People often turn to substances to fill a void in their life that can only be filled by God. Eric tells the story of how Jesus saved him in the midst of his addiction.
The start of addiction
Eric grew up as a minority in his community. The area that he was living in created a gateway for him to start smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in his early teen years. Eventually he got caught and was put into an intensive outpatient treatment. He participated in the 12 steps of recovery and was there for 18 months.
Eric stayed clean for quite a while but then slipped back into his old ways. He didn’t seek God and was living for himself. He got to a point where he would do anything he could to get his next fix. He hurt a lot of people in his life, including his family and friends.
He got caught again when he ran out of gas on the freeway and a cop pulled him over and searched him, eventually taking him to jail for possession of drugs. As Eric was in jail he realized that he was at an extremely low point in his life. He got to have a bible inside jail and he started reading it and reading books that helped him study it.
While in jail, Eric started realizing that God was saying that he loved him. He suddenly understood that God wanted him to start clean and have a new life filled with purpose. He wanted God to use him. Eric knew that this was his first time ever truly surrendering his life to God.
Finding help and true fulfillment
He got back into a 12 step program, but this time he was involved with a church. He found men that started to mentor and disciple him.
Eric believes in the power of focusing on others in order to heal selfish habits. He has stopped looking at himself and become a servant to others. He is inspired by the way that Jesus modeled servanthood during his time on earth.
Eric challenges anyone who is stuck in addiction to find someone that you trust, a mentor, or someone at a local church and go through the series called “Steps to Recovery”. Through that you can have open and meaningful conversations and start on your road to freedom.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What kind of an environment did you grow up in? How did the people around you influence your decisions?
- Which details in Eric’s story can you most relate to?
- Has anyone ever called you out on your addiction? How did you respond?
- Do you believe that God’s word has to power to transform your life?
- When was the last time you felt truly purposeful? In what ways do you think God could use you to serve and influence others?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.