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Does praying help you with your addiction?

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Loved One' started by kylerlittle, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. ArsenaP

    ArsenaP Member

    There is nothing harmful from praying however I don't believe we need to pray to anyone as we have all the tools within us to be successful. I look at prayer as not a way to ask for things but a way to focus on what I am grateful for and say thank you. We have so many blessings all around us and nothing creates more blessings than being thankful for what we have even when things are not going well.
  2. jeremy2

    jeremy2 Community Champion

    I believe in the divine power of the one high above and i can attest to the fact that i've seen people get transformed overnight from the bondage of addiction. True believers know that everything and anything is possible through prayers and divine intervention. So,yes, prayers do help.
  3. Prayer, helps sooth the mind and soul. I believe that it helps you in any situation not just addiction. Addiction is a hard illness to overcome, which takes more than praying to overcome. Although I believe praying works in mysterious ways, it certainly does not hurt to pray. If it does not help cure an addict I believe it helps bring positively into the journey of a recovering addict. Gives someone who doesn't have hope gain it.
  4. Amelie Santos

    Amelie Santos Active Contributor

    I think believing in a force that is bigger than myself is helping me with my struggles. I'm not saying it will work for everyone, of course, but it does work for me. I was raised a Catholic, but for a long time I "broke up" with the church because there were too many issues that I was disgusted by (still am). But I started going to mass again (sincerely, not just to appease my mother) because I was losing my way, and I realized that I am the kind of person who needs to have faith in something in order to get through the day - and to get through it with my dignity and self-respect intact. When I was wallowing in my "defiance", I was also wallowing in self-pity and self-destruction.
  5. Makana

    Makana Member

    Yes. Praying is the most important step towards quitting an addiction as it touches on the spiritual side of an individual. Prayer brings an individual closer and closer to self realization.
  6. Deeishere

    Deeishere Active Contributor

    Yes it does. My mother became a Christian and wanted to stop smoking and she was able to stop instantly. My father was an alcoholic and I prayed for him and eventually (not overnight) he stopped; and he also became a Christian. I know of so many stories of people praying and being able to change their life. The key is that you must believe. When I lost a lot of weight I prayed, believed, and started implementing those things that would help me to reach my goal.
  7. johnyork

    johnyork Active Contributor

    Prayer will only be beneficial to someone who believes in prayer and who is religious. It's pointless if the person is not religious. I mean, I guess it's a little different if it's someone else whom you love who is praying for you. Like I am not a religious person, but when my grandmother or someone I love tells me that they are praying for me, I feel sort of special. Like I'm special enough to be included in something so important to them.
  8. Shenwil

    Shenwil Senior Contributor

    I also believe in God, he has never failed to answer my earnest of prayers. Sometimes he answers in ways that I did not want but turns out to be the best in the end. Prayer works
  9. Sparkster

    Sparkster Community Champion

    You don't have to be religious or believe in God or a Higher Power for prayer (or meditation - same thing) to work effectively. When done properly it also works for atheists and as pointed out by atheist and evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, prayer is within the reach of science. It's only how you perceive that power - atheists believe it's a result of the power of the subconscious mind, believers think it's something more. Others, such as myself, believe it's a combination of both.
  10. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    I would like to contribute by saying praying helps with your addiction because you are communicating with your creator who knows your present, past and future and you have committed yourself to him by going to Him in prayer, an act of submission and humility, knowing you cannot help yourself.

    It feels good to know the One you are praying to does not judge you for being an addict.