Escapes: Why Jesus is better than heroin

What do you do to get away when life gets you stressed out? Scroll through Facebook or Instagram? Send off a few snaps? Conquer a few levels on your favorite game? Maybe it feels like only alcohol or drugs will make the anxiety go away, calm your anger, or lift your depression. Maybe it's porn, hooking up, closing the deal at work, or getting the next adrenaline high. The problem with these escapes is that they never satisfy for long. In fact, they always leave us feeling worse and often cause damage to ourselves and those we love.   

God says in Isaiah 55 "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance." Wherever you are seeking to find life and happiness, Jesus' word to you is that the thirst and hunger inside of you - can only be fulfilled by Him. He has peace that will not run out. He alone has the selfless, unending love that you desire. Through his death and resurrection, He takes the label of Addict, places it on himself and places on you the name of Beloved. 

Resources and Information:
Celebrate Recovery meets at CrossPoint, Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 pm. For Life's Hurts, Habits, and Hang Ups. 

Technology:
Video Clip from Sunday: Simon Sinek on Cell Phones
Recent 20/20 Episode on Technology Addiction and TONS of helpful resources for gaming addiction


The Tech Wise Family by Andy Crouch

Substance Abuse:
PTSD and Addiction
Information and Resources from Right Step, a program here in Katy (adults and teens)
Opioid Use and Suicide - blog article on the Opioid Epidemic | Lots of resources and info

Pornography and Sex Addiction: 
Fight The New Drug - help in the struggle with pornography - lots of free resources and info
Covenant Eyes - Filters and safe browsers for computers and phones
Hope Quest - Christ-centered rehab and recovery program for addiction 

Other Helpful Resources: 
24 Hour Helpline 1-800-273-TALK
The Entitlement Cure by Dr. John Townsend
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
How to make your kid bored this summer - great read on building self reliant children

Prayer
I leave you with the prayer we recite each week at Celebrate Recovery by Richard Niebhur: 
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.

Amen.


By: JASON MARONEY
Care Ministry

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