A common occurrence in those who battle with substance abuse is an overriding sense, conscious and subconscious, that they have lost their way. While many health care practitioners focus on the physical and mental aspects of drug and alcohol addictions, as they can be debilitating, it is essential to include Spirit. The benefits of spirituality transcend the person who needs treatment by touching and positively affecting their family members as well. But not all are in tune with this belief, which is why we are bringing to light the Bible verse Hosea 4:6, its mention of lack of knowledge, and the meaning behind it.
With Acceptance Comes Forgiveness
A key component to successful recovery, spirituality offers a greater path towards acceptance and healing for the one with substance addiction and those who love them.
The added support that a faith-based treatment program provides not only helps make the transformation into a life of sobriety easier, but the personal growth attained in the process is immeasurable. Here’s why.
In Darkness, the Light Can Shine Bright
One of the most powerful tenets of the traditional 12-Step program, originating in Alcoholics Anonymous, is based on many of the teachings in Christianity, focusing on personal acceptance. This part of addiction recovery holds the person in treatment self-accountable for their actions, life choices made, while asking forgiveness of those they’ve hurt along the way.
The life one leads while immersed in active drug or alcohol abuse is filled with denial, darkness, and despair. There are many personal accounts of spiritual awakening during this time, through a thought, a feeling, or vision that brings a glimmer of personal acceptance to the forefront. This spiritual light, however cast, opens the door to acknowledging there is an addiction problem that needs to be faced and treated.
What If Spirit Can’t Be Felt
Not all who need treatment are at a place where they are able to face the truth. Even during an intervention, family members will also find it difficult to accept the entire reality of the drug use, the broken family dynamic, and the damage it has caused. A sense of hopelessness invades daily life making it difficult to believe in God’s word and continue to have faith. This is why it’s imperative that the family be a part of the intervention, treatment and addiction recovery process.
Without utilizing the benefits of spirituality, the entire family will suffer – unnecessarily.
Let’s look at the entire verse of Hosea 4:6 as an example of how drug addiction takes hold of the user and the family, and why belief in our Lord and Savior truly brings salvation.
Lack of Knowledge Is Deeper than Intellect
The scripture provides all the tools and teachings we need to live a balanced, purposeful, and glorious life. Substance addiction and ignoring the existence of substance addiction goes against the principles of God’s word, represented in Hosea 4:6.
Within the verse my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge is not calling out one’s ability to take on information but more about the neglect of seeking information that is vital to livelihood, which includes embracing spirituality. By the lack of knowledge, it also refers to one’s choice to ignore or refuse God’s word or spirituality that is the downfall of a person, leading to poor life choices and circumstances.
By respecting oneself through acceptance of God’s word, we have a greater ability to rise above temptation through continuous belief and gracious acts of faith.
Ignorance Is Not Bliss
But what of those who have lost their way or never had a spiritual imprint in their lives? Ignorance of Spirit is not an excuse as The Way is always present for those who seek it. Ignoring the knowledge is then likened to rejecting it.
Hosea 4:6 serves to remind us that without God’s word, we cannot follow his wisdom. Without God’s word, we cannot see our own light. Without personal vision and purpose, a person is easily led down a dark path and attracted to others who will do the same. Ultimately, self-destruction is at hand.
The Sheep Mentality
When we journey down an ill-path or have no defined path, the risks intensify over time. Consider the history of people and the destruction of civilizations in the past, when faith in God shifted to other deities. It’s easy to see this by visualizing a sea of people who walk in a herd, with their individualism gone and their consciousness nonexistent.
Drug and alcohol addiction will create a sheep mentality, for the addict and the family. For the person dependent on drugs, he or she will become sheep-like, choosing to befriend others who use with a sole-purpose of finding more drugs and using more drugs. For the family, they have the ability to initiate a change, though it will be painful. It begins with an intervention. But many will choose to ignore the problem exists or hope that it will go away on its own. It won’t. In fact, this entire cycle defines lack of knowledge.
Faith-Based Recovery Lives in the Action We Take
Hosea 4:6 reminds us to stay in faith. This helps throughout the drug intervention process as faith is challenged, for every family member, throughout recovery.
It is through acknowledgement, acceptance, and commitment to the Lord’s work that a person with addictive behaviors, and their family, will have the courage, strength, and support to overcome this darkness we call addiction, and embrace the light of recovery.