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Sobriety is the Greatest Gift at the Holidays

Nothing Can Match the Time and Effort Necessary for True Transformation

We search and search for the perfect gift in aisle after aisle, store after store.

But for those struggling with alcohol abuse and drug addition, sobriety is the greatest gift they can give their family, friends and themselves this Christmas season.

The holidays are about great gifts. We give gifts at Christmas to show our love, and we remember the greatest gift ever given was from God above—His son, Jesus Christ. But at the holidays, some of us can also give the gift of a new life and true transformation.

Struggles with addictions can intensify at the holidays for a variety of reasons:

  • Shorter days and colder weather contribute to seasonal or winter depression, and alcohol use increases.
  • Increased stress between Thanksgiving and the New Year wears down defenses, and the need or desire to escape, sooth or self-medicate can lead to addiction relapse or escalation.
  • The many letdowns of the holidays play a part in our mood and in how we respond to feelings of loss or disappointment.
  • Reminders of past poor holidays or of recent losses that are felt more deeply at the holidays can cause greater sadness, especially as “family and joy” are expectations.
  • The significantly increased access to alcohol and partying during the holiday season—a spirited season for the spirits to flow—can break down willpower and create excuses for abuse.

A gift means sacrificing something of your own to give someone else something of value. The best and most profound gift addicts can give to themselves and to those around them is healthy living. This comes through making a sacrifice of the time and effort necessary for treatment—doing the work necessary to achieve one’s God-given potential.”

Christian addiction treatment integrates the powerful gift of Jesus into the powerful gift of sobriety, because Jesus has the power to heal the broken-hearted and to set the captives free. Jesus came that we may have life and have life abundantly, but not material abundance or abundant in years, but psychological abundance in true peace, joy, fulfillment and contentment.

The addict doesn’t possess true peace, joy and fulfillment, but desires and needs them. Christian addiction treatment is where the first psychiatrist, Jesus, and modern science combine to bring healing to the broken-hearted and freedom to those enslaved by addictions.

The most effective help will incorporate God into the healing process to bring lasting healing and transformation. Commit today to stop the madness. Your present living is costing you so much that it really isn’t that much of a sacrifice to try life God’s way. We can help you find the place to start your journey to freedom and peace.

 

karl-benzio-1Dr. Karl Benzio MD, Christian Psychiatrist, writer, speaker, media guest expert, social issue activist, and the founder and clinical director of Lighthouse Network. Benzio brings scientific expertise and biblical principles together to examine common daily struggles and help people successfully navigate life’s storms. His experiences include teaching pastors, ministry leaders and students about counseling, leadership, parenting, marriage, and conflict resolution skills in traumatized areas like Uganda, Kenya and post-Hussein Iraq. He is currently a member of Focus on the Family’s Physicians Resource Council, the Pennsylvania Director of the American Academy of Medical Ethics, and serves on many other social policy task forces. His specialties include adolescents, addictions, decision-making and infusing spirituality into treatment. Benzio shares psycho-spiritual insights via his Stepping Stones daily devotional, on his one-minute daily radio feature “Life Change with Dr. Karl,” on 425 Christian radio stations and on iDisciple.org.

Email: KBenzio@LighthouseNetwork.org

Twitter: @drkarlb