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This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel. This is part 2 of 3 in the Don’t Die in Your Addiction series. See the FLEXTALK version of this topic.

Overcoming addictions can be a long and difficult journey, fraught with emotional lows and even physical problems. While the path leading up to an addiction can be hard to see, the road to overcoming one can be equally hard to discover. The first step is typically the hardest in most journeys and addiction recovery is no exception. If you want to beat an addiction the first thing you have to do is become transparent with yourself.

[Related: Surrender or Die in Your Addiction]

First Key to Overcoming Addiction

Self reflection is a humbling and often painful process. As a person reflects on who they truly are the not-so nice parts of their personality are brought into focus. With addiction recovery, this is the first key. When trying to break an addiction, one needs to be real with who they really are. Look in the mirror and see yourself clothed in all your bad habits and flaws if necessary. This process allows a more realistic perspective that enables someone to clearly identify problems.

After Self-Reflection

Once someone is able to see the destructive behavior they have allowed into their life, they can address the problem. You can no longer tell yourself “it’s normal” or use the “everyone does it” excuse. The next step in this journey is getting real about the addiction with others.

First up and most importantly is God. Confession and repentance with God will begin to clear out that space in your heart for healing. After having a frank discussion with the Lord, it’s a good idea to find someone else you can trust to be real with. This could be a close friend or mentor, as long as this person is a trustworthy advocate.

The truth about addiction is hard for many people who have never gone through it to understand. This is why so many people suffering addictions keep them a secret…but secrets keep people sick. Keeping deep dark addictions to yourself will only isolate you from people who can help. The way to be free is to be willing to speak the truth about your condition – both to God and to others.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. What does it mean to be honest with yourself? When have you had to be honest with yourself?
  4. What does it mean to confess your sin to God? What does it look like practically?
  5. Who are some people in your life you could trust to be counselors and mentors to you in your struggles? Why are these people trustworthy in your mind?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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