Prayer For Help With My Smoking Addiction
How to Help Someone Stop Smoking Weed
Do you have a friend or family member who is continuously smoking weed? Are you the parent of someone who seems to rely on weed to get himself (or herself) through the day? It is possible to help a person stop smoking weed.
with any drug, the effects of the drug themselves make it very hard for a person to stop once he has developed a dependence on the drug.
It can seem very true to the drug-user that he needs the drug every day just to cope with life, just to feel what he considers “normal.
” Despite these fixed ways of thinking, on the Narconon program, marijuana addicts have recovered the ability to think clearly, enjoy life and achieve goals again.
Symptoms of Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana use creates euphoria, sedation, lethargy and a feeling of empathy that is not real emotions. With high doses or chronic use, a person can suffer memory loss, difficulty paying attention, even panic attacks and hallucinations.
He may feel his senses are sharper but he will lose an accurate sense of speed or distance which can make him a dangerous driver.
The loss of inhibitions combined with poor judgment that commonly occurs when stoned may mean that decisions with dangerous consequences may be made, such as the decision to take on a physical challenge that cannot be safely met, or the decision to have unprotected sex.
Of course, many people know that weed use results in loss of coordination that can seem funny at the time. Marijuana is well known for causing the “munchies”—increased appetite for snack foods, especially sweets. The eyes of a marijuana smoker are normally red after he smokes the drug.What many people do not know is that heavy weed use is increasingly resulting in what has been termed “cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome” which simply means that use of high potency weed can cause people severe, excruciating abdominal pain and violent vomiting that continues for a long period of time.
In fact, the only temporary relief seems to come from staying in a hot shower or bath for hours. If a person does not know that the cause of this problem is cannabis or weed, he can continue to cause the problem by smoking more weed. Medical treatment or drugs do not ease the pain or vomiting. The solution is to stop using weed.
Doctors are slowly becoming aware of the cause of this problem and are more ly to ask if the person suffering this type of condition is using cannabis.
Problems for Students in Particular
Marijuana abuse is especially popular among young people. Right at the time in their lives when they should be learning and planning careers, marijuana may be sapping their ability to focus, learn, think logically and retain what they have learned. In addition, a person who chronically abuses this drug very often suffers a loss of motivation.
Educational goals may become uninteresting and the lethargy and lack of focus resulting from marijuana abuse make it hard to follow through on assignments anyway. Statistically, more young people receive lower grades when they habitually smoked weed.
One study showed that of those who had been heavy users completed college less often and had lower incomes after leaving college.
So these points cover how to tell if a person you care about is using weed and what the negative effects of this drug can be. You may already have been aware of some of these problems but didn’t know how to help.
If a person feels that using marijuana is making his life better, you will have a hard time convincing him (or her) to stop smoking the drug.
You may have to work with your friend or family member to remind him of the way things were before he began to rely on marijuana to detach him from problems and emotions.
Help him compare the way things are now with earlier times when he might have talked about his plans and future with enthusiasm.
You may have to convince him that the dreams he gave up on can still be attained if he quits cannabis use with your help. These earlier dreams and enthusiasms are the key to helping many people envision a new life without drugs, but that new desire may be fleeting. If you get his interest again, you must move quickly to the creation of a new sobriety so these dreams can be renewed.
You will have to work with this person to get him to stop using the drug. He will have to stay away from drug-using and drug-selling friends because most people easily fall back into drug abuse when hanging out with the people still involved in the drug habit.
The withdrawal symptoms he may encounter include:
- Anger, tension, irritability, restlessness, depression
- Chills, stomach pains, shaking, sweating
- Decreased appetite, sleep difficulties, bad dreams, nausea
These symptoms are not normally severe but he may need help resisting the cravings that probably will last for weeks or months. Clearly set goals and the support of sober family and friends can help him stay on a new, creative path toward goals of his own choosing. Nutritional supplementation can help him recover energy and interest in life and help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal.
What if He Can’t Seem to Quit?
Each year, more than 400,000 people enter rehabs to get help for addiction to marijuana. And these are only the ones entering publicly funded facilities, which means the real total would be higher.
Since only about one in ten people who need help for addiction get it, it would be easy to estimate that more than four million people are addicted to this drug. A heavy user may be so drowned in the fog of drug abuse that he can’t quit using the drug when he wants to.
In this case, a long-term rehabilitation program that helps a person build a new sober life and the skills to maintain it over the long haul is the answer. This is the service provided by Narconon drug rehabilitation centers around the world.In many rehabs, prescription drugs make up part of the treatment program. Not at a Narconon center. The entire program is drug-free. Nutritional supplements aid a person in regaining energy and bright viewpoint.
A sauna-based detoxification step flushes out the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating ingredient in weed), helping a person regain the clear thinking they may have left far behind.
The life skills segment of the Narconon program walks a person through the learning of the real-life abilities needed to stay sober and achieve goals.
If you are trying to help a person stop smoking weed, you should find out about the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation today. If he can’t stop using the drug on his own, he needs the help of an effective rehab program before any more of his life or talents are wasted, and definitely before he can progress on to use a more heavily addictive drug.
Prayers for Addictions
This “Prayers for Addictions” page
to help and encourage those
who are fighting an addiction battle.
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We have several prayers
including an audio prayer.
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Before we share the prayers on this page,
we first want to share the other pages
that we have on this topic.
POWERFUL Addiction PRAYER
Prayer for Yielding to God and following him more closely
For tips on Conquering Addiction:
“How to Stop Drinking and other addicitions”
For more Power Prayer:
Addiction Spiritual Warfare Prayer
For Addiction to Pornography go to our page:
Get Free from Pornography
For Becoming a VICTORIOUS CHAMPION
Champions for Christ!
Prayer for Help
You know what I crave.
You know my struggles.
I call out to you.
You have all the answers on how to be free.
Cleanse my thoughts and cleanse my body.
Renew my mind as I read your Word.
Guide me through this valley to a place of victory.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Copyright © 2015 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Next we are going to present an
Addiction Prayer from Ora Mosley.
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Prayer for Tobacco and other Addictions
Next, we present to you the following devotional-prayer.
It is specifically written for a
Copenhagen tobacco addiction.
Nevertheless, you can use it to fashion a prayer
that meets your specific need.
Every heartfelt prayer
is a welcome prayer to the Lord.
Friend and Enemy
Oh,what a friend I have in you my dear Copenhagen; you've always been very closeto my heart.
Thrugood times and the bad, you've never abandoned me. I've entirely depended onyou thru the most horrific times of my life. You truly have been my bestfriend. You have always sought me and wrapped your arms around me. You haveplanted seeds of desire for you; how great are thou.
Ihave protected you from wicked people who have talked poorly of you. I have hiddenyou and justified our close nit relationship. How dare someone talk badly aboutmy best friend….you can't be the sin everyone is saying. You must love me….and never would you mean to bring harm to me. You've been a great and powerfulforce in my life.
Mydearest friend Copenhagen,my newest friend, Jesus Christ,
has convicted myheart about you.
Hehas shown me the darkness of our relationship. The lies and deceit that youhave taught me has trickled into other parts of my life.
Youhave attacked my integrity, my faith, and my direction toward the Lord.
Youhave warped my mind and now I must rewire my thinking. You have also attackedmy lovely wife with lies and deception.
You'rethe same snake that deceived Eve in the Holy Garden. You are the Prince of theEarth, but no longer the reigning source of my heart, mind, and soul. In thename of Jesus Christ, I release you into the hands of the Father; may his willbe done.
I plead the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth over my wife, family,and me. I demand you to leave with your lies and deception immediately! I'm anew being in Christ, and I firmly stand on this from this day forward.
Copyright © 2008 Tim Miller
Used by permission
I encourage you to say these often:
I will dwell on the good, godly things
that God puts into my life.
I will satisfy myself with the good, godly things
that God putsinto my life.
to read a Food Addiction Prayer
written by a visitor to this site.
We invite you to the bottom of the page
to read several new addiction prayers
from another visitor to this site.
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Please consider writing your own original prayer for addiction
and sending it to us on the form below.
We all need each other.
We also suggest that you look through our Full Armor of God pages.
Those pages are designed to add strength to our life.
Here is an example:
The Shield of Faith
They are all posted on our Bible Devotions page.
Prayers for Addictions
“Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can't find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me.” Psalm 69:1-2 NLT
“O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don't let me be disgraced. Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me and set me free.
Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors.
O Lord, you alone are my hope.” Psalm 71:1-5a NLT
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Rescue from the leavened quicksand
Heavenly Father; I cry out to you to help me … for I am sinking fast into the leavened quicksand. Addiction is pulling me into the deep darkness of despair …
My God is able
I pray for the addicts, I pray for the children in the cross fire, I once was lost, (life of an addict) but now I am found. I ask this for my son. …
Trusting in YOU L-RD
Yahweh Rophe Only YOU can change the path of my son. I repent for the days of his childhood when I failed him because of my addiction to alcohol. I feel …
Addict for too long
I need you father god , addiction to drugs has left me alone , I need you for you are the only one who really knows me, and has never left my side , I …
Take one if you will and slip away another day. A day used someone else walked, yours gone you just talked Not to add but …
I have a sex addiction
Pray for me that I loose the desire to just have sex with anybody it could be a stranger and I don't care I just want to have sex. I meet people off line …
Forgive him bring him your light
Pray fir my lost soul son who is wrapped up in drinking, drugs, smoking. He is depressed. Suffers form sleep path era and wastes his money on indulgences. …
Dear lord please help me hold on I am tired and I can't be strong. My life is crumbling from the inside out. I am worthy of your love I have no doubt. …
My child don't you know how it makes my heart grieve To see you struggling so just to believe? Don't you know that I love you – that my heart breaks …
How Do I….
How do I let go of all of my grief? How do I turn to You and completely believe? How do I let go and hand You my fear? How do I trust You with …
Look To Me
Look to me my child when you're down and out. Hit your knees and call my name when you're full of doubt. Lift your heart and your eyes to the heavens …
Unworthy of You, Your grace and Your love. Unworthy of Your Son sent from above. Unworthy to even utter Your name. I'm just a lowly sinner …
The Devil is Calling
The devil is calling; please help me be strong. For what he is asking my heart knows is wrong. He plays on my fears as he calls out my name. But …
I need help from addiction
PLS pray for me to be forever free
She wrote: I am in a world wind of darkness. I can't break the addiction of drinking, my finances are getting worse. I need to find a job or I will loose …
Prayer for Food Addiction
Dear Heavenly Father, You alone, know ALL my needs, and all my body's needs, having created it. Food has been my “comforter” for wayyyy too long. …
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Quitting smoking cigarettes by spiritual practice | SSRF English
Omprakash, a resident of Dubai, UAE was addicted to smoking cigarettes for 11 years despite innumerable efforts to quit smoking.
In a workshop conducted by the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF), he came to know about the spiritual root cause of addiction as well as the spiritual healing remedies for it.
He immediately took up the spiritual healing remedy of chanting and overcame his addiction within 7 days. This article is a telephonic interview with him on 2nd October 2006.
SSRF publishes these case studies with the intention of providing some direction to our readers with regard to problems that manifest at a physical or psychological level, but which can have their root cause in the spiritual dimension.
When the root cause of a problem is spiritual in nature we have observed that the inclusion of spiritual healing remedies generally gives the best results. SSRF advises continuation of conventional medical treatment along with spiritual healing remedies for the treatment of physical and psychiatric illnesses.
Readers are advised to take up any spiritual healing remedy at their own discretion.
Omprakash (34) is originally from India. He is a Business Development Manager in Dubai. Even though he is not an overtly religious person, he believes in a higher divine power.
He was not doing any chanting or ritualistic worship of God prior to attending the SSRF workshop. His wife had to literally force him to attend any form of ritualistic worship of God.
His father was also addicted to smoking.
Interview with Mr. Omprakash
Interviewer: Hello Omprakash, thank you for giving us this interview. Before we start the interview, congratulations on successfully giving up smoking.
Omprakash: (smiles) Thanks
Interviewer: Can you give us a brief history about your smoking addiction?
Omprakash: The smoking habit started in 1995 when I was 23 years old. After coming to Dubai, I saw girls smoking at a party, which was quite unusual from a traditional Indian perspective.
I thought to myself, if girls can smoke freely then why do I hesitate to indulge in it? Initially it was all for the fun of it, but gradually it became a compulsive habit. Now it is almost 11 years since I began smoking. Initially I used to smoke 2 to 3 cigarettes a day.
Later it increased to 10 to 15 cigarettes a day.
Interviewer: Did you ever try to give up your addiction?
Omprakash: A number of times.
I would take some measures to stop, such as keeping coins in my pocket instead of currency notes so that I would be able to buy only loose cigarettes and not a packet or I would buy only loose cigarettes and not the packet etc.
, but this way at the most I could reduce to 6 to 8 cigarettes a day. However this phenomenon would go on for a week and again I would be back to my routine of smoking 10 to 15 cigarettes a day.
If at all I did quit smoking entirely, the maximum I could stay away from it was for 7 days and then I would be back at it.
Earlier when I would be smoking I would feel fatigued, stressed out and tired but when I would quit smoking I would be worse off as i would get a bad cough and cold. When I would start again, I would feel better. At times, I used to even drink every week but somehow I was able to stay away from that habit taking root through sheer will power.
Interviewer: So how did you overcome smoking?
Omprakash: It all came about after attending an SSRF lecture. I came to know about the lecture on ‘Spiritual research on ghosts’ held on 15th Sep 2006 in Dubai through a family friend who had seen the advertisement poster put up in the temple.
Then my friend coaxed me to attend the lecture. I felt it was a divine intervention that a person me actually landed up for that workshop. During the course of the lecture, I came to know that most addictions are due to demonic possession and one of the spiritual healing remedies is chanting the Name of God as per one’s religion of birth.
I decided to try it at once.
Interviewer: What made you follow the advice given by SSRF?
Omprakash: I just felt that my presence at the lecture was clearly due to divine intervention. I also d the scientific explanations given by SSRF in the lecture. Hence when I understood that the cause of my problem is possession, I decided to give the remedy a try.
From that day onwards I started chanting 2 malas (2 x 108 times) of ‘Om Namaha Shivaaya’, which is the chant of my family deity. I used the help of my fingers to keep a count of my chanting.
Since that very day, whenever I got an urge to smoke and I held a cigarette in my hand, I felt as if it is a devil and I threw it down at once. This phenomenon kept on repeating.Now it is almost 15 days that I have stayed away from smoking. I don’t even get the urge to smoke.
The Spiritual science behind the cure: Only if the cause of the addiction is purely due to a spiritual factor being affected or possessed by a ghost (demon, devil, negative energy etc.) can it go away this fast. The increase in the subtle basic sattva component brought about by chanting acts in two ways:
- By creating a protective sheath around the person.
- By removing the black covering created by ghosts around the person.
Ghosts are high in the subtle basic tama component and therefore feel stifled, intimidated and distressed with the increase of the subtle basic sattva component in the person that they are possessing.
Refer to the article on ‘What are the three subtle basic components of sattva, raja and tama?’
On 22nd September 06, we performed the yearly rituals (Shraaddha rituals) for departed ancestors. My departed father was a smoker too.
I was told that as he was a smoker, I need to smoke after we finished the Shraaddha lunch to satisfy his craving. But I was not able to even hold the cigarette in my hand and felt dropping it a hot coal.
My wife was surprised to see this, as she is aware of my addiction to smoking.
Interviewer: But why did you share this so late with us, i.e. after 15 days?
Omprakash: Because I wanted to be sure that it is not my past efforts where I would start smoking again within 7 days. This time I wanted to give it more time and so I shared this spiritual experience with you during SSRF’s next lecture on ‘Destiny’.
Interviewer: Are you continuing chanting now that your smoking habit has gone?
Omprakash: Now I chant even more. I do not keep a count but I chant while driving, walking and working. Hence I am not sure of the number of chants.
Interviewer: Have you observed any other change in yourself in any other aspect?
Omprakash: Being a business development manager, I constantly suffer from stress related to my job but nowadays I never think about it. I just chant and that has reduced some stress. I am even experiencing some peace.
Interviewer: Do your family members notice any changes in you?
Omprakash: Yes, they have seen a change in me but they are unable to believe it and so they just dismiss it.
Interviewer: Did you share this freedom from addiction with your other family members (not immediate family), friends, colleagues etc.?
Omprakash: Yes I did share my experience with a few. They all say that the Name of God coming from my mouth sounds odd and so they make fun of me.
Interviewer: Did you tell any other smoker or drinker about this? What was your experience?
Omprakash: Yes, I tried to share it with my friends with habits but they all make fun of me. I am waiting for a complete change in myself so that they will see it is for keeps and then believe in it completely.
Interviewer: Would you mind if we publish your experience on our website?
Omprakash: Of course not. Why should I mind? I only pray that if there are others me suffering from addictions, then they be helped by reading my case study.
Editor’s note:We have been following up with Omprakash regarding his addiction since this interview was taken.As of 2nd May 2007, Omprakash has been able to quit smoking of cigarettes for over 7 months and has become addiction free. He has not felt the need to go back to it. Through out this period he has been persistent with the chanting of his family deity’s Name.
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Cigarette smoking addiction have more than 4,000 individual compounds and more than 60 of these compounds that are known as carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). Every time you light up a cigarette, you are inhaling cancer-causing agents into your lungs.
Cigarette Smoking Addiction Abuses the Body
If you are a child of God, that means you are abusing the temple of the Holy Spirit. Can you see how that opens the door to a spirit of death? Along with 60 compounds, many of these substances have carbon monoxide, tar, arsenic and lead that are poisonous and toxic to the human body. You are poisoning your entire body even your skin which is the largest organ in or on your body.
We can further see in 1 Corinthians 3:17, when we behave or perform irresponsibly and defile our body we open ourselves to our physical destruction.
Cigarette Smoking Addiction to Nicotine is a Drug
Nicotine is a DRUG that naturally present in the tobacco plant and primarily responsible for addiction to cigarettes. During smoking, nicotine is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and travels to the brain in a matter of seconds. In fact, smoking harms almost every major organ of the body.
Cigarette Smoking Addiction Kills
Every year 350,000 Americans die prematurely from diseases caused by cigarettes, COPD, Lung Cancer, Emphasema, chronic bronchitis, and coronary heart disease and strokes. With smokers, lung cancer is the number one cause in both men and women. Only 12-15% survive lung cancer.
Lung cancer is a silent killer and when problems arise from complications from lung cancer, it is usually to late. Did you know over 90% of lung cancers are preventable? Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral vascular disease. The blood vessels narrow carrying blood to the leg and arm muscles.
So blood clot blocks the narrowed artery causing death or lose of a limb.
Nicotine Addiction Spiritual Root
Bottom line, nicotine cigarette smoking addiction spiritual root is the need to be loved! The need to be loved is built within the creation of God to us. Those who have addictions was usually not nurtured properly by someone important in your life – possibly your parents. You may have had parents, but they did not know how to hold you or say “I love you”.
Are you still trying to find someone say “I love you?” The enemy comes in and says that God does not love you, but that is a lie from the pit of hell. Because of the addiction, it is hard to love yourself or accept that the Father truly still loves you.Are you not loved by those around you? Did you know that lie causes yourself needing a “fix” to fill that void!
Some say the problem is not being breast fed and so smoking that cigarette replaces the need for a breast for comfort. Smoking cigarettes, because of stress, is a false pathway to peace. Our only peace come from God. God through Jesus Christ can fill the gap that no man or woman can fulfill in your life.
Cigarette Smoking Addiction from Satan
Satan and the unclean spirits (demons) know they have spiritual “legal right or ground” to successfully attack and harm (steal, kill, destroy) the smoking believer! Spiritually speaking (the way God sees it) cigarette smoking is “burning incense to other (demon) gods”. II Kings 22:17, II Kings 23:5; II Chronicles 28:25, 34:24, 34:25; Jeremiah 1:16, 7:9, 11:12, 19:4; Chapter 44, 48:35.
Spiritual Roots of Addiction
Ask God to fill the void in your life and ask Him to help you understand just how much you are loved by the Father who sent His son to die for you. Today, right now, ask the Lord to fill that void with something, ask God to help you be complete in Him, just as you are in His unconditional, never-fading love and defeat addictions!
Breaking Cigarette Nicotine Addiction Prayer
“Dear Father, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I have sinned against you in smoking tobacco. I confess my sin in offering incense to demons and in worshipping false gods. I have polluted my body, Your Holy Temple, and placed myself under the curse of destruction.
I have believed Satan’s lies and have taken a false pathway to peace in dealing with stress. I have listened to false spirits of addiction. I have also harmed others who have been forced to smoke in my presence.
I repent for the spirit of addiction, mindset of addiction, defiling the temple of God, false pathway to peace, and opening the door to death and destruction. Forgive me of my sins, Father in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareath.
Your Word tells me through Jesus your Son I can do all things and that means giving up cigarette smoking through faith in His Name and in the power of the blood of His atonement, I am free from Satan’s bondage. Lord, for years I have been in bondage to cigarettes, nicotine and smoking, doing harm to my body – Your Temple – and making it a habitation of demons.
I place this bad habit and addiction on your altar – I nail it to the cross. In the Name of the Messiah (Jesus Christ), I command you, spirit of addiction and bad habit, mindset of addiction, need for love, to depart from me and enter me no more.
I will not take up eating as a substitute; therefore I will not gain weight, for I am completely free of this bondage to addiction.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I break the curse of burning incense to other gods that I may have inherited from my ancestors especially addictions, by the power of His blood, dissolving all ungodly ties and influences that may have come through them and especially in connection with smoking and nicotine addiction. I break the curse of self-destruction and command all demons associated with these things to depart in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and by the power of His blood, and forbid them to return.
I cast out any spirits of infirmity, sickness and disease and break the spirit of destruction caused by smoking and ask you to restore my body fully to health, repairing any damaged organs and bringing my immune system into full functioning order.I rededicate my temple to you, Holy Father, and ask that Your Name, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, will dwell within it, and I invite the (Holy Spirit) to take up occupance wherever demons have previously resided.
I invite the Holy Breath into my nose, and mouth, and throat, and lungs, to purify me completely. I invite the Holy Breath to enter my blood and purify my whole bodily system so that it is completely and utterly dedicated to You, Father God.
I also call on the love of the Lord to meet me completely and fill me with His love into my being and let me know from the heart how much you love me and have forgiven me.
And I ask Your Son, (Jesus), to restore me to a right mind and to purify my emotions, so that I may think and feel as He wishes me to feel – please break all the programming of false pathways of peace, all lies in my system so that from henceforth I am governed only by Truth.
I covenant in the Name of (Jesus) and before these witnesses [get two witnesses to your prayer] that I will never purchase tobacco or smoke again, or profane Your holy temple, or blaspheme the Name of the Most High. Amen.
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The power of prayer in addiction recovery
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Struggling with a substance abuse addiction takes its toll not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well.
That’s why Christian drug and alcohol treatment centers strongly believe in treating the person as a whole; mind, body and spirit.
How does prayer work in recovery? The power of prayer in recovery builds hope and provides the motivation and strength to fight the good fight against addiction.
Finding or restoring a relationship with God during rehab provides a powerful Helper while on the journey to life-long recovery. Strengthening a relationship with God through group and personal Bible studies, and fellowship with others through prayer groups, provides an unexplainable sense of peace and boundless hope. In its essence, faith in recovery needs to be accompanied by actions.
“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” -Matthew 20:32-34
The healing power of prayer is a proven fact that scientific and medical research equally support. There are documented studies that prayer has healed many serious diseases much to the puzzlement of medical practitioners. The power of prayer is a mighty God-given gift that can heal addiction too.
No one is without weakness; no one. How we react to that weakness, however, makes all the difference in the world. Turning to drugs or alcohol is the easy way out and not the reaction God desires.
God offers unlimited strength to those who turn to Him in prayer; releasing control and allowing Him to take charge of that weakness – that addiction – will extinguish its power and hold on an addict’s life.
There are many more benefits gained through genuine faith and prayer:
- You will never be alone in the battle
- Relief from fear and anxiety
- Balance of mind, body and spirit
- Experiencing pure joy which increases the effectiveness of treatment during rehab
- Inspiration to do the work necessary to achieve a new life free of addiction
- Greater mental focus
- Diminished stress levels
- Strength against addiction triggers
- Reduced rate of relapse
- An increase of dopamine levels in the brain generating the serenity once manufactured by drug use
- Absence of depression
- A 24/7 Helper to guide you to making the right choices while accepting what cannot be changed
How to Pray
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
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Think of prayer as a conversation between you and God. Talk to Him as if you were talking with a friend. Prayer does not have to be a script; filled with ‘thee’ and ‘thou.’ God wants to hear from you – personally.
A good guideline is to:
- Start with some praise, tell Him how you care for Him and trust in Him alone
- Thank Him for the blessings in your life; big and small
- Ask Him for healing from your addiction and share the desires of your heart with Him
- Ask for forgiveness
- Ask for strength and protection against the evil powers of addiction
The 12-Step Recovery and Prayer
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” – Reinhold Niebuhr
A.A. and N.A. believe deeply in utilizing the power of prayer for recovery and healing. A countless number of addicts have achieved successful long-term recovery with the strength gained through praying to God.
Each of the twelve steps is complemented by a prayer which can be incorporated into personal prayer time. Reciting the Prayer of Serenity during A.A. meetings is customary and a good prayer to find strength on a daily basis during life-long recovery (what the Serenity Prayer means).
Believe in the Power of Prayer for Recovery
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” –John 10:10
Drugs and alcohol are not your friends. They are the enemy – the thief – that is intent on destroying lives and families. God promises unconditional love, protection from your enemies, a Helper to guide you and strength to carry you through. All you have to do is believe.