Originally posted May 2016
In a country where there is AA, CMA, NA, SA and many other addiction anonymous meetings why don’t we just partner with them? It does make sense. They already have established meetings with many people that we can reach out to. They have well documented “techniques” that do help those who use them. So why would we work to add just another “meeting” to the mix?
As I was praying through Psalm 20 a few weeks ago I came upon verse 7. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
There is our answer! Yes, there are steps and techniques that can assist those who are finding their way into sobriety. There is nothing inherently wrong with steps or techniques. However, many have fallen prey to the idol of steps. Their “freedom” comes through a written law of “do this step and get this benefit.” Is that actually freedom? You may find yourself sober, but all of the underlying issues that led you to use are still there. You can make amends for all the perceived wrongs you have done, but what about the initial wrong that made using the answer to your problems? It is at this point that the My Hope For Addiction meeting excels in offering a freedom that no step can!
In Romans 7 Paul discusses his struggle to do what is good and right, but finds he does the opposite! He loves the law and rules that he should live by, but constantly finds that his inner man just struggles to do it! What addict, or human, cannot understand this struggle? Yet, Paul confesses that there is only one answer, one Person who can give the freedom and ability to cause his actions to match his affections, Jesus! It is the LORD our God who gives freedom. Not simply freedom to live a sober life, but freedom from all of the guilt, shame, hurt, wounds and chains that cause the intoxication to begin with. We find that using was not the worst of our issues. Our biggest issue was and is who we put our trust in. We placed our trust in drugs, alcohol, relationships, sex and many other idols instead of the Living God. If all we do is change our trust from our addiction to a step or technique, nothing has truly changed.
So why add another group to the pool? So that those who have struggled with addiction will have a thriving relationship with their Holy God and an eternal hope and future, not simply a sober one.