Substance Abuse
By Frank Hilton • ©Word-Spirit • All Rights Reserved.

INTRODUCTION
In today's society, substance abuse is greater than it has ever been. And now, it is starting to reach a stage when legalizing drugs, that were once against the law are now being accepted with open arms.

When most people get started drinking or doing drugs, they most likely started it to fit in, to experiment or just to be cool. There are some who struggle with substance abuse because of sadness or tragedy in their lives. They would try to cope with the pain not realizing that they would become dependent on it down the road.

THE EFFECTS OF SIN
We often think of substance abuse as sin in-of-itself alone, but there is a far more greater problem that underlines addiction then one can see. Alcohol and drugs are not the problem people are dealing with; this is just an outer band-aid of internal conflict and or sin itself.

Everyday thousands upon thousands of people drink or do drugs to try and erase the hurt, pain and sadness that is caused by sin, abuse or the loneliness they feel. Even those who party and seem to be having so much fun do it because they are empty inside. Each person who becomes addicted to some form of substance has become a casualty to the emptiness and pain that sin has inflicted in their lives.

MY OWN BOUT WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE
I for one was once one of those alcohol and drug abusers before I found God. I drank booze straight out of the bottle, took acid, smoked dope, ate mushrooms and snorted cocaine. The first time I began getting involved with drugs was so that I could just fit in. But, as I became more sinful, I really got involved deeper into drugs, because inside I was hurting and trying to erase the guilt of sin in my life. I tried to quit on my own, but never succeeded. I just could not get past the sin in my life and couldn't escape the desire for chemical substances.

DRUGS & ALCOHOL WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE
I am sure somebody in your life has tried to get you to quit smoking or drinking. But, quitting isn't easy for most folks. What ends up happening is that the "drug" you are using to try and hide the pain of sin eventually takes over and brings out the worst in you. This will eventually lead a person to depression, suicide or murdering another human being. Some people end up dealing drugs and end up in jail. Is that any way to live??

HOW TO BREAK FREE
The only way to break free from it if you cannot quit on your own, is to seek God and have Him forgive and heal the inside of your soul first, and then He can remove the desire for the drugs. A person needs to find salvation in the Lord to TRULY BE FREE!!

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

When God called to me... I responded and gave my life to him. I repented of my sins and was set free by The Born Again Experience. When God delivered me, He took away the desires for those worthless substances. I was delivered in one day, with no withdrawals or without attending any self-help groups. Now, it's like I never ever did drugs at all.

After many years of living for God, I have never struggled with substance abuse; never ever been tempted either. I for one can attest to the fact that a person can be completely set free from substance abuse!!! Don't believe that lie, that once a drunk, always a drunk.

Just give your life to God and see what wonderful things he can do for you!!

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