The Word Says
For their vine is from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are poisonous; their clusters are bitter. Their wine is serpents' venom, the deadly poison of cobras.
To cope or survive the riggers of life, do you need a "high"?
Are you chemically dependent?
Check out the Chemically Dependent checklist.
Answer yes or no. If you hesitate or contemplate, most likely, it's yes.
Criteria- Be Honest!
C Do you ever attempt to conceal your habit from others?
H Do you ever think about getting help for your habit?
E Do you have problems at your place of employment because of your habit?
M Do you ever experience a loss of memory because of your habit?
I Do you ever become severely intoxicated?
C Do you ever feel unfairly criticized because of your habit?
A Do you ever feel your habit is abnormal?
L Do you ever lose friends or leave relationships because of your habit?
L Do you ever lower your intake yet return to your previous level?
Y Do you yearn for your habit daily?
D Are you defensive or argumentive about your usage?
E Are you connected emotionally to your habit? Can't function without it?
P Are you physically affected by your habit?
E Do you only enjoy functions where alcohol or other drugs are allowed?
N Is your need for the substance affecting your finances?
D Do you deny your usage causes serious consequences?
E Do you evade situations, gatherings because of your habit?
N Is your need to feed your habit take precedence over the need of others?
T Is your tolerance level for the substance getting higher?
If you answered yes to 5 or more (25%) of the questions, you might have a severe dependency issue.
I have been there. At any given time, I could answer "YES!" to any or all of the above questions. I became tired and weary, serving my addiction. My desire to quit became more substantial than my need for the substance. But, I had zero power (as I had tried many times to manage my usage), so I turned to the One who is the power to overcome what I could not do on my own. The Lord took the desire away, and I said, "No!" to the temptation until it was no longer tempting. But the power behind the no's was not my own, but that of the Holy Spirit. You can't overcome it on your own. You'll need others and the Great Overcomer, Christ. I will happily be one of the others, and along with Christ, we can help you overcome what has overcome you!
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing intoxicating drinks.
Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever goes astray because of them is not wise.