For recovery and forgiveness to occur, addicts must first understand that regardless of the mistakes they have made, God’s love and grace covers all. Shame and guilt must be left behind before healing can begin.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”
The need to become a new creation is especially apparent in the life of the addict. Addiction is a destructive disease, and addicts often feel isolated, lost and hopeless. They may feel that the things that they have done are too terrible to be forgiven by God. There may be resistance to coming to God with the humility required to ask for His forgiveness. Addicts know that they need to make a drastic change, but they need support and guidance to know where to start.
Accepting God’s forgiveness is the key to making a complete turn-around in the life of an addict. It is the first step in the direction of creating a connection with God that leads to a life of freedom. Once God’s forgiveness is secured, the addict is free to forgive themselves.