Addictions, they start out by bringing you comfort, by providing you a safe haven, and by bringing you fulfillment. They are ten times worse than just a habit. What it doesn’t tell you, is that it only lasts for a season before you come back to reality and plummet faster and closer toward rock bottom than you ever were before.
I personally have seen a of strong addiction within someone I know. She was addicted to having the “perfect” body image, to being skinny. She always had a passionate relationship with Christ, but somewhere along the lines it took the back seat. For her entire high school career she fought it.
She was down to eighty-eight pounds, feeling like she didn’t have any relationships. The disorder attempted to destroy everything in her path. She didn’t want to sleep, because of the fear of dying in the middle of her sleep. Some mornings she would wake up so ill, she looked at me with tears streaming down her face, to her it felt like she was dying.
This person I know that once wondered if she was going to make it one more day, she survived by the love of Jesus Christ. She was set free and she couldn’t walk the same any longer. She knew that recovery had to come first so that everything she loved in her life wouldn’t have to come last. It’s been three years and now she wakes up knowing she is beautiful. She is healthy, whole, strong, restored.
This person was me.
On the Inside
Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside. Every addiction, no matter what it is, is the result of trying to meet a need that isn’t currently being met. In order to move past our addiction, we have to figure out what we are trying to use our addiction to get away from and what we are trying to use our addiction to meet. Before we break out of prison, we must realize we are locked up. After realizing this, then use this time, this trail as an encouraging story. Because God can set you free from any anything, as long as you let him.
“No temptation has overtaken you expect what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13-14
We no longer have a secret; We have a story.
Cheyenne Compton – Second Year
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