When we separate the experience of pleasure from a relationship with God, we open the doorway to addiction and all kinds of dysfunction.
Getting 'High' is a Gift from God, But...
Two engines power addiction: Desire and Pain.
"And those who are in Christ have crucified the flesh with its pains 1 and desires" Galatians 5:24
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various desires and pleasures.... Titus 3:3
Desire focused on raw pleasure pulls us into addiction.
Pain also drives us to addiction and keeps us there.
In addiction, people solve their feelings, not the problems causing the feelings.
The Goals Of This Site Are:
Present a Biblical model for understanding and overcoming addiction.
Equip Christians to assist those who are struggling with addictions
Help people overcome addictions through the power of Jesus Christ.
This site offers a theology integrating the concept of addiction with the doctrine of sin and the sin nature, salvation, and sanctification. It discusses what healthy looks like. It describes what healthy highs are, what distinguishes healthy highs from addictive highs. and explains how to experience joy in a consistent and godly manner. You will find solid Biblical study, insights from science and the recovery movement, and practical experience from being in the trenches with addicts.
People learn how to:
Visit Healthy Highs
Live Happy and
Crucial to overcoming addiction is
Learn how to resolve pain,
Establish spiritual and mental well-being - shalom/homeostasis/serenity.
Develop healthy engagement of pleasure and joy
Shalom is a Hebrew word translated 'peace'. However, it is much broader than what we usually think of by the word peace; it encompasses well-being of the total person. This site presents a Christian perspective to attain freedom from addiction through shalom. This model deals with six areas of our lives where we can experience pain, wellbeing, and healthy highs: spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, circumstantial, and relational.
This site is still under construction. If you are interested in further information on any of the content, or would like to offer feedback contact me, John Ault at:
I am also available for speaking engagements and workshops.
1 While most translations use 'passions', 14 of 16 occurrences of this word in the New Testament translate it suffering or pain. Understanding the word as meaning "pain" is consistent with the context and usage in the Greek world of that time.