Healing Addiction through Prayer, by Debra Chew

The use of opioids in the United States and the resulting possibility of death by overdose is staggering.  In this article, Debra Chew, a colleague and a published writer who focuses on the connection between thought, spirituality and wellness, explores this alarming problem.  She shares her spiritual perspective on a remedy which has been proven to be effective in curing addiction of every kind- turning to God. Debra follows a case of an addict who has found complete freedom through spiritual understanding and prayer alone. Take a moment and read this amazing story of discovery and hope.

healing addiction (1)No matter where I reside, I am always happy to get news from “back home.” However, the recent news was not good. An online site listed my hometown area as number one No. 1 on its list of top 10 cities for opioid overdoses. And, it listed my current city as No. 8.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 44 percent of Americans know someone who is addicted to opioid painkillers. To bring more awareness to what is being called a “nationwide opioid epidemic,” CBS News started a series called, “In The Shadow of Death: Jason’s Journey.” It’s about a 30-year-old Boston man who started experimenting with the expensive painkiller OxyContin when he was in college, and soon after became addicted to heroin. The series is following him through rehab as he tries to find freedom from addiction.

Jason’s story of many attempts at recovery is all too familiar. Sadly, most people suffering from addiction only find treatments that act as coping mechanisms, helping them temporarily to avoid relapse but never really curing the addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 40 percent to 60 percent of addicts relapse from their treatment plans and recovery back into former habits of addiction.

When I hear statistics like that, I have to wonder what the statistics would be if every addict sought freedom through spiritual means. Interestingly, some people have found that, through prayer, addiction can be cured, not just coped with, and they are sharing their inspirational stories.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org