Shedding off Your Old Identity

Have you ever heard the phrase “Once an addict, always an addict”?

If you’ve been around any recovery program, you probably have.

Whereas the intentions of this statement are well aimed, they are still misguided. We’re not trying to criticize those who say this. Nor are we seeking to condemn those who believe it. But we do want to challenge the thought and seek what God has to say about it.

But first, why? Why would we even want to challenge what has largely been accepted as factual in regard to addicts and recovery?

The reason is because of the implications of the statement. If “Once an addict, always an addict is true,” then hope of transformation is lost.

If we will always be addicts, then why even try to change?

The answer is because change is in fact possible, and “Once an addict, always an addict,” isn’t actually true.

In fact, the Word of God tells us the exact opposite – that once an addict, you don’t have to...

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