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Thursday, October 7, 2021

52 Rare Bible Verses About Addiction Many Christians Ignore


I have noticed that there are a lot of bible verses about addiction many Christians don’t make reference to. Many of which may just be the exact bible page you need to overcome whatever type of addiction you suffer.   

 All thanks to God who have helped me put them together.  I count being a Christian as a great privilege. It affords me a load of opportunities to search God's word for solutions to addiction problems.   

 By God’s intervention, I have put together over 52   bible verses to help us win in our struggles with addiction and depression. We can now leverage many scriptures in the bible that talks about addiction, its effects, Prevention, and permanent solution.   

 The good thing about these scriptures is that they help in any kind of addiction recovery need,  whether social media addiction, drug, sex, alcohol, and even food addiction.  

 Note: I provided these addiction bible quotes in different versions: KJV( King James Version), NIV(New International Version), Message translation, and ESV(English standard version).   Let’s dive right in...  
bible verses about addiction


One common question  people ask is, " what is a good bible verse on addiction recovery?" 

 It is one thing to have an addiction issue, it is another thing to locate the right bible pages that talk about your particular area of addiction. If you can find them, and meditate on them believing the tremendous power available in them, you are certain to win your fight against addiction.

 With this in mind, what can we say then is a good bible verse about addiction? 

 It is one that relates and addresses the exact challenge you are facing per time. Take, for instance, if a farmer tries to cut down a tree with a hoe, there's certainly nothing much he can accomplish. But when he uses the right equipment, in no time, he'll bring the whole tree down. It's all about tailoring the right tool and approach. 

 Similarly, if we must be successful in dealing with an addiction problem, the first thing to do is try and find the best bible verse for that specific addiction issue so we can meditate and pray with them daily.   


  Negative addiction is not a pleasant experience. Sometimes the shame that comes with it is well enough to make one think suicidal thoughts. 

 Below are helpful bible verses on all kinds of addictions. Study them, pray with them and start winning today.   

 “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age…” 
 Titus 2:11–12   

 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 
1 Corinthians 10:13 

“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
 1 John 2:16   

 "The Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 
2 Corinthians 3:17   

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from  you.” 
James 4:7   

 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” 
Hebrews 4:15-16 

   “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
 Romans 5:3-5.  

 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 
Philippians 4:13   

 “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
1 Corinthians 6:9-11    

 “ Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 
1 Corinthians 15:33   

 “ I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
 Romans 12:1-2   

 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” 
James 1:2-3   

 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36   

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 
 Matthew 11:28-30 

   “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” 
Proverbs 25:2   

 Note: As you keep studying these bible verses on addiction, also take out time to meditate on them. That is where the power lies.   

 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 
2 Timothy 1:7 

   “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” 
Romans 13:1   

 “ It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”
 Titus 2:1  

 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.”
Ephesians 5:1  

 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am being tempted by God,' for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. “ 
James 1:12-14     

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit...” 
Ephesians 5:18   

 “All things are lawful for me,' but not all things are helpful. 'All things are lawful for me,' but I will not be enslaved by anything.”  
1 Corinthians 6:12  

 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 
1 Peter 5: 8 

 “Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.
1Corinthians 15:3  

 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:4  

 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”   
 1 Peter 5:1  

 "Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul." 
1 Peter 2:1  

 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” 
Proverbs 20:1   

 “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” 
Matthew 6:13  

 “ And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 
1 Peter 5:10   

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17  

 “ They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.” 
2 Peter 2:1   

 “For freedom, Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” 
Galatians 5:1   

 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”Romans 13:14   “ call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 
Psalm 50:15  


  Drug abuse seems to be a major concern in the current dispensation of man's existence. And it may even span the future if drastic measures are not taken. 

Nothing is more abused than substances in our generation. Whether it is drugs or alcohol they are very much abused. Which is why I put together these scriptures for battling substance abuse.  

 The world is full of diverse kinds of temptations. But in God’s word, we can find the encouragement and strength to overcome these cravings for drugs.

   These Bible quotes about drug addiction provide all the knowledge and Grace we need to overcome the power of addiction through the help of the Holy Spirit. No doubt, the power to overcome lies in Christ.  

 Drug abuse or involvement in illicit drugs will not be a death sentence as long as we rely on GOD to provide us with His lasting solution. Every struggling addict can leverage these bible portions.  They'll help for complete rehabilitation from drug abuse, intoxication, and illicit drug-related issues.  

 Check them out...  

 " No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
1 Corinthians 10:13 

   “Jesus said to His disciples, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” 
John 15:3   

 “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” 
Proverbs 20:1   

 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” 
Ephesians 5:18  

 “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.”
 Titus 2:3   

 “Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.” 
Romans 13:13 

   “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 
1 Corinthians 6:9-11  

 “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Galatians 5:19-21  

 “So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” 
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8  

 “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 
1 Peter 1:13  

 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 
1 Peter 5:8   

 “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” 
Proverbs 22:3  

 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
Matthew 18:8-9   

 “Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” 
1 Corinthians 3:16-17  

 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

   Note: These bible verses on drug addiction are enormous. You may be tempted to stop meditating on them, but don't give up. Keep at it. Just take things slowly and you will begin to see results in no time. Also, Some of them may be pretty difficult to understand. You may want to consult with your pastor or anyone with revelation knowledge to help. 
scriptures for addiction


Gambling is a severe type of addiction in the 21st century. Everyone wants to survive by all means, considering the adverse economic stance which has caused inflation. This is why addiction to gambling is so critical that it demands all the solution one can lay hands on. What other solution is befitting if not God's word? 

 Before we delve into some scriptures, let's see what the bible has to say about gambling.


Gambling is one thing that many people have different opinions about. Some people think it's ok to bet, others particularly Christians strongly believe it is a sin against God. Whatever be the perspectives people have formed about the subject of gambling, it must be for a reason. 

   I don't intend to debate people's opinions. After all, I'm not writing for everybody. I write for those who are ready to believe what God has to say. 

   Let me start by defining what gambling is.   

Gambling also called betting or staking is an adventure of risk that a person is willing to stake something of value for a greater gain based on uncertainty, prediction, and calculations. While this may sound like a good business deal, it has many unfathomable downsides. 

   The bible may not have the exact word " gambling addiction" in it,  but it sure has some bible pages that address man's disposition towards money. It makes sense because Money is a good fit we can relate with gambling addiction seeing that every betting endeavor is either geared towards winning a cash prize or exchanging something of value for another. 

   While the bible may not be explicit about God's stand on gambling, there are a few scriptural references that implied it. Let's check them out.

Matthew 6 [24]“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
I will explain this chapter in the following heading before i finally show you some key addiction bible verses.


Let’s use Matthew 6:24 to answer this question and explain even further God's stance on gambling.
No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24
  Matthew6:24 is just God's thought on any kind of addiction. I could give a dozen insights as to why gambling or betting is not God's will. 

   First, people often tend to idolize money-related adventures. And This is what mainly gives rise to gambling addiction. People value and love money so much so that, they're willing to steal from others or sell their valuables just to gamble if Peradventure they stand a chance to win big.  

 Second, gambling can keep one from embracing God's purpose for life. That is, it can stifle one's potential and promote one's laziness.

 Wonder why youths are lazier in this generation than in any other generation that has ever existed?  It is due to the get-rich-quick-scheme which includes gambling.  Instead of working hard to earn money in an honorable way, they prefer shortcuts. 

   Third, when one is addicted to gambling, a lot can go wrong. For example, addiction to gambling can be harmful to one's psychological and physical health. Moreover, people who live with this type of addiction may experience depression, distress, migraine, and other problems related to anxiety from fear of uncertainty. 

 With all these said, you can see for yourself that apparently, gambling is sinful. God cannot approve of something that ruins people’s life.   

 Check out a few other bible references that give us a clue about God's thoughts on gambling: 

     1 Timothy 6 "[10]For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."  

Proverbs 13 "[11]Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;     wealth from hard work grows over time." 

   1 Timothy 6:9-10 "[9]But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. [10]For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."   

Ecclesiastes 5 "[10]Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!"   

Luke 12 "[15]Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”    

Now that we have come to terms with the dangers of addiction to gambling, let's see some bible verses to help battle this addiction:  

Proverbs 15:16 "Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it."  

Colossians 3:5 "Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry."

1 Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything."  

Peter 2:19 "They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity–for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”  

1 Timothy 6:9-10 " Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."   

Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will."   

Proverbs 15:27 "The greedy bring ruin to their households, but the one who hates bribes will live." 

Hebrews 13:5  "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  

Proverbs 13:11 "Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."  

1 Timothy 6:9 "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction."   

1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs." 

 1 Timothy 5:8 "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."  

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything."  

Proverbs 21:5 "The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty."  

Proverbs 28:19 "Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty." 

   Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”    

Ecclesiastes 5:10 "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity." 

   Proverbs 10:2 "Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death."     

Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."  

Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it."  

1 Peter 1:18 "Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,"   

2 Thessalonians 3:10 "For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." 

   Matthew 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."  

Proverbs 15:27 "Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live."   

1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  

1 Corinthians 4:2 "Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy."  

Romans 13:8 "Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law." 

   Proverbs 30:8 "Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me," 

Amos 5:24 "But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." 

Exodus 20:15 “You shall not steal."   

Deuteronomy 5:21 “‘And you shall not covet your neighbor's wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's." 

Ephesians 5:5 "For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."  

Luke 12:15 "And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  

Matthew 25:21 "His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master."  

Luke 12:42 "And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?" 

Ephesians 4:28 "Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need."   

Proverbs 12:11 "Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense."   

Proverbs 10:16 "The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin."  

Proverbs 10:4 "A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich." 

Proverbs 22:7 "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender."  

Matthew 25:1-46 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept."  


Though food addiction is not common, it is also worthy of attention, especially for believers. As a Christian, I can confidently say that one thing that keeps believers from accessing some vital spiritual dimensions is FOOD. Hence, the need to control it. 

Before accessing a few scriptural references relating,  I want to answer a some common questions people ask before going ahead to show you some bible verses about food addiction.
bible verses on addiction


Though I know about food addiction, I personally did not know anyone who was addicted until I started noticing how my little cousin started showing some signs of food addiction.   If I could give a description of how people who are food addicts behave, I would say that, they have a high affinity for anything edible. Sometimes, I wonder where those large bowls of food go to. It seems to me like their stomachs have larger compartments than that of voracious wild animals.   

 More profoundly, I noticed that what makes one a food addict is not necessarily in the quantity of food engulfed. Food addicts may not eat to the brim, however, they will not rest until they have a feel of what every food tastes like in smaller proportions. 

   Typical food addicts are easy to spot. All you have to do is seat a while with them in an open spot where there are different food vendors. You would realize that most of the time, they do nothing else but place orders. They want to take everything: different brands of wine, ice cream, juice, snacks, foods, name it.  

 While eating well is good, eating in excess is unhealthy. A lot can go wrong as a result. For example, Obesity, dead, laziness, and hindered breath are some dangers associated with food addiction. 

 God is against anything that is not in our best interest, hence He provides us with bible verses about addiction.

Solomon And Paul's Advice On Food Addiction
While there are many bible verses about food addiction, proverb 23:2 summarise it all. Check out what it says:

“and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.” 

 Of cause, this is not a literal statement. Who wants to die because he is given to appetite? It is rather a figurative implication that anyone who gratifies excessively is already dead.  This truth is re-echoed by Paul in 1Timothy 4:8, 

“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is o come.” 

What this means is that being more spiritually-minded benefits more than being physical. Unfortunately, foods tend to draw us to be more physically conscious. It empowers the flesh more than anything else.

 On the other hand, fasting hinders the flesh and boosts the spirit. This is the reason we are admonished to fast occasionally.


Some bible verse that talks about food are: 

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God 

Hebrews 13:9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 

Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.

1 Corinthians 6:13 Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"--but God will destroy them both.   

Below are some good bible verses about addiction to help one recover from excessive longing for food: 

Psalm 127:2-1 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat. For he grants sleep to those he loves. Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. 

Proverbs 13:25 “The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.” 

Romans 7:19-20 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Proverbs 23:1-3 “When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you, And put a knife to your throat if you are a man of great appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, for it is deceptive food.” 

1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 

Proverbs 25:16 “Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, that you not have it in excess and vomit it.” 

1 Corinthians 6:12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.

Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.   


  One common substance abuse is alcohol. This ostensibly results from the fact that almost all alcoholic drinks in the market are rated 18. So a parent gives a teenage child some pocket money, he invests it in alcohol. Initially, it begins with a bottle, it then graduates into two and then five by the end of the week.  

 In case you find yourself doing this, these are my best bible verses for alcoholic addiction. 

   Titus 1:7-8 “For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled.”

Isaiah 5:22 "Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine. And valiant men in mixing strong drink," 

I Corinthians 9:25-27 “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”  

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. 

Genesis 19:30-35 "Lot went up from Zoar, and stayed in the mountains, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; and he stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters. Then the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of the earth. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve our family through our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. On the following day, the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve our family through our father.” So they made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger arose and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose."

Isaiah 5:11 "Woe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!"  

1 Peter 5:8 "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 

Ephesians 5:18 "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit" 

1 Corinthians 6:10 "nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God." 

Isaiah 28:7-8 "And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment." 

Romans 13:13 "Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy." 

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God."


Were there any addicts in the bible?  What did Jesus say about addiction?   Let's find out.  

 First, there are addicts in the bible. Jesus himself set one free. There are scriptures on Christ helping with addictions. 

   In John 8:3, a certain adulterous woman was brought before Jesus to see the judgment he would pass. 

 Adultery was a sever offense back then that is punishable by death yet she couldn't stay off it. The woman was clearly an example of a sex addict even if the bible didn't state it explicitly. 

Why did I say this? Addiction is not something that begins spontaneously. For an act to be qualified as addiction, it must have been indulged in for a very long time that it formed a habit over the years that's pretty hard to deal with.   

 When this woman was brought to Jesus, you could see the remorse she felt. She knew it wasn't right to commit adultery. I believe that sexual addiction was one of her struggles for years but she couldn't just stop it by her own willpower even though she wanted to, not until Jesus came. In other words, Jesus was her living bible verse.   

 Another instance of addiction in the bible is food addiction. The children of Israel showed how addicted they were by how they were unsatisfied with the manna God provided them. They were so engrossed with eating that they chose to go back to Egypt as slaves if that was the criterion they needed to enjoy the sumptuous meals in Egypt. 


  There is a spirit behind every evil just as the Spirit of God is behind every good. However, the bible didn't particularly point out a specific spirit responsible for a particular addiction. 

   There are words the bible uses as pointers to addiction. If you study God's word, you will always come across words like stronghold, bondage, and yoke. Is this not what addiction does to people? It bonds, holds and yokes people to a particular habit only God can solve. This is why everyone needs bible verses on addiction. Any spirit that can keep people bonded and yoked to a habit is a spirit of addiction.


Virtually everybody is addicted. If you are not addicted to what is good, you are addicted to what is bad and it doesn't matter who you are; Pastors, professors, workers, students, old people, or youngsters. Everyone is suffering or has once suffered an addiction. This is why everybody, not just those who are severely addicted needs a few bible verses about addiction. 

In Philippians 4:5, God admonishes us as believers that our moderation should be known by all men. In other words, Christians should conduct themselves and control their involvement with things with moderation. I believe this is because, any time this boundary called moderation is breached, addiction is born. 

   To deal with addiction according to the bible, one must be;  

  1. Committed: Totally resolve to fight addiction with all sense of seriousness. The quality of one's decision will determine the level of success or failure. The following points are what you will commit to doing after you have totally resolved in your mind.
  1. Thought-killing Conscious:  Many areas of addiction emerge from unhealthy thoughts and imagination. If one can flood his or her thoughts with only positive things, the tendency to think negatively will be mitigated greatly. Satan brings negative thoughts to everybody. The difference between those who execute these thoughts and those who don't is discipline. Those who ignore such thoughts by finding more useful things to indulge in are those who do not allow the thought to germinate in the soil of their minds.
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.(Philippians 4:8) 
  1. Distanced From Pointers To Negative Thoughts: If you must succeed in this journey of combating addiction, you must keep off from everything that points to negative thoughts. You must keep off from bad companies, control what you see and mind where you go. This decision may not be convenient, but the results are worth it.
      "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Prov 23: 7)    

  1. Pray, Fast, and Meditate: Prayer and fasting disarm the flesh and empowers your spirit to take control of your thoughts, decisions, and actions. On the other hand, meditating on some of these scriptural references that talk about addiction commits God to intervene in your matter and help you conquer.

 While you carry out the physical assignments of controlling what the eyes see and what the ears hear, minding the places you go, putting off bad friends, and controlling negative thoughts, God carries out the spiritual assignments of transforming you from within as you keep studying and mediating His words. 

Solving addiction problems can therefore be viewed as an intervention of both humanity and divinity. 


 For those who are Christians, these bible verses about addiction are all you need to overcome the challenges of drug, intoxication, substance abuse, and every other addictive behavior. 


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