As a Christian, coming face to face with addiction can be one of the most challenging trials you’ll ever endure. There are many consequences of drug use, including the negative impact on your relationship with God and your perceptions of self. A substance abuse problem is a remarkable mountain you will have to scale to make it back to the greener pastures of sobriety.
Despite the secrecy and shame many Christians face while working through an addiction to drugs and alcohol, you may be hurting more people than you realize. In reality, more than your faith is at risk when you are actively using and abusing illicit substances.
Drug use can destroy your life, but it can also destroy the lives of those who love you. The consequences of drug use on your family and your loved ones can be great indeed, threatening to take away the things that matter most to you in life.
Loss of Relationship
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” —Ephesians 5:25
This is perhaps one of the biggest consequences of drug use. When you choose to make drugs a priority, you risk losing relationships with the members of your family.
While many Christians are devoted to the tenets of family support, seeing the shocking signs of drug addiction can strain the ties within even a loving marriage or family unit. Your spouse may see you as a different person, especially as you continue to choose drugs over caring for your family. This can lead to a permanent loss of the relationship as over 7% of divorces are due to substance abuse and addiction problems – a sin in the eyes of the Lord. Despite the seriousness of ending a marriage, this is a tragic reality many substance abusers face each and every day.
Loss of Trust
“But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” —Jeremiah 7:8
Trust is a big part of a family relationship, but drug use can often break these important bonds. The process may start slowly, with forgotten commitments and skipped appointments, and accelerate to more serious issues, like harm to those around you.
No matter how much your family loves you, consistent substance abuse often leads to a complete loss of trust, both in you and in each other. When you let down the people who count on you, the pain can be deep and eternal, ruining the bonds of love in your life and the ways others see you. If drugs prevent you from following Christ’s example, you risk turning your family away from you forever.
Loss of Integrity
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” —Proverbs 10:9
The teachings of God provide a strong moral center for Christians to follow, helping believers to walk in His footsteps and live by His examples. Unfortunately, drug use means deviating from this center.
When your family sees you struggling with sinful behavior, it can be hard to reconcile actions with faith. This is especially true when drug use leads to other sins, like stealing, breaking the law, and hurting others. As you fall deeper into the cycle of addiction, your family may no longer see you as a pillar of integrity, and may even lose faith in your moral compass. This can be a devastating change in your perception with loved ones, altering the positive dynamic you have spent so many years cultivating.
Loss of Financial Support
“For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?” —Timothy 3:5
As a financial provider for your family, your role within the household is sacrosanct. When drugs begin to interfere with your ability to put food on the table, pay the rent or mortgage, and make car payments and insurance payments, you may be harming your family more than you realize.
Your responsibilities at home have a great impact on your spouse, parents, relatives, and children, and drugs can make it hard to fulfill your role. If addiction stands in the way of keeping work, earning a paycheck, and taking care of those who count on you, you have hurt your family’s ability to live in a safe, stable environment.
Loss of Faith
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” —Hebrews 11:1
Faith is among the pinnacles of Christianity, bringing you as close as possible to Christ and his works. However, when drug use takes over, losing faith isn’t uncommon. In fact, many addicts feel as though God is working against them and keeping them bound to a sinful life of substance abuse.
As you fall deeper into the web of addiction, you may begin to doubt your own faith. Unfortunately, as you fall, your family may begin to lose faith in you as well as their own faith in the Lord. Watching the pains of addiction is overwhelming and harrowing, and even those strong in their faith may find themselves doubting the Bible and its message.
The consequences of drug use are vast, from your faith to your family. If you are ready to cast your sins aside and return to the embrace of the Lord, Christian Treatment Center is here for you. As a leading resource for individuals seeking a faith-based resource through which to break free of the bonds of addiction, we are here and we are ready. With our help, you can use the power of prayer, worship, and Bible study in conjunction with proven medical science to see the changes you deserve.
Contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to walk in the footprints of the Lord once more. We are available 24/7 and all consultations are strictly confidential.