My enemy has hunted me down and completely defeated me. He has put me in a dark prison, and I am like those who died long ago.Psalm 143:3
Addiction is a prison. It locks us up tight in a windowless cell with an iron door that has only a small peep hole to the outside.
Addiction is like solitary confinement and the walls of that prison slowly constrict and prevent any kind of free movement.
Addiction is my enemy, and, unless I get help it will kill me.
That is the reality of addiction.
But, that doesn’t have to be my only reality.
The Psalmist goes on to say some very hopeful things for those who are feeling imprisoned:
“Remind me each morning of your constant love, for I put my trust in you…I go to you for protection, Lord…teach me to do your will… Rescue me, Lord, as you have promised; in your goodness save me from my troubles.”Ps. 143: 8, 9 11
Addiction is a prison only if we allow it to be.
Addiction is a prison only when we don’t reach out for the key to unlock the prison’s door.
Addiction is a prison until I reach out to a Power greater than me; and that Power will free me and give me new life.
All I have to do is admit my own powerlessness and .recognize that my life has become a prison.
When I become willing to admit that the door to the prison swings open.
Prayer: Help me Lord to reach out to you so that I can become truly free. Amen