Addiction

The Bible warns of this plague of addiction and the struggle of addiction recovery.
In Revelation 18:23 it says nations will be deceived by sorceries or witchcraft. The Greek word here is pharmakiea, meaning drugs, love potions, poison, etc. This is the Greek word for our English word pharmacy. There is definitely a connection between witchcraft, drug addiction and addiction recovery failure. Satan uses this as a means to tear down a nation so he may have a point of control.

The Church and Addiction Recovery:
Ten years ago, few of us would have considered chemical dependency, sexual addiction, or eating disorders suitable topics for polite conversation within the church community. These were among the “silent issues” in the church. Today, however, addiction, compulsive behavior and abuse are widely recognized as problems of enormous personal and social significance. Further, it is estimated that every addict directly affects at least ten other people.

Emerging Awareness:
Some of these people who suffer from addiction, compulsive behavior, or abuse find it difficult to be part of a church community. They may find that within their church, self-defeating behavior is denied, ignored, or minimized by those who use religion to shield themselves from life’s realities.

Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States.Many drug addicts, such as herion, Meth or cocaine addicts and particularly injection drug users, are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS as well as other infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections.

Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as DWI driving, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.


Addiction Its Definition:

Addiction implies that a drug dependency has developed to such an extent that it has serious detrimental effects on the user (referred to as an addict). They may be chronically intoxicated, have great difficulty stopping the drug use, and be determined to obtain the drug by almost any means. The term addiction is uniquely linked to society’s reaction to the user, and so medical experts try to avoid using it, preferring dependence instead.

Statistics National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 35.3 million Americans aged 12 and older had tried cocaine at least once in their lifetimes, representing 14.3% of the population aged 12 and older. At least six million Americans are addicted to cocaine.
Crack cocaine represented 72% of all primary cocaine admissions to treatment in 2005. From 1995 to 2005, the number of admissions to treatment in which crack was the primary drug of abuse decreased from 207,608 in 1995 to 185,236 in 2005. The crack admissions represented 12.4% of the total drug/alcohol admissions to treatment during 1995 and 10.0% of the treatment admissions in 2005. The average age of those admitted to treatment for crack cocaine during 2005 was 38 years.18

More than 12 million Americans have tried methamphetamine 
1.5 million Americans are regular users 6.2% of high school seniors nationally report using meth More than 12.3% of Americans age 12 and older have tried meth at least once Meth use crosses all economic, social, racial and geographic lines

According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 3.8 million Americans aged 12 or older reported trying heroin at least once during their lifetimes, representing 1.5% of the population aged 12 or older.

According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 12.3 million Americans aged 12 or older tried Ecstasy at least once in their lifetimes, representing 5% of the U.S. population in that age group.


Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug
. According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 97.8 million Americans aged 12 or older tried marijuana at least once in their lifetimes, representing 39.8% of the U.S. population in that age group.

According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 22.9 million Americans aged 12 or older reported using inhalants/Glue at least once during their lifetimes, representing 9.3% of the population aged 12 or older.

According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 40.9% of women ages 12 or older reported using an illicit drug at some point in their lives. Approximately 11.8% of females ages 12 and older reported past year use of an illicit drug and 6.2% reported past month use of an illicit drug.4

Between five million and ten million are addicted to prescription drugs.

Ten million Americans are addicted to alcohol.

More than 50 million Americans are addicted to nicotine. 

Minorities And Drugs:

According to the 2005 American Community Survey, the estimated the population of the United States was 288,378,137. The population breakdown was 74.7% white, 12.1% black/African American, 0.8% American Indian/Alaska Native, 4.3% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, 6.0% some other race, 1.9% two or more races. An estimated 14.5% of the population was of Hispanic/Latino origin of any race.1

The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that the highest rate of current (past month) illicit drug use was among American Indian/Alaska Natives (13.7%), followed by blacks/African Americans (9.8%), persons reporting two or more races (8.9%), whites (8.5%), Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islanders (7.5%), and Hispanics (6.9%). The lowest rate of current illicit drug use was among Asians (3.6%).2

Statistics regarding teenage drug and alcohol abuse:

40 percent of those who started drinking at age 13 or younger developed alcohol dependence later in life. Ten percent of teens who began drinking after the age of 17 developed dependence.

Ten percent of teens report that they have attended a rave, and ecstasy and other drugs were available at more than two-thirds of these raves.

Teens that drink are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than teens who never consume alcohol.

63 percent of the youth who drink alcohol say that they initially got the alcohol from their own or their friend’s homes.

Alcohol kills 6 ½ times more teenagers than all other illicit drugs combined.

Teenagers whose parents talk to them on a regular basis about the dangers of drug use are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t.

More than 60 percent of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school.

20 percent of 8th graders report that they have tried marijuana.

28 percent of teens know a classmate or friend who has used ecstasy (Teen Substance Abuse).

How common is sexual abuse? 

25% of all adults have been sexually abused:
Statistics suggest that as many as 1 in 4 children becomes a victim of sexual abuse by the time they reach 18 yrs of age:
Up to 90% of sexual abuse of children is committed by someone the child knows:
Approximately 10% of all victims reporting sexual abuse are boys, but probably more are abused:
A study of imprisoned sexual abusers of children revealed that, on the average, they each had molested over 230 victims. Among other things, this indicates how very easy it is for adults to molest children.

Statistics on Pornography, Sexual Addiction and Online Perpetrators:

Pornography Addiction and Industry Statistics:

As of 2003, there were 1.3 million pornographic websites; 260 million pages (N2H2, 2003).

The total porn industry revenue for 2006: $13.3 billion in the United States; $97 billion worldwide (Internet Filter Review).

U.S. adult DVD/video rentals in 2005: almost 1 billion (Adult Video News).
Hotel viewer ship for adult films: 55% (cbsnews.com).

Unique worldwide users visiting adult web sites monthly: 72 million (Internet Filter Review).

Number of hardcore pornography titles released in 2005 (U.S.): 13,588 (Internet Filter Review).

Adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction: 10%; 28% of those are women (internet-filter-review.com).

More than 70% of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month (comScore Media Metrix).

More than 20,000 images of child pornography posted online every week (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 10/8/03).

Approximately 20% of all Internet pornography involves children (National Center for Mission & Exploited Children).

100,000 websites offer illegal child pornography (U.S. Customs Service estimate).

As of December 2005, child pornography was a $3 billion annual industry (internet-filter-review.com).

Christians, Pastors and Church Pornography Statistics:

A 1996 Promise Keepers survey at one of their stadium events revealed that over 50% of the men in attendance were involved with pornography within one week of attending the event.

51% of pastors say cyber-porn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, 12/2001).

Over half of evangelical pastors admits viewing pornography last year.

Roger Charman of Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Ministries reports that approximately 20 percent of the calls received on their Pastoral Care Line are for help with issues such as pornography and compulsive sexual behavior.

In a 2000 Christianity Today survey, 33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53% had visited such sites “a few times” in the past year, and 18% visit sexually explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week.

29% of born again adults in the U.S. feel it is morally acceptable to view movies with explicit sexual behavior (The Barna Group).

57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation (Christians and Sex Leadership Journal Survey, March 2005).

Statistics on Women with Pornography Addiction:

28% those admitting to sexual addiction are women (internet-filter-review.com).

34% of female readers of Today’s Christian Woman’s online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing Internet porn in a recent poll and 1 out of every 6 women, including Christians, struggles with an addiction to pornography (Today’s Christian Woman, Fall 2003).

Statistics on Pornography’s Effect on Families and Marriages:

47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home (Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003).

The Internet was a significant factor in 2 out of 3 divorces (American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2003 – divorcewizards.com).

“At a 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a significant role in the divorces in the past year, with excessive interest in online porn contributing to more than half such cases. Pornography had an almost non-existent role in divorce just seven or eight years ago.” (Divorcewizards.com)

Statistics on Child Pornography Use:

9 out of 10 children aged between the ages of 8 and 16 have viewed pornography on the Internet, in most cases unintentionally (London School of Economics January 2002).

Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11 years old (internet-filter-review.com).

Largest consumer of Internet pornography: 12 – 17 year-old age group (internet-filter-review.com).

Adult industry says traffic is 20-30% children (NRC Report 2002, 3.3).

Youth with significant exposure to sexuality in the media were shown to be 2.2 times more likely to have had intercourse at ages 14 to 16 (Report in Pediatrics, April, 2006).

“Never before in the history of telecommunications media in the United States has so much indecent (and obscene) material been so easily accessible by so many minors in so many American homes with so few restrictions.” – U.S. Department of Justice, Post Hearing Memorandum of Points and Authorities, at l, ACLU v. Reno, 929 F. Supp. 824 (1996).

Statistics on Online Perpetrators:

1 in 7 children who use the internet have been sexually solicited – 2005. (Internet Filter Review)

1 in 4 kids participate in Real Time Chat. (FamilyPC Survey, 2000).

1 in 5 children (10 to 17 years old) receives unwanted sexual solicitations online (Youth Internet Safety Survey, U.S. Department of Justice, 2001).

2 in 5 abductions of children ages 15-17 are due to Internet contact (San Diego Police Dept.).

76% of victims in Net-initiated sexual exploitation cases were 13-15, 75% were girls. “Most cases progressed to sexual encounters” – 93% of the face-to-face meetings involved illegal sex (Journal of Adolescent Health, November 2004).

3 Traits All Addictions Have In Common:

1. Lacks Self Control
2. Selfishness
3. Pride – Independence-Can do it on my own.

Last Day Warnings:

2 Timothy 3:1-5
  (Amplified Version) 1BUT UNDERSTAND this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. 2For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane. 3[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. 4[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. One Translation says addicted to the world and allergic to God. 5For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].

Hosea 4:6 Says: My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.

We need knowledge about addiction but more importantly we need Christ who can change us from the inside out. Lasting change truly comes through letting Christ meet our legitimate needs.

Satan’s operation is trying to get us to meet legitimate needs in an illegitimate manner.

1 Corinthians 13:10 For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not [b]adjusted and [c]adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to [d]a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.

What Are Our Legitimate Needs?

Love
Acceptance
Worth
Security

God put these needs in us so we would need Him. If we didn’t need love we wouldn’t need God for God is love.

Money, Drugs, Sex, positions, Success, Accomplishments, even ministry (working for the Lord) are not designed by God to impart worth but only knowing our true identity in Christ will impart to you worth.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus is still the same, yesterday and forever. Jesus is still delivering and healing people of all sorts of stuff. If you find yourself struggling with addiction, Jesus wants to set you free.

Romans 10:13 Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, healed and delivered. I spent many years in addiction. If the Lord can deliver me He can deliver you.

If you would like to read about my story of deliverance from years of addiction, My Story “Born To Raze Hell”.

The Lord Bless You, Jeff DeBlase




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