My Drug And Alcohol Problem!

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When I first experimented with drugs and alcohol, I never imagined that it would get so out of control. Alcohol and drugs are like poison, yet why do we still use them? I had to learn the hard way, I hope you do not have to make the same mistake I did, or if you did already make that mistake, I encourage you to understand that you can get out of that lifestyle and have a new life in Christ.  I did, and I thank God for that often. I was in bondage, but I have been set free! ~ Bill Greguska

 

1 Peter 4:3  For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and detestable idolatry.

 

 

 


Reasons You Cannot Beat Your Addiction!

 


 

 

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Yes, I Needed Help Badly!

 

My name is Bill Greguska.  When I was 13 years, living in Milwaukee, I started using alcohol and drugs, mainly out of curiosity and peer pressure, living in Milwaukee.
My drug and alcohol problem by the time I was 16 was beginning to spiral downwards, and it took ten years to get myself out of it with God’s help. It was not until I was 26 that I realized I needed help badly, and things started to work out. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! I was very fortunate and blessed to recover from my alcohol. Drug abuse was considerable problems in my life were a big problem in my life that I was very fortunate and blessed to recover from. Can you relate to my story yet?
Thank God for setting me free from alcohol and drugs on June 25, 1986. ~ Bill Greguska

 


Experimenting With Alcohol And Drugs Too Much?

My life spiraled downwards pretty quickly.  I was abusing alcohol and drugs and even huffing, and I wouldn’t have known how to stop it if I had wanted to. Marijuana and alcohol seemed to fill a temporary need–for a while, they appeared to be my best friends.  Then they turned into a monster that I couldn’t control.  They nearly killed me, one pill, joint, huff, beer, or glass of wine at a time. Substance abuse can quickly make people say and do things they usually would not do.  I used alcohol and drugs every day for many years.  Then God helped me.  First, on June 25, 1986, He helped me quit drinking and doing drugs. Two years later, God gave me the strength to quit smoking cigarettes after over a decade of smoking up to two packs per day.

My Drug And Alcohol Problem Was Similar To This!

 


 

Why I Exchange Basketball, For Drugs And Alcohol?

As a teen and even younger, I loved basketball and dreamed of playing college basketball and was very competitive in dreaming of playing college basketball. I thought the Marijuana and alcohol I was using did not affect my ability to play because, at first, I only used them during the summer. 

 

I soon learned otherwise. Then the summer before my junior year at Pius XI High School, my addiction caught up with me, and I became very depressed.  I started experimenting with new drugs like inhalants, cocaine, and acid.  I started getting into trouble at home and with the law–and I pretty much enjoyed basketball. My drug and alcohol problem was more than I bargained for! Addiction and sin took me further than I wanted to go. It kept me there longer than I wanted to stay and cost me more than I was willing to pay. Addiction seemed exciting and relaxed as a teen, but it did not take too long to realize it would take me further, keep me longer, and cost me more than I imagined when I first started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Hine site is 20-20, and now, looking back, I made some very foolish decisions. Now I hope to encourage others and share what drugs and alcohol did to me to not happen to you. I did not plan to become addicted; I do not think anyone plans to become an attic.

 


My Basketball Dreams Went Up In Smoke!

I smoked away the dreams I had about playing basketball in college. So when I hear that some people say Marijuana is not harmful, I’m afraid I have to disagree!  When I realized how depressed I was before my junior year started, I didn’t want to waste my mom’s money on school clothes because I wasn’t sure I’d be around long enough to wear them. It was hard because I kept thinking about checking out this life early.  Substance abuse made me depressed, and I was losing hope.
I made the Pius XI varsity high school basketball team, I believe, because of my previous good performance and reputation on the freshman and JV teams.  Junior year was a long, challenging year for me. Basketball was no longer a good thing!  All my dreams of playing college ball were destroyed because of drugs and alcohol.

 


 

Bible Verses About Drinking Alcohol

Here are some Bible verses about drinking alcohol:

  • Ephesians 5:18 – “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (ESV).
  • Romans 14:21 – “It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble” (ESV).
  • Isaiah 5:11 – “Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!” (ESV).
  • 1 Timothy 3:8 – “Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain” (ESV).
  • Matthew 11:19 – “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds” (ESV).

 

 


 

Is Drinking Alcohol A Sin In Christianity?

Alcohol isn’t inherently sinful. I’m under the belief drinking is fine as long as it’s done in moderation. I believe this is what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches getting drunk is a sin. “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21 ESV).

This passage demonstrates that those who make habitual practice things are not saved. In particular, it lists drunkenness as one of these “works of the flesh.” “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one,” (1 Corinthians 5:11 ESV).

This passage tells us that we’re not supposed to associate with a professing Christian if they habitually practice these things and don’t repent. “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18 ESV). This verse clearly states not to get drunk with wine. This doesn’t mean we can get drunk with other types of alcohol, though. We must read the Bible as a whole and not isolate one verse when forming beliefs.

 

 


 

Drugs And Alcohol DO NOT Mix By Any Means!

 


 

What Does The Bible Say About Drinking Beer?

There aren’t any Bible verses that directly mention beer. This doesn’t mean getting drunk with beer is permitted, though. As mentioned earlier, the Bible prohibits getting drunk altogether.

 


 

What Does The Bible Say About Drinking Wine?

The Bible has a lot to say about wine – it speaks of wine negatively and positively.

  • “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1 NIV).
  • “Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses” (1 Timothy 5:23 NIV).
  • “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do” (Ecclesiastes 9:7 NIV).
  • “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts” (Psalm 104:14-15 NIV).

Drinking wine isn’t a sin. However, it’s a sin to get drunk. We must be cautious when treading the line between drinking and getting drunk.

 

 


Did Jesus Turn Water Into Wine Or Grape Juice?

There’s debate on whether Jesus turned water into wine or grape juice at a wedding. The story is told in John 2:1-12. This is considered his first miracle. The Greek word used for wine here is oinos. This word is used multiple times in the New Testament as wine. Specifically, it’s used in Ephesians 5:18.

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18 NIV). You can’t get drunk on grape juice, but you can get drunk on wine. Since the same word is being used here, it would make sense this word means ‘wine’ in Jesus’ miracle. Jesus didn’t turn water into grape juice but into wine.

 

 


 

What Does The Bible Say About Pastors Drinking Alcohol?

One of the qualifications for a pastor is that he wouldn’t drink too much. Here are a couple of verses that speak of pastors and alcohol:

  • “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain” (Titus 1:7 ESV).
  • “Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain” (1 Timothy 3:8 ESV).

The terms overseer, deacon, and elder are used interchangeably for the word pastor. These verses tell us that a pastor must not be a drunkard or addicted to much wine. This doesn’t mean a pastor can’t drink alcohol, but he should be wise when drinking alcohol.

 

 


 

Is Addiction A Sin?

First, realize that addiction is a sin. Drinking alcohol isn’t a sin, but being addicted is. For example, let’s say you drink beer every night. You don’t necessarily get drunk, but you feel you need this beer every night. If this is you, examine your heart and see if you can live without beer every night. You might find that you’re addicted to drinking alcohol.

  • “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV).

“I will not be mastered by anything” means not to allow anything to become an addiction or to allow anything to overtake you.

 


 

Don’t Be A Stumbling Block.

If you’re with others who struggle with the temptation of drinking too much, you shouldn’t drink alcohol around them. Don’t be a stumbling block to others. 

  • “All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall” (Romans 14:20-21 NIV).

Our company influences us (1 Corinthians 15:33). Don’t allow yourself to be a bad influence on others.

 

 


 

Be Wise And Don’t Tempt Yourself.

Don’t tempt yourself if you have a past with alcohol and have difficulty controlling how much you drink. I’d advise not drinking alcohol at all. Yes, it’s not necessarily a sin to have a drink. But if you struggle with self-control, don’t drink at all. Don’t tempt yourself. It’s easy to say you’ll only have one drink, but it’s harder to carry that out when you have passed drinking too much. So, it’s not a sin to drink, but it is a sin to drink excessively. It’s also a sin for anything to become an addiction or be a stumbling block to others. We need to be wise when and if we drink.

  • “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV).

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Anyone Can Fall Into The Trap Of Alcohol And Drugs!

I was never really a “bad person,” but I made terrible choices.  These choices were making things very difficult for me.
I understood that the sin was actively living within me that I was following–that human inclination to do what we want to do rather than finding out what our Creator has made us be.  It wasn’t until the Spirit of God started to influence me that I finally came to terms with it.  By that time, a lot of damage was done already, but God refused to give up on me.
Despite my unwillingness to cooperate, I thank God that He kept putting people in my life to help guide and direct me.  First, my mom and then counselors helped get me back on the right track. The journey back was a long road.  Looking back, it was not until I was 26 that I finally surrendered to my addictions. That was when God began helping me see things much more clearly.  He empowered me through others trying to help me and praying for me.

 


The AA And NA Program

I was admitted to a few different short-term treatment centers and attended AA and NA to get my problem under control.  As soon as I left the treatment center, I would get back into my addictions. It was a terrible vicious cycle, like a nightmare that I could not break until I went into long-term treatment.
This cycle of dependency lasted many years, at times more severe than others.  I kept wishing that the pain in my life would all stop.  It was like a nightmare.  It was not until I went to a long-term treatment center then things finally improved. I wish others could learn from my drug and alcohol problem and get out of it or, better yet, not get into it. At that time, I allowed God to begin to make me into the person He created me to be.  It continues to be a process, but now He is in control, not the drugs and alcohol.


My Second Chance Came!

Being clean and sober since June 25, 1986, my life has made a turnabout. Praise God! Of course, there are still other problems to deal with, but for the most part, when God took away the desire to use or drink, that was my ticket out of the prison I made for myself.
I have been working and have some good people in my life that I call my friends. What more could I ask for? It may not be your fault that you became addicted to alcohol and drugs.  But it is your responsibility to reach out for the help you need.  There is help for you like there was for me if alcohol and drugs are hurting your life.  ~ Bill Greguska

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