Six Spiritual Insights That Guided Me Out of Addiction

I must confess, for a significant part of my life, I was at the grips of a profound addiction to pornography. It wasn’t a battle, it was total captivity. A little over a year ago, the concealed demon I had been wrestling with was unmasked, turning my world upside down.

The months that ensued were undoubtedly the toughest I had ever faced. The torment wasn’t exclusive to me but extended to my loved ones. For the first time, I had to admit to a formidable adversary I was ill-equipped to overcome by myself. As I dove into counseling, grappling with depression, I gained profound insights about God and life.

Today, by God’s grace, I’m liberated from the clutches of pornography. The journey to freedom was far from straightforward, peppered with hurdles and unexpected twists. But along the rocky path, I unearthed invaluable wisdom that propelled me toward recovery:

YOUR ADDICTION DOESN’T DICTATE YOUR IDENTITY

The adversary might label you based on your struggles, and you might be tempted to do the same. But the truth is, your actions don’t dictate your identity. You are not your addiction, and your sins don’t define you.

You are God’s beloved child, fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God’s love for you is constant, undeterred by your conduct. Regardless of your struggles, embrace your divine identity, lean on it, and let it guide your journey toward recovery.

OTHERS AREN’T TO BLAME FOR YOUR ADDICTION

Often when life gets tough, we instinctively point fingers. In the face of addiction, it’s common to accuse others or even God. But relying on these blame games as crutches only hinders your journey to freedom.

Only when I stopped blaming external factors for my addiction could I truly embark on the road to recovery? It was painful and challenging, but necessary. It’s time to let go of the crutches.

YOU NEED COMPANY TO CONQUER

In my years of battling addiction, I walked alone, burdened by shame and fear. It’s a fool’s errand to believe you can break the cycle in isolation. I found my turning point when my wife joined my journey, a beacon of grace and steadfast love.

If you’re entangled in the web of addiction, reach out to someone. Secrecy only fuels the problem. Seek help, find an accountability partner, join a support group, or start counseling. You’re not meant to overcome this alone.

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO RECOVERY

If you’re seeking a 10-step plan to beat addiction, you’re in for disappointment. There’s no magic cure-all, no quick fixes. The road to recovery is long and arduous.

Those who cross the finish line share one trait: unyielding perseverance. They don’t hunt for shortcuts but keep fighting, struggling, and pushing forward without surrender.

CONQUER ONE DAY AT A TIME

Overcoming addiction isn’t about setting far-off goals; it’s about rising each morning and pleading with God for strength to resist for that day. As you string together victories one day at a time, you’ll find yourself winning weeks, months, and eventually, years.

GOD CAN ABSORB YOUR ANGER AND FRUSTRATION

There were instances during my journey where I grappled with anger and frustration. I mistakenly believed that I had to suppress these emotions from God. But then, I noticed how the biblical heroes we hold in high regard expressed their struggles honestly and transparently.

God can handle your raw emotions, your frustrations, and your anger. Be open with Him. He will listen. He will hear you.

I am not a therapist or an addiction expert. I am simply a man who has walked the path of addiction and, through God’s power, found victory. Remember, addiction can strike anyone, but God despises addiction and desires to assist and celebrate your triumph over it.