Recovery Meditation # 17

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 ESV

Addictive thinking can persist even after sobriety is achieved. Alcoholics Anonymous uses the term “dry drunk” to describe people who no longer drink but continue to think and behave in dysfunctional ways. This occurs because just stopping the drug use does not correct the changes to the brain (learned behaviors, memories, saliencies, drives) that the drug use has caused. This altered thought process can be one of the lions seeking to devour the addict. It can tell the addict that because they crave drugs or alcohol they can never be well and they might as well give in and use drugs or alcohol. These thoughts can tell the addict that one little slip means they can never beat their drug addiction so they may as well go ahead and return to their old ways. But this is incorrect thinking. It is addictive thinking.

Pray: Dear Jesus, help me put off my old self, my drug using self, help me put on a new sober self. Help me live sober and think sober. Help me be sober-minded and ever watchful for the devil who prowls in my mind seeking to devour my new life. Help me strive daily for righteousness and holiness. Amen !

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One thought on “Recovery Meditation # 17

  1. The road to redemption may not be easy, the fight against an addiction may prove to be a long hurdle, but with a strong faith and your own determination, nothing is impossible. God is with those who persevere. Keep up the fight!!!

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