Overcoming Addiction: Lessons from the Great Band of Robbers
- There is strength in people joining together to fight a common enemy. Those fighting addiction will increase their chances for success when they unite with others who have the same goal.
- Weapons, shields, and armor are needed to defeat an enemy – another name for these items is tools. All of us need tools. It is your job to make and use tools to overcome addiction. (This site will help you arm and defend yourself.)
- One tool to conquer our enemies involves creating fortifications between ourselves and the addiction.
- Constant vigilance is required.
- The people in the story made changes in how they lived. They knew they needed to do this. Addiction recovery will require many changes in your life. You must stop things you should stop, you must more consistently do the things you should do, “make right” what you’ve done wrong, and start listening again to that little voice on your shoulder called your conscience. Just as plugging a cord into an electric outlet gives a lamp power to emit light, the right changes will give you a natural flow of power against your enemies.
- Just as the united, defending nations called upon God, you can. Whether you believe in a a loving Heavenly Father, a Universal Intelligence, a Great Creator, a set of Dieties with varying personalities, or don’t even know what you believe, as you exert faith, seek truth, and commit to follow the truth you know, you will be empowered. This is a natural law. There is a force out there to which mankind naturally turns, especially in dire circumstances – and for good reason. That power is real and something inside you knows that. If you are willing to ask, God will listen and guide you.