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10 “Return to the Lord

10 “Return to the Lord your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity.” —Deuteronomy 30:2, 3 “Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You.… Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.” —Psalm 28:2, 6, 7 A passage of scripture which delivers hope and comfort to many who have struggled with addiction is Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

11 5 Build a Network of Support Get close to healthy, helpful people. Disassociate with friends who are still involved in substance abuse and may tempt you to continue participating with them. This, in itself, is a vital step. Build a new network of supportive people. One man describes what happened when he made the decision to stop drinking: “I had decided, along with no more alcohol in my life, that I would limit my contact with all of my drinking pals. However, this quickly ceased to be an issue, because when those friends found out I was no longer drinking, they quit calling me. In fact, I rather abruptly found myself without any friends. That forced me to seek out new relationships, which I did, little by little.” Get yourself plugged into a loving church. A house of worship is an ideal place to find positive, supportive, loving people who will reinforce your decision to be free from drugs and alcohol. Dr. Charles Zeiders, a Christian psychologist and clinical coordinator of Christian Counseling Associates in the cities of West Chester and Havertown, Pennsylvania, says: “If you get people connected with a really healthy, vital church community, where they are understanding themselves as children of God rather than guys at a bar; where they are participating in things like outreach or volunteer services; where they are having a

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