The disease of addiction is rooted in deception. Satan is able to use this disease as an avenue to do what he does best, promote his lies and deception. “Satan is the father of lies” John 8:44. Addiction continually lies to those who are enslaved to it. Insane as it may seem, addiction convinces the addict that using is the best option. It tells them that life will somehow be more fulfilling, more enjoyable, more tolerable, more…, if they just use. This continual battle doesn’t merely stop when someone ceases abusing substances. In fact, sometimes the emotional deceptions become temporarily more apparent.
The Road to Freedom staff works with the patients on identifying the truth in any given situation. However, self-reflection can only take a person so far. Most often this is best achieved by inviting others to speak the Truth in love to us.We need others to speak into our lives and reveal to us how we are being misled. Ephesians 4:15 “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Notice how well balanced this principle is. If we speak all love, the person continues to be deceived. With unbridled love each individual is never confronted with the much needed truth. If we only speak truth and forget the love we leave people bruised and feeling abandoned. That is why God says it must be spoken in love. This involves a genuine concern for the other person(s).
Learning to speak the truth in love is a life long process. Learning to receive truth in love is equally challenging. The rewards of putting this principle in place can be life changing.
Your Brother in Christ,
Pastor Philip Dvorak MS., LMHC