My Drug And Alcohol Problem!

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“Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring. All of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

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.

 

Alcohol and drugs are like poison, yet we still use them? Here are some encouraging scriptures about addiction

 


Another Term For Addiction = Spiritual Warfare

 


 

 

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Alcohol and drugs!

I am thankful to God that God removed alcohol and drugs on June 25, 1986. ~ Bill Greguska

 

Yes, I Needed Help Badly!

My name is Bill Greguska.  When I was 13 years old, 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, which took ten years to get myself out of with God’s help. It was not until I was 26 that I realized I needed help badly, then things started to work out. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! My alcohol and drug abuse were considerable problems in my life that I was very fortunate and blessed to recover from. Can you relate to my story yet?

 


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 also 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, one joint, one huff, one beer or glass of wine at a time.
Substance abuse can quickly make a person 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?

Basketball to drugs

I did not plan to become addicted!

As a teen and even younger, I loved basketball and was very competitive, dreaming of playing college basketball. I thought the Marijuana and alcohol I was using did not or would 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 also became very depressed.  I started experimenting with new drugs like inhalants, cocaine, and even 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 cool when I was 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 would have ever 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.

 

 


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 on thinking about checking out of 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 a habitual practice of these 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 need to read the Bible as a whole and not isolate one verse when forming beliefs.

 

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 need to 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 actually 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?

There are qualifications for a pastor – one of these qualifications being 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. Both of 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 at all, but he should be wise when drinking alcohol.

 

Keep These Things In Mind When Drinking Alcohol

There are a few things you should keep in mind when drinking alcohol.

 

Addiction is 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.

If you have a past with alcohol and have a hard time controlling how much you drink, don’t tempt yourself. 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 a past 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 was making some 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.
I thank God that He kept putting people in my life to help guide and direct me–despite my unwillingness to cooperate.  First, it was my mom and then counselors that helped get me back on the right track. The journey back was a long road.  Looking back, it was not until I was 26 years old that I finally surrendered to my addictions. That was when God began helping me see things much more clearly.  He empowered me through others who were trying to help me and who were 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 right back into my addictions. It was a terrible vicious cycle, kind of 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 got better. 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 that I made for myself.
I have been working, and I 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 that 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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