Love – the Great Healer of Addiction
Have you ever asked yourself what is the most powerful force in the universe?
Is it gravity? The laws of motion? Earthquakes?
What would be the most powerful thing in the world? The one thing that would be strong enough to change everything. The biggest, strongest power in all of creation.
If you’ve ever thought deeply about this, you’ve probably considered many options.
But have you ever considered love as one of them?
It is for love that parents run through burning buildings to get their children out of smoky rooms.
It is for love that two people leave their separate lives behind and become one life together in marriage.
It is for love that God created us. And again for love that Christ died for us.
Love is, according to the Bible, as strong as death (see Song of Songs 8:6).
And that is why, love is the great healer of addiction. It digs deeper than psychology, supports stronger than friendship, and heals more thoroughly than medicine.
When your loved one is battling through an addiction, love is the greatest healer available.
And there are 3 aspects about God’s love that help us and the addicts we love work though the healing process.
Let’s look at those 3 aspects together.
It Covers Everything
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.” – Proverbs 10:12 (NKJV)
To start, we must make sure we understand what is meant by “cover.” Cover, in this context, does not mean “cover up.” As in, excuse, or pretend it never happened. It means to “cover the cost for or penalty of.” As in, someone wrecks your cars and “coves” it by writing you a check.
When dealing with an addict, deficits are made.
Promises go unfulfilled. “I won’t use anymore,” turns into “I did it again.”
Since “a hope deferred makes the heart sick,” (Proverbs 13:12, NLT), these broken commitments hurt.
How do we recuperate these hurts? How do we, in other words, cover these losses?
We do it through love. By accepting Christ’s great love for us, we find healing for ourselves while walking out the recovery process with the addict we love.
And we also get the strength to love the addict with the love of Christ for him or her to get the hope they need to recover.
Sees Us in Our Mess
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes” – Hebrews 4:13
The reason it is so important to understand this point is because it shows just how powerful our next point is.
God sees every relapse. Every lie. Every dollar snuck from the house and used to get drugs and alcohol.
He also sees you, not just the addict. He sees you try to love while at the same time being frustrated and wanting to give up. He sees your tears, your struggle. He knows you’re weak and can’t get through this alone.
Yet still, there is something amazing about His love…
It’s Still Crazy about Us
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8
Sometimes, we feel like we need to get our lives together before Christ will accept us. We think we need to have things together in order to get His help.
And the addict you love feels the same way.
They think God won’t help them quit using until they quit using.
They assume for God to help them quit drinking they have to first quit drinking.
Both us and the addicts we love seek to earn God’s love by being better.
But Christ didn’t die for us when we were good. He died for us when we were still sinners. His love sees our weakness, and it makes Him want to help us all the more.
And it is that great Love that heals all addictions.