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15 Bible Verses About Addiction

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

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bible verses about addiction

Spirituality can be a powerful tool in recovery. It can provide you with purpose, support, and hope for the future. Spirituality, especially in recovery, can also be very complex and what it means to each person can be very different. It is well established, however, that any form of religion or spirituality is a major supporting factor in recovery. Practicing religion and spirituality offers you a sense of purpose and community; both necessary for long-term sobriety. 

Overcoming Addiction Bible Verses

In Christianity specifically, for those who subscribe to its tenets, the Bible can offer comfort and hope in times of distress or hopelessness. Verses in the Bible describe how God heals those who are suffering and sick. Through spirituality and believing in something bigger than yourself, God says he can heal both your body and your soul. The Bible also highlights the importance of helping others who are also suffering and offering them your support. Through offering up what you control to God, and focusing on what you can, recovery becomes easier and slightly more manageable. Here are 15 bible verses that discuss addiction and recovery:

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Here are the top 15 Bible Verses About Addiction

Corinthians 6:12

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Corinthians 6:12

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.”

Psalms 19:14

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Psalms 30:1-3

“I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.”

Psalms 107:19-20

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”

James 4:7

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

James 4:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

James 5:15-16

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Revelation 21:3-4

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’”

Romans 5:3-5

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Galatians 6:1

“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”

Lamentations 3:40

“Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.”

Jeremiah 29:12-13

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Zechariah 9:12

“Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The sense of purpose and community provided by spirituality and religion makes recovery a little less overwhelming. If you would like to explore your spirituality and religion in a supporting, safe environment, Design for Recovery may be the place for you. Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or if you just want a safe space to continue practicing, Design for Recovery provides you with a sober-living environment built on peer support, character building, and skill development. Here you can further your spiritual journey while developing other skills and tools to help you stay sober long-term.

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If you know someone who is struggling with drug addiction, you may be wondering how to best pray for them. Here are a few ideas to get you started: – Pray that they will find strength to overcome their addiction. – Pray that they will receive the help and support they need. – Pray that they will find healing and peace. – Pray that they will be able to overcome any obstacles in their recovery. – Pray that they will have the courage to stay on the path of recovery. – Pray that they will be able to look back on their experience with drug addiction and see how far they have come.

While the Bible does not specifically address the issue of addiction, there are several principles that can be applied to help those struggling with this issue. First, it is clear that God desires for us to have self-control and mastery over our own lives. In Galatians 5:22-23, we see that self-control is listed as one of the fruit of the Spirit. This means that as Christians, we should be growing in our ability to exercise self-control in every area of our lives – including in our battle against addiction. In addition, we see throughout Scripture that God is concerned with our heart attitude and motivations. In Colossians 3:5, we are told to put to death what is earthly in us. This would certainly include any addictive behavior that is pulling us away from God. Finally, we see that God desires for us to live in community with other believers. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, we are told that two are better than one because if one falls, the other can help them up. This is true in our spiritual lives as well – we need other believers to help us stay accountable and encourage us in our walk with Christ.

While the Bible does not specifically mention drugs, it is clear that any substance that can lead to intoxication and affect our judgment is to be avoided. Drugs can quickly become addictive, enslaving us to our habits and causing us to act in ways that are harmful to ourselves and others. If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction, there is hope! Resources like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous offer support and guidance for those who are trying to break free from addiction. You can also contact your local church or community center for help and information about available resources.


Edited by: David Beasley

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David Beasley is a certified RADT (Registered Alcohol/Drug Technician). David, moved to California from North Carolina after many failed attempts to get sober.

Medically Reviewed by: Charley Allen

Charley earned his Masters of Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).He teaches mindfulness to both adults and children in group setting such as schools, corporate workplaces, and medical treatment facilities.

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