again, make sure they can treat the whole you, not just your addiction.

You are on a journey — possibly the most difficult of your life. Don’t let anyone tell you that addiction is impossible to overcome. I’m proof it’s completely possible. After all, with God, all things are possible.

About the author
Celeste Vaughan is the author of Celestial Prescriptions. She graduated from the USC College of Pharmacy and settled comfortably into her life as a pharmacist, wife, and mom of three children. After 14 years working as a pharmacist, Celeste found herself on the other side of the counter and suffered for 7 years with seizures, depression and prescription drug addiction. On September 25, 2010 God intervened in her life and changed her forever.


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    1. Hi Geetha j. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find a rehab that suits your needs.

  1. I’m not going to last much longa I have lost everything to this mistake I choose and need jesus supernatural miracle changing power to intervene now!!!!!! Please my God

  2. I’m saved.. I’m addicted to suboxone and I want delivered so bad.. The withdrawals are a nightmare to say the least.. That’s what keeps me going back! I Don’t know what God wants? It’s been yrs. I can”the afford a Christian rehab. I cry a ocean of tears everyday! Please tell me what to pray to stop the withdrawals/temptation!thank you

  3. I was married at 16 to a man that had already been in jail I strated using herion at 18 then became alacholic I broke the law ended up on the streets it goes on and on I’m 69 know I know gods keep me alive I was clinically dead twice that I know off but I feel ATM like I’ve wasted my life I’m not educated never work Christians in my church are all business people I’m just feeling abit depressed I have a hard time getting out side when I do go out I feel better I still on methadone 30 years Valium I’m not sure what site this is I hope you can help but I know in my heart Jesus is all I need freinds help too Deborah

    1. Remember that your life is not over and god is with you all the time. Do what your heart desires not what society is telling you. Education is free on the internet. There is a path to achieve knowledge without school or fixed education path. Start reading what you want to learn. Live freely and start now. Youtube, podcasts exists you just need to Search for the subject you wish to have knowledge of. Education is still valid through internet. Free online courses exists if you reach for them.

  4. Hey everyone,

    I’m ashamed to say this, but I’m an addict – a different kind of addict than the ones you built this website for. However, in my desperate search for help, I found your website and thought I should drop an S.O.S. note here.

    I’m not into substance abuse in the regular sense of that phrase. I’m addicted to masturbation. I’ve had a relationship with Jesus since I was nine, but I’ve been hooked since I was about twelve or so when my cousin introduced me to the evil habit.

    I’ve done everything in my powers to stop this evil practice but without any luck so far. I’m a full-blown adult now, but still struggling with the habit I started since I was a pre-teen, and not winning.

    Knowing the enormity of what I’m struggling with, I don’t even listen to secular music in order not to accidentally hear some sexually arousing lyric that might make me vulnerable.

    I don’t do porn, and I fast-forward salacious scenes when watching a movie or simply look away. Sometimes, I even stop watching such movies completely if I observe that such scenes are frequent.

    I don’t leer at women and don’t lust after them. When I accidentally set eyes on a sparsely-clad attractive woman, I don’t fix my gaze on her. Instead, I look away quickly and avoid the sight of her completely until she’s no longer within view.

    I don’t have a girlfriend and I don’t read erotic materials. But still, I haven’t known a moment of victory over this evil habit.

    Some of the problems I’ve identified I have are that I have a very photographic and creative mind that the devil is taking advantage of against me.

    As I said, I don’t fix my gaze on women so as not to feed my corrupt mind with anything that would eventually lead me to sin.

    However, my eyes and mind are so photographically potent that the microsecond I set my eyes on a girl before I realize my danger and quickly look away is enough to cause sufficient trouble for me throughout the day with all kinds of imaginations until I fall.

    At such moments (moments of struggle against temptation), even prayer doesn’t help. I’ve always prayed before and during temptation. But still, there’s no improvement.

    I’ve tried to stuff my mind with the scriptures by regular Bible study and the memorizing of Bible verses. But even that hasn’t helped me a bit.

    Eventually, I resorted to fasting and praying for three straight days and nights (72 hours) without eating or drinking anything whatsoever, just praying to God for help on this issue. I got so weak, I could barely get on my knees to pray.

    However, right after I finished praying and thanking God for deliverance by faith, and broke my fast for the first time in 72 hours, I fell right into the very act again.

    I’m heartbroken, devastated and shattered. I don’t know what I should do that I haven’t done yet. Please help me!

    For the record, my real name is not Daniel. That’s just a pseudonym to protect my identity. I’m too ashamed of this to disclose my real name. Someone who knows me might chance upon this blog and recognize me, and I’ll never be able to live down the shame. However, God knows my true identity. Please ask Him to forgive my sins and help me, since He ignores me when I pray! Please, somebody, help me!

  5. I quit taking ativin cold turkey last year august but by november i started taking it again mot the high dose that i was taking but just at night to sleep and take away sometimes the feeling in my stomach. I just does get so fearful and afraid i am going to diebut i know i need to quit or i will surely die.

  6. I am totally dependant and i guess addicted.It started with bone on bone knee pain.That knee was replaced and i got thru it.Then i was hit by a car while joggin.More pain.More meds.So much i was directed to a physician.He tripled what i was taking.Then over the next few years doubled that.I rebelled and quit goin to him.That was fortunate bc 6 mpnths later the state shut him down.In returning to my primary Dr he gave me 2 norcos a day.Its worse being under medicated than over medicated to me.I have decoded to just stop cold turkey and trust God.I mean trust Him with all i have.

  7. Wow weird to word this is what I’m going thru n every thought is what I’m thinking.. I pray n I’ve tried many times in a detox place but always leave.. I feel I’m theonly really sick one there at least physically. Idk what to do . I’m the only one ever throwing up can’t eat sleep stand or see while all over ppl coming iff drugs are fine able to walk talk n laugh.. I can’t stand being the only one line that say the detox places.

  8. I’m pretty stuck right now. It certainly feels like it at least. It’s one thing I’m really sure of about myself is I’m stuck in this right now. I’m just not coping well with life and I haven’t for a while now. I really enjoyed this article. When I am struggling emotionally, like I am tonight, if I can really dig, I can usually find an article like this. It reminded me of hope with G-d and not in anything else. I struggle with happiness and all of the other negative emotions under the worn out umbrella of depression. I have good days but I’m just struggling with myself. That’s what I will share but I enjoyed this article and will save it for more of the times I will need it.

  9. Hello I was in college when I got addicted to perks like a true prodigal. I finally broke down 3.5 years ago and drove to a church and told the pastor I could no longer take care of myself I was lost and that I wanted to give it all to Christ my king and savior, Wich wasn’t much. This changed everything he filled my heart with such desire and love for him. He filled my mind with his word and I have served him daily since. I still battle with the opiates though I currently take 1 to 3 MG a day of subtex and for the life of me cannot make it the 6 days without sleep while tying to raise 3 kids and work full time. My wife is in the same boat. How do I end this Idol…..?

    1. Hi Jinathan. I suggest that you call the number displayed on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

    2. Hi Jonathan. I suggest that you call the helpline on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant.

  10. There is a free book on Amazon that I read and used to get clean, it takes some time to absorb but it really changed my life. I wish every addict could read it. Its called Defeating Heroine addiction the Christian was. When I want to relapse I now can just shut it off.

  11. As a Christian I realized that my addiction was more than just me using heroin. I mean I kept using it and l didn’t want to so why couldn’t I stop. But then I found a book on Amazon called Defeating heroin addiction the Christian way. That book changed my whole view and everything. I am clean now and I know how to turn off the mind of the flesh through the Holy Spirit. I wish every Christian could read it. I try to spread the word whenever I can,

  12. NEVER get on suboxone or subutex, it is way longer and harder of a withdraw than regular opiates. I have been on it for almost four years and I cry to JESUS everyday now begging Him to not let me go burn in hell for my bupe usage. It is a trick trust me. I wish I would have went through the silly and very simple 3 day withdraw instead of getting on this monster drug with a more than two week withdraw and so much anxiety., Never ever ever get on it, it is also stronger than morphine, funny huh?

  13. Please don’t recommend suboxone. Im withdrawing from it After 9years. It’s just another drug that will leave you addicted and ashamed

  14. Please help me lord God .i want. To be clean from drugs.i want You to. Controll my whole life.i want to love my wife. Please help me. God

  15. Thank you, I am having a very hard time and desperately feel I need god to take over my life. Your words are comforting to me. I’m ready to get clean for good, it’s do hard while feeling all alone

  16. Hey I’m a Christian and I have I few questions about the suboxone program to help me in my journey of recovery from a general curse that I’m ready to break, please help me through my journey

  17. Thank you for sharing your testimony! ! I am 35 and have had 2 rotator cuffs repaired from a fall and tore them .I also have a business with employees so I thought I need to get back out on the job as soon as possible not knowing what I was creating! ! Now it’s a year and a half after my second surgery and I cannot function without my opiates! ! Open for ideas on what to do next? God Bless You. Merlin

  18. Just need some direction. I’m heaving a hard time staying away from alchohal and occasionally drugs. I desire to be a Godly man but I keep derailing my journey with my bad habits. My soul is so grieved. I just want to be free of this heavy burden. I know that Jesus loves me and I love him. I just want to be the Godly husband and father I know I can be.

  19. I’d love to get on suboxone, actually I got into a program but I’m a dual diagnosis person who has been on Klonopin for 17 years or so. They have a no benzodiazepine policy and I tried to stop the Klonopin cold turkey so I could be on suboxone and about died. Honestly if you have a pill addiction and believe me mine was a wired one. I just stopped the pain pills cold turkey. After 5 miserable days life started looking brighter, sure I had my very bad days but now I’m so glad to be back to myself. I never upgraded to non pharmaceuticals but I was sniffing dilaudid at the time and I handled the withdrawals the important thing is have a good support system! There’s life after opiates…..God has plans for us all.

  20. Well all the things that l read on this site seems to be true and thats what lm going thru almost everyday, my addiction to Crack-cocaine has been going on for about 2-3 years and lm trying to stay motivated but l always find my self breathing that white stuff.. Im rilly tied off this! My only problem is lm finding it very dificult to confess this addiction to of mu beloved onesaround me! Is there any other way that l can do to overcome this alone??

    1. Hi, Pardon. I believe that your beloved may give you support if you tell her/him. It’s up to you. I suggest you call our trusted treatment providers and ask them about your options. The number is displayed on our site. Good luck!

  21. I am thankful for this post and it has made me want to step forward more for myself and my boyfriend . I’m struggling and my heart is aching for my soulmate. His flash is here but soul is gone away. I know it come back but only thru God. God does work miracles and I pray every night He will do so for him . I need prayer too.

  22. whoever you are thank you as I was typing it into Google the way I had worded it sounded so stupid and I click on your post and I start reading and these could be my complete exact words it was like I was reading something that I wrote about my own personal experience and I’m sure millions of other people I’m still battling with addiction but I am a Christian I do believe in my Lord and Savior and that if he is for me who can be against me I think maybe I say those words but I can’t even tell if I believe them because I can say if there’s one thing I have it’s faith so why can’t I fix this. One thing I do know is that I will never ever stop trying the devil will never get me to the point to where I feel as if he could ever defeat my God my name is Angela and since I’m guessing you’re a Christian or Catholic or some type a religious LOL maybe you could pray for me either way thank you for your post it helped…GOD BLESS

  23. Unfortunately, churches do not understand addiction and often put down AA. But, after having more hands laid on me and rebuking the spirit of drug-dependence, I realized that God did give the 12 steps of freedom and sanctification to Bill W. many years ago. If you are fortunate to find a sponsor that understands the steps and guides you through them properly you will be free of many of the reasons you became addicted in the first place. Ex. The 8th step: Write down all the people who effected by your addiction and list how you would feel if those things were done to you (put yourself in their position). Eventually, even tossing a candy wrapper out the window will remind you that someone will now to have to bend over and pick it up because of your actions…you will finally see yourself as others see you. (from the outside looking in…versus from the inside looking out. The truth about you will set you free.

  24. I wish addiction was the end of the problem, but after surviving multiple traumatic incidents I incurred brain damage, which is misleadingly labeled as clinical depression. I have been sober for 13 years and went on Suboxone after going through a very difficult mental and physical time. Now, I have been on it for 6 years and battling with depression. I was referred to the Medical Marijuana program in my state, and even though weed helped me crawl out of the darkest time in my life, I don’t wish to go back. Both the Suboxone & Marijuana make me feel guilty before God, even though my relationship with God has been better and I truly believe the Grace of God covers everything, the enemy still puts thoughts of guilt when my depression is at its worse.
    In His Love,

  25. I Just wanted to share my addiction to anyone that will read this. Labor day of 2015the this year,my boss at work sat me down.And asked me whats the deal with the tweaking? That day eas the last day i touched crack cocaine. That was me hitting bottom. I CAN NOTlive like this anymore pretending im normal when in fact im not. I pray everynite @day for god to give me the strength not to give in to the devil. Dreams from my past.memories of my lies. Memories i had in my mind are hone for now. But each day im starting to remember the littlest things. So im looking for answer how to deal with the guilt in my past. I Do take an generic anxiety pill one daily just to give me a lil peace each day,knowing im fighting the devil everyday.

  26. I need help how to help my daughter that is addicted to pain kill pills she admitted her problem and wants help where should I start? I am Christian and I don’t trust just any resource

    1. Hi Iris. My advise is to call the helpline number you can find displayed on our site. You will get in touch with our trusted treatment providers that can help you find the best treatment program fit for your daughter’s needs.

  27. Suboxen is not the answer for drug addicts, for it is just another form of a opiate. I got off drugs with suboxen and now I am addicted to suboxen and can’t get off.

  28. Rori,

    I’m so sorry I’m just now getting the notification of the reply on this article. I certainly would have contacted you MUCH sooner! Narcotic addiction has such a strong hold on your brain it’s virtually impossible to do on your own. I would try to find an internal medicine doctor who prescribes Suboxone. They tend to look at the whole picture. If you go to a drug treatment facility, many tend to be in it just for the money. I would find an interest who will call it in to a pharmacy for you. Your insurance may pay for it. Some do, some don’t. Here’s the important thing to realize…you had a life before narcotic addiction. It’s not the end. You CAN learn to live without it. The longer you go without it, the easier it gets. Your brain begins to return to it’s physical normal ( yes, it’s actually altered physically by narcotics) and the Suboxone can help tremendously with that. The Suboxone itself isn’t the easiest to come off of, but MUCH easier than opiods.

    (And in response to Mike, I am no longer on Suboxone).

    And Rori, I can tell you this for sure. God can redeem all of the time and mistakes you made while addicted. He can use you for good. I have my story and many suggestions to help along with the suboxone on my website ( I would recommend finding a church that has the celebrate recovery program to help with support. Twenty years is a long time but to God it’s nothing. Have faith and don’t put limits on what He can do!

  29. I’m coming off a wicked opiate addiction to pain pills. I know Suboxone is a wonder drug but I also want to emphasize what you said about not taking the first doctor that comes along. Suboxone is a huge money making industry now. I find if you look around and find a suboxone doctor that takes public healthcare Medicaid etc. that’s the one to go with. They are usually more empathetic and sincerely care about recovery and not making a buck. It’s just a good character judging method. If the doctor only takes self pay…even if that’s how you are going to pay, I’d personally steer clear. May YAHWEH bless and lead you all on the long but well worth it, road to recovery. Hadassah

  30. Hi, I am 30/m from North East India and I’m still under Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST)because of my heroin use (chasing)…I really want to be normal again to not depend on OST since I may be able to stop using heroin whenever I can’t get my OST. help!!!

  31. I need help I am a Christian and am looking for more info. on getting help from a christian perspective. I have tried N.A. , Rational Recovery, ect. and did not get much results. I have been fighting this battle and loosing
    for more than 20 years, The few times that I had any success was from going to church, but those were short lived and I always ended up getting back on drugs. One thing is I have not given up hope or my faith. I just hope I can find some more help. I don’t have a church that I am attending or any Christian friends that I can ask for guidence. I hope that someone can point me in the right direction for a place to get some Christian advice, support and gudence. Thank you for any feed back 🙁

  32. Ellen, thanks for such great comments on they layout of the article. It is such a long journey, laying out help in a short article is challenging. Hopefully I’ve laid out a basis for help and readers will watch for more to info to follow.

  33. That’s a great post, Celeste. Great way to lay it out, with your story, signs and symptoms of addiction, and why it’s so hard to reach out for help. Good lists of the lies we believe.

    The specific, concrete steps you laid out to get help are great and I like the way you reminded everyone that it’s a journey that takes time.

  34. I’d like to get a friend to read your articles on drug addiction. Also, I have a couple of things to tell you about this article. Call me…Mom

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