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6.42 12-Step Recovery Programs

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There are many “12-step” programs for dealing with addictions. While these man-made programs might work for a few people (often only for a short time), there is only one way to completely 100% cure/heal any addiction: and that is through Christ. It is only by coming to Jesus and turning your life over to Him completely every single day that the grip of addiction is broken. Once you come to Christ and fully commit (dedicate) your life to Him, He removes the addiction. We are, of course, not absolved of our own responsibility for choosing not to drink, even after we have dedicated our lives to the Lord, but you will now be able to do that by the power of Christ living in you!

Many are unaware that most of the 12-step programs were originally based and founded upon Christian principles. However, once again, as with the ways of man, those have since been abandoned and “liberalized,” and they have pushed God and Jesus completely out of the program. But know that it is not the 12-step program that cures the addiction; it is the power of God Almighty living inside you, abiding in you, which casts out the addiction! Friend, or brother or sister in Christ, I know what I’m talking about here – I’ve been there personally, for I have lived this myself. Please see my testimony at the end of this book.

Furthermore, those who are trapped in an addiction are doubly lost: first to the addiction and second to Christ (eternally). Even if by some slim chance you manage to overcome (control) an addiction through one of these programs (or by sheer willpower), you will still be under bondage to sin and death without Christ. When you come to Christ, you fully break BOTH your bondage under sin and the addiction at the same time – and you do so by the power of Christ living in you, not by your own willpower or “12-step” programs.

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6

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Anderson, R. John. "6.42 12-Step Recovery Programs." EachDay.org. Access date: May 20, 2024. https://eachday.org/part-vi-beware-the-wolves/6-42-12-step-recovery-programs/