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The Definition of Addiction

Addiction [ah-dik-shuh n] – NOUN

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This may come as a surprise, but there is more than one definition of addiction.

The most familiar definition is “to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit-forming substance.” Recently, medical professionals have reached the consensus that addiction, an illness of both the mind and body, qualifies as being a disease. Still, the stigma surrounding addiction is very damaging. People often disqualify those with addictions from teaching or holding a position of authority in the church. In fact, the church generally believes that followers of God and Jesus Christ must not have any affiliation with harmful substances like alcohol or drugs.

Unlike the first, the second definition of addiction has very little to do with health or medical complications. Instead, the more colloquial use of the word ‘addiction’ refers to “the act of occupying (oneself) with or involving (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively.” In other words, this definition of addiction encompasses an unnatural obsession with something– especially something other than God.

Regardless of the definition, most people of faith frown upon substance addition for a variety of reasons. The most prominent reason, of course, is that God should always come first. After all, we must “Love the Lord [our] God with all [our] heart and with all [our] soul and with all [our] mind” (Matthew 22:37). So, most faithful Christians would view an addiction to anything other than God as wrong.

Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”


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No matter what your fellow Christians may think, just remember that they are human. God does not judge, and He only wants what is best for you. In this case, it is sobriety. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please call Road to Freedom at 844-402-3605. Through our faith-based programs and services, our team of addiction treatment counselors and professionals can help you regain both your sobriety and your relationship with God.

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