The Touch of Christ
As I have been taking classes concerning counseling and the healing process, I realized I could never be a typical office counselor. I began to question the rules of typical counseling and the practices set forth by some state guidelines. My final straw was working for a state- funded agency that would not allow us to take clients to church when they desired to go due to regulations. While human nature tends to see only qualified professionals being able to help heal the broken hearted, is Christ-centered healing more effective when it comes to healing addictions?
I have always had the knowledge of Christ, but up until this last year, I realized I did not truly ...view middle of the document...
My life crumbled.
About six months ago, I was touched by God himself and my life and everything in it flashed before my eyes. I was overcome with peace and love that I had never felt before. For the first time in 38 years, my heart was healed. It was nothing a counselor or a pill could have given me. I knew from that point on, I was going to be okay and God was there to hold my hand. This experience gave me a new mission in life to share this love with others who need healing. Being a first-hand witness to both sides of the coin, my goal is to show how Biblical counseling is more effective when it comes to beating addiction than non-Biblical counseling.
First I think it is important to clearly define what addiction looks like. I think we all have a picture in our head of the lady on the billboard with sores all over her face or maybe even the town drunk. What about the typical housewife who is so tapped for energy she gets hooked on meth? What about over worked husband who turns to alcohol to relax? What about the abused teenager who can only seem to forget the abuse when she uses anything she can get her hands on? What about the Pastors wife who has severe anxiety and gets hooked on Valium? All of these are scenarios for very real faces of addiction.
Harvard Health Publications describes “the word “addiction” as derived from a Latin term for “enslaved by” or “bound to.” Addiction often...