Is A Drinking Problem Destroying Your Life?
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My drinking problem almost destroyed my life! Not to mention all the people who were affected by my drinking. Just to let you know, my drinking problem did not go away overnight. It took much counseling, prayer, and caring, loving people. I was also failing in a few treatment centers that I experienced.
Alcoholism is a powerful addiction, but there is hope. I am a living testimony of that! My drinking problem seemed fun initially, but it was almost like hell by the end of my drinking days. But if God could rescue me, He can do the same for you! ~ Bill Greguska
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
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The Media Has Brain Washed So Many People!
Our society has been fooling people into believing that alcohol consumption is typical and increases the value of one’s personal experiences in life through the media. This conditioning and brainwashing is a lie from the pit of hell. Alcohol has destroyed and dissolved many marriages, families, jobs, health, finances, and more! Yes, some people can drink occasionally and not have those horrendous results, but being human, the lust for pleasure can often grow, and no one is immune to it.
To be wise, I suggest that you do not drink alcohol. Still, if you insist on drinking for your own sake and the sake of others in your life, be very, very careful because, to be honest, alcohol is not our friend at all; it is not a necessity; it is a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. Alcohol is dangerous, killing many on the highways and taking many people’s lives captive. I know because it did it to me. ~ Bill Greguska
A Drinking Problem With Many More Problems!
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I am concerned about my habits, hurts, and hang-ups. Celebraterecovery.com
I am concerned about my drinking problem. AA.org
I am concerned about my drug problem. NA.org
I am concerned about someone with a drinking problem. Al-Anon.org
My Drinking Problem? Your Drinking Problem?
Without a doubt, my drinking problem caused me a lot of issues in my life! My question is, Is your potential drinking problem doing the same to you as it did to me? Being young and easily swayed by the media, peer pressure, and the desire to fit in. My drinking problem has been resolved, thanks to Jesus Christ! My drinking problem started like a lamb but eventually roared like a lion! Your drinking problem can be controlled and settled, too!
Please talk to someone who can help you if you think you might have a drug or alcohol problem before it gets worse. ~ Bill Greguska
What Is Your Story?
My drinking problem was a living hell. I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol in 8th grade but did not use them heavily until I was about 16. I am not sure of your story. But the bottom line is that the temptation of Satan to want to destroy our lives is compelling. I recall being a pretty good kid overall before I started using alcohol and drugs, but then my life changed for the worse, and I found myself on a revolving door of treatment centers from the time I was 16 until I was 26, in and out.
I wouldn’t say I liked the way my life was turning out. I knew I chose drugs and alcohol of my own free will, but once I started, it was no longer a fact of free will. It was apparent that I was hooked at that point in my life and could not say no to drugs or alcohol, it seemed. Having a drinking problem got way out of control, and I am so thankful God pulled me out and saved me! If I knew back then what I know today, I would never have tried either drugs or alcohol in the first place. ~ Bill Greguska
You Must Cooperate!
I did not cooperate with my treatment until I was 26 years old. Then on June 25th, 1986, I finally used alcohol and drugs for the last time! If my story sounds like yours, I remind you that God makes all things possible. You may think you are bound to continue drinking problems and using drugs until you die (like I felt I was going to), but I want to tell you that help isle here on this website and in your local community! Below is more of a story of what was involved with my drinking problem. I hope it is of help to you to relate to in your life. ~ Bill Greguska
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- What were “The Road to Damascus” experience issues?
My Drinking Problem Started So Innocently!
My drinking and drug problems sneaked up on me like a lamb but eventually roared like a lion! If you ask me what influence does peer pressure has? I can tell you the answer is A LOT!!! I can still distinctly remember my eighth-grade summer. One evening after supper, I rode my bike to the parking St. Gregory Church parking lot where I attended grade school. I was with five of my basketball team friends, who were all attending different high schools the following year. To my surprise, they were talking about smoking marijuana. I knew immediately that it was wrong to do inside my heart. But shortly after that, I found myself agreeing to try some. I was under peer pressure and wanted to be one of the guys—plus, I was curious. ~ Bill Greguska
I went to a few 30-day rehab programs, but they did not seem enough to help me. It was not until I went into long-term treatment that my addiction was broken once in and1986. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future. When my peers influenced me to try marijuana, and once that happened, it sure changed my life for the worst.
The way I was living my life resulted in some tough times in my life. Even though my life was a mess, I was thankful that I was raised to understand that God loved me, and I was convinced that I was not living right. In other words, I had a my conscience hard to live for immediate gratification and not live the life God wanted for me. It may sound strange to you, but being in treatment for two years was, without a doubt, the biggest blessing I could have gotten! I can see how God used each person at the treatment center to help me specifically! ~ Bill Greguska
I Turned In My Free Will
God allows hard times to let us use our free will to turn away from the sin that has entangled us. God does not cause the hard times but is with us through them, and all we need to do is reach out to him for his help because he is faithful and just. Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Is there a difference between so-called “hard drugs” and “soft “drugs? I’m afraid I have to disagree when people say that marijuana is a “soft” drug. Marijuana is a tool of the devil to slowly and painfully destroy our lives. There is hope for those like me who want to get out of the dead-end trap of that way of life. ~ Bill Greguska
Alcohol And Drugs
I was not the only one using marijuana and abusing alcohol—being just grateful that God gave me what I needed to get my life back on track in 1986. I cannot say that God tempted me, but I can say that He provided a way out for me when choosing to look for it. In my estimation, any drug that is not meant for medical healing or improving health would be considered either a soft or hard drug and should be treated as something that should not be used. Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not give into them.
How can something like marijuana or beer become such a powerful tool of destruction? My drinking problem and drug addiction were like a bit of a snake, initially scary but supposedly harmless. As time passed, the snake became more extensive, and my appetite for marijuana and the lifestyle that went with it grew in proportion. ~ Bill Greguska
Is It Okay To Drink Alcohol?
The consequences of marijuana and beer started to take effect and create more damage. My lying to my mom and dad increased, the regularity of being stoned and drunk increased, the run-ins with the police increased, and I lost control of my life and choices. I lost my chance to play college basketball. I got my girlfriend pregnant. I got in a cycle accident and messed up my knee. I got kicked out of 3 high schools. Life was getting totally out of control, and I was reaping what I had sowed. The bottom line, with no hesitation, would be it is only okay to drink alcohol if it does not cause any problems for a person. But for me, it almost took my life! ~ Bill Greguska
I Could Not Live With It, And Could Not Live Without It
My addictions were killing me. It was like having a love-hate relationship with my addiction. I had to get better because it was slowly killing me like a cobra snake around my neck. I loved the feeling of artificial euphoria but hated that it would damage myself, my family, and my healthy relationships. No matter the consequences I faced, I could not leave the marijuana, drugs, and alcohol alone.
I thank God for breaking the addiction chains I lived with for many years. God put some very dedicated and wise, compassionate people in my life when I was in treatment, and also, after I got out of the long-term treatment program, I was in for two years. It was the best thing that could have happened to me, and I am very thankful for it and for everyone there who helped me. I could not do it with short-term treatment programs. God knew what I needed, and I thank God He got it for me! ~ Bill Greguska
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Proverbs 20:1 ESV
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
1 Timothy 5:23 ESV
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
Romans 14:21 ESV
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
Luke 10:34 ESV
He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
Proverbs 23:29-35 ESV
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end, it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.
Psalm 104:15 ESV
And wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls, around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
1 Corinthians 6:12 ESV
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.
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