14 Feb Truth Hurts
This is to the addict who reaches out for help, the one who keeps asking for help:
Addicts have a particular mindset that makes them want to get help and go through recovery on their own terms. Look at this comparison: just like how the addict thinks they know best while in their addiction and how they want to control how they live their life, the addict also thinks they know best when it comes to their recovery. The addict thinks their choices and ideas on how their recovery should work is the way to go and I’m sorry to say, but that isn’t the case at all.
Most addicts want to reach out and ask for help, they want to start the recovery process however, they don’t want to deal with the pain, emotions and the TRUTH that comes with the recovery process…here is where lies the problem. Addicts do NOT like to hear the truth about themselves, about how they are living their life, how they are affecting not only them but other loved ones around them, and how they are walking in darkness and bondage.
When I first came into Teen Challenge, the last thing I wanted to hear was the hardcore truth about myself. Yes, my family was trying to tell me about myself over and over again before the program, but I was able to ignore it and go run from it…but in my recovery program I wasn’t able to run and hide from the truth and it hurt so bad. There is no loop hole or short cut around needing to hear the truth about yourself and your addiction because once you start to understand and realize the reality and seriousness of the truth, you begin to want the help even more.
If an addict reaches out and asks for help, it’s showing the people wanting to help them that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get through recovery, to get through the pain, hurt, and challenges that come with the recovery. Addicts need to hear, accept and understand the truth about what is really going on inside themselves in order to receive the proper healing and freedom from God that He wants to give you. Addicts need to be real, honest and truthful with themselves or else the recovery isn’t going to work and God won’t be able to help you the way He intends to. God loves the addict so much and He wants to give them the freedom and healing that they deserve because they are His children.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
After the addict accepts the truth about themselves, God will start tattooing His Truth and His Promises on their heart…once the addict begins to believe and accept what God says about them, they will start to feel freedom and live in freedom.