“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
A life of addiction often leads people to a live a life of isolation. Even if they are surrounded by people they often feel isolated. They have led a lie for so long trying to cover up the sins and shortcomings in their life they refuse to let anyone into their inner circle thus isolating themselves from the rest of the world. They will often feel a sense of paranoia that everyone else is out to get them or feel they can’t let anyone get to close to them because they may see them for who they truly are so they choose to keep everyone at an arm’s length.
Feeling as though the whole world is against you can lead to extreme loneliness and hopelessness. Know this, God loves you and has promised time and again that He will be there for you. He is for you; all you have to do is call on Him. If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are never alone. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. He is and always will be there for you.
Being alone is a choice. Know this as well, not only is God there for you, He has people out there for you as well. He has Christ centered biblically based support groups filled with Christians who love Jesus. Because they love Jesus, they will love you. Find one and get plugged into it. They will be excited to have you.
There are also churches out there for you that would love to have you. I know there are some unloving churches out there as well. Churches that will glare at you and wonder what you are doing there. If a church is unwilling to minister to you and love you, don’t walk, run to another church. They are only playing church. I promise you there are many churches out there that will love you and walk with you. They too will be happy you came. In another post I will elaborate more on the importance of an accountability partner but for right now I will simply tell you that you need to surround yourself with Christians that are interested in investing their lives into you. Stay away from people who want to bring you down and surround yourself with people who will lift you up in the name of Jesus.
God has these groups, churches, and people out there for you. Pray and ask God to guide you to them. Ask Christians advice about a good solid church and support groups. Ask a local pastor if he is aware of a local Christian support group. That pastor might also suggest other Christians who can walk with you through your journey. You may have to do a little legwork, but they are out there, and the Lord will lead you to them.
One more thing. Don’t try to wait until you get yourself together before you start seeking help. God doesn’t expect you to do it alone and your failure rate will be much higher if you try to do it alone. God has provided these tools for you. Use them!
BTW tomorrow is Sunday, so, why not start going to church right away?