6 and to knowledge, self-control; 2 Peter 1:5c
Self-control (or lack thereof) makes or breaks people. Addictions continue on year after year because a person cannot say no. It can be food, alcohol, drugs, painkillers, television, pornography, tobacco, or 2000 other bad habits. Self-controls begins with the little things. If you never drink alcohol, you will never become addicted. And so it goes with any addiction. Often the addiction is formed to fill a void in the person’s life.
Breaking the addiction is merely a matter of stopping. Obviously, that’s much easier to write than to actually execute. That is the solution in a nutshell, but getting there and not reverting back to old ways is where the difficulty lies. If you haven’t understood the reason for the addiction in the first place (what void were you filling with the addiction), then it’s very easy to slip back.
Often, though, it takes an accountability partner or two to ask the tough questions. That’s the reason for organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
Are you battling an addiction? Have you given it over to God a hundred times but revert back a few days later? Consider that Christian accountability partner. Being vulnerable about your weaknesses is never a bad thing. Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results can and will be disastrous. Whatever it is you’re battling, know that you’re not alone and others will stand beside you if you let them.