Our teenage years are some of the most important in terms of our mental, spiritual and physical development. Unfortunately, some young people let drug and alcohol abuse into their lives and that is a serious detriment to achieving their goals in life. Science has documented the mental and physical effects of drug abuse, but the spiritual impact is equally damaging. Those who let drugs and alcohol into their lives are pushing the important things out; things like their faith.
Everyone’s feelings about faith and God are unique to them. When we are younger, it’s normal to question our faith and what we believe as we learn and grow in the world around us. Faith is an important part of the addiction recovery process as many teachings are focused on loving yourself as you love God. That means not doing anything which can cause harm to the body or mind.
You may hear people say that since Jesus turned water into wine, it’s acceptable to use alcohol. Wine plays a large role in many Christian history and celebrations, but there are clear warnings of its dangers found throughout the Old and New Testaments. For example:
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.
—1 Corinthians 6:19
These two passages highlight how God feels about addiction and abuse. The first, Ephesians 5:18, warns that those who abuse alcohol are filling themselves with something foul rather than letting the Holy Spirit fill you up. Debauchery comes in many forms, but ignoring your faith in favor of alcohol abuse is a form of debauchery in and of itself.
Since the Holy Spirit is within all of us, when we abuse our bodies, we abuse the Spirit. Alcohol abuse carries many short and long-term consequences for someone’s health and wellness. When you are suffering physically and mentally from abuse, you aren’t devoting your life to living hand in hand with God and His love. As the passage in Corinthians mentions, our bodies are a temple. God lives inside us just as he does a church or any other house of worship. You wouldn’t vandalize a church, so why are you harming your body with substance abuse?
The Treatment Center has helped countless individuals rediscover their faith and end addiction once and for all. A focus on safe and effective recovery programs makes The Treatment Center a wonderful resource for people from all walks of life on their journey to sobriety. Call today and find out God’s plan for your life!