Recovery Meditation #14

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. Proverbs 1:5 ESV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 ESV

The Bible clearly considers learning to be of importance. Part of addiction treatment is unlearning old dysfunctional patterns of thinking and learning new healthy ways of thinking. Drug use is intimately related to the learning process. We learn not to stick our finger into the fire because it hurts. We learn to come home at lunch time because we are rewarded with food. The addicted brain has learned that taking a drug can make it feel good. So just like we kept going home for lunch, the addicted brain keeps going to the dealer for drugs. If the addict runs out of drugs they get sick. They learn to avoid the sickness by doing whatever it takes to get drugs. So, learning occurs on both ends of addiction. First you learn to take drugs because they make you feel good, later you learn to take drugs to not be sick. These lessons are engraved into the brain and the mind. Drugs and alcohol produce physical changes in the brain and that alter our mental processes. One way to combat these changes is to unlearn addictive behavior. Recovery is partly unlearning these lessons. It is a good time while unlearning the addict way of life to start learning how to lead a life in piety, a life in a right relation with God.

Pray: Jesus help me to learn more about you and to walk in your ways. Step by step help me learn your Word of life and unlearn the worlds words of death. Lord help me to unlearn the patterns of addiction. Help me to replace them with healthy habits, help me live in a right relation with God, the Father. Amen.

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