Rev. Eddie Cabrera
Eddie Cabrera serves as the pastor of Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Muscatine Living

Here’s something to ponder. “Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an addiction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch,” said James Baldwin.

You may be dealing with an addiction right now and you are at a crossroads. What is the next step? The next step may feel like you will stumble into an unending pit. You struggle. You long for control of your life: “I’m addicted and I know it. I know what that deep craving is like that just pulls at you from the inside,” shared Sarah, 46.

It started as a fun way to get your mind off stress, to forget about your problems, or to make yourself feel good when you wanted to. Yet it somehow drifted out of control.

“Just one more–just one more time.” Does that easily slip out now that it has become easier to give in?

Then it becomes, “No one has to see–no one has to know.” Your rationale seems to make sense.

You think you’ve made a discovery, but it’s what people centuries ago thought too. One writer of the Bible described your struggle as, “gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts,” (Ephesians 2:3).

The cravings can get intense. They whisper to you in the dark. They snarl at you when you don’t satisfy them. Do you really have things under control?

Any of this sound familiar? If it does, I would like to make a recommendation. Please, seek help. Help is available, but it isn’t going to chase after you and beg you to reconsider. It has to be something you want. I hope you do. Do you have a trusted friend or family member you can turn to? If you are at the crossroads, the next step to recovery may be frightening, but you will be grateful you did. My prayer for our community is that you will be empowered to make the choice to be healed.

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