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The power of prayer in addiction recovery

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  – Matthew 11:28-30

Struggling with a substance abuse addiction takes its toll not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually as well. That’s why Christian drug and alcohol treatment centers strongly believe in treating the person as a whole; mind, body and spirit. How does prayer work in recovery? The power of prayer in recovery builds hope and provides the motivation and strength to fight the good fight against addiction.

Finding or restoring a relationship with God during rehab provides a powerful Helper while on the journey to life-long recovery. Strengthening a relationship with God through group and personal Bible studies, and fellowship with others through prayer groups, provides an unexplainable sense of peace and boundless hope. In its essence, faith in recovery needs to be accompanied by actions.

Prayer Heals

“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.”  -Matthew 20:32-34

The healing power of prayer is a proven fact that scientific and medical research equally support.  There are documented studies that prayer has healed many serious diseases much to the puzzlement of medical practitioners. The power of prayer is a mighty God-given gift that can heal addiction too.

No one is without weakness; no one. How we react to that weakness, however, makes all the difference in the world.  Turning to drugs or alcohol is the easy way out and not the reaction God desires. God offers unlimited strength to those who turn to Him in prayer; releasing control and allowing Him to take charge of that weakness – that addiction – will extinguish its power and hold on an addict’s life.

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There are many more benefits gained through genuine faith and prayer:

  • You will never be alone in the battle
  • Relief from fear and anxiety
  • Balance of mind, body and spirit
  • Experiencing pure joy which increases the effectiveness of treatment during rehab
  • Inspiration to do the work necessary to achieve a new life free of addiction
  • Greater mental focus
  • Diminished stress levels
  • Strength against addiction triggers
  • Reduced rate of relapse
  • An increase of dopamine levels in the brain generating the serenity once manufactured by drug use
  • Absence of depression
  • A 24/7 Helper to guide you to making the right choices while accepting what cannot be changed

How to Pray

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  – Psalm 121:1-2

Think of prayer as a conversation between you and God. Talk to Him as if you were talking with a friend. Prayer does not have to be a script; filled with ‘thee’ and ‘thou.’ God wants to hear from you – personally.

A good guideline is to:

  1. Start with some praise, tell Him how you care for Him and trust in Him alone
  2. Thank Him for the blessings in your life; big and small
  3. Ask Him for healing from your addiction and share the desires of your heart with Him
  4. Ask for forgiveness
  5. Ask for strength and protection against the evil powers of addiction

The 12-Step Recovery and Prayer

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference” – Reinhold Niebuhr

A.A. and N.A. believe deeply in utilizing the power of prayer for recovery and healing. A countless number of addicts have achieved successful long-term recovery with the strength gained through praying to God.

Each of the twelve steps is complemented by a prayer which can be incorporated into personal prayer time. Reciting the Prayer of Serenity during A.A. meetings is customary and a good prayer to find strength on a daily basis during life-long recovery (what the Serenity Prayer means).

Believe in the Power of Prayer for Recovery

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” –John 10:10

Drugs and alcohol are not your friends. They are the enemy – the thief – that is intent on destroying lives and families. God promises unconditional love, protection from your enemies, a Helper to guide you and strength to carry you through. All you have to do is believe.

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12 Responses to “The power of prayer in addiction recovery
Carl
7:36 pm July 27th, 2014

Thanks, good thoughts and effort!

Eric
6:08 am July 10th, 2015

I am of the opinion that one cannot be completely healed of drug addiction without prayer. Prayer is a powerful tool in every area of our lives. When we pray, we are simply giving God permission to intervene in our problems.

Hazel
2:36 pm September 20th, 2015

I kept opening my door for the devil, and when I asked God to make that devil stop knocking and give me strength to fight all the vices he bestowed upon me. GOD answered my prayers. I had lost my faith for a long time because I was so high all the time that I never took the time anymore. Today I’m 50 days clean and not looking back… I never want that devil to come back so I pray for God to keep him away. It’s all about finding your faith and keeping your faith.

Katrina
7:59 am April 16th, 2016

I’ve been struggling for a long time please pray for me and my family the shields family I never quit quitting I know I’m healed in the name of Jesus

Katrina
8:01 am April 16th, 2016

I can do all things thru god who strengths me I am delivered in the name of Jesus

Ginny
4:35 am July 11th, 2016

IF ONLY MORE PEOPLE COULD UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF ADDICTION….

TINA
7:53 pm April 8th, 2017

Need prayer for my son Freddie Almanza who is addicted to drugs and alcohol he is currently back in jail. This a been going on for yrs. Freddie’s Mom

Robee
9:19 pm April 8th, 2017

i need help and i want to get out in this darkness life. I thought i would not get addicted to this drugs but i admit now that i am one of those people whos struggling and suffering for this addiction. please pray for me and please help me . LORD JESUS I NEED YOU IN MY LIFE

mellinese
8:35 am May 3rd, 2017

I feel blessed to have come across Addiction Blog. U give me hope and encouragement to be free if my addiction. U are a blessing

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:13 pm May 3rd, 2017

Hi Mellinese. Thank you for the lovely words! We are glad that we’ve helped… Stay strong!

Stacey
8:03 am May 6th, 2017

Im married and my husband does coke. Everynow and then i think then again im unsure. Bills etc are upkept its just its a heavy situation i had parents and current who are heavy drugs and i damn married one it goes against my values im hurt embrassed and disgusted what do i do im so weary
As a wife dating an abuser what do i do. His cousin do it and they are his partners i hate when he hangs with them because it causes him to slip up he grown he had to be stronger and get around others i cant think for him

jayne
6:08 pm May 13th, 2017

I am recovering from taking sleeping pills for two years. Never was told about the dangers. Finding I cannot recover w/o God. Thank you for this information.

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About Liliann Reid

Liliann Reid is a recovering addict focused on helping others understand the world of drug addiction and eating disorders through her firsthand experience. She is blessed to have found sobriety through a Christian based drug rehab program.

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