Published on March 18th, 2013 | by djprophetic0
The Root Cause of All Addictions
The Root Cause of All Addictions
I want to present to you a very bold and grandiose claim that I fully believe and hope to prove to you. The root cause of all addictions is the lack of love. First, let’s define what an addiction is according to the medical dictionary: Addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance. Let’s be honest- if it’s not drugs, alcohol, sex, or pornography, we are all battling some sort of addiction. It might be the, Internet, mobile phones, food, family, a relationship, or something else. Would you believe that we become addicted to these things because of an unmet need for love?
The key word to zero in on is dependence. Notice, most addictions don’t start this way but usually lead a person to full dependence in which they feel they can no longer persist without a substance. Even substances that don’t have addictive properties can become addictive. During the first few years of college, I became dependent upon marijuana to relieve stress. Instead of depending on God to be my reliever, I would allow weed to be my consoler when I went through an ordeal. The sad thing is none of the things we become addicted to ever cure the void we feel. Drugs can’t fill it… Alcohol can’t fill it…. Money can’t fill it…. nor human love, friends, family, or any other vice. Everything on this earth is temporary. Therefore, they can only provide temporary relief. How can something external solve an internal problem? …It can’t. Just like you can’t put love into your gas tank, you can’t use drugs to heal pain on the inside. (Read my poem Empty to get a better understanding of this concept)
Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all looking for love and we have tried many things to fill that love gap. But they just don’t seem to fit. Nothing else will ever fit because we were created by God, for God; the only cure is God’s love. Imagine Mercedes Benz, the car manufacturer, creates a new car and tells you to put premium fuel in the car and you decide to pump regular unleaded. Your car might look well on the outside, but in reality, you’ll be damaging its engine and other internal components. It’s the same exact way with God. He’s the manufacturer and we’re the product; we keep trying to put things in ourselves that weren’t meant to completely fulfill us. Just like regular gas being pumped into that Mercedes, it will look like everything is good, but sooner or later the damaged insides will stop us and hinder us from running the way God intended.
The bible says that God is love and all these vices we have are an attempt to fill the missing love void in our hearts. For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). God doesn’t ask us to come perfect and He doesn’t expect us to break these addictions on our own. In fact, He says in Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. This means God didn’t die for the holy and perfect people; He died for people who have faults, mess ups, and addictions to things that we shouldn’t. The truth is- by having Jesus in your life, you can battle all these vices daily, but without Him we only get temporary freedom from one vice but then continue to another. Get free today and fill your heart with the love of Christ, the cure for every heart that has a missing void.