Welcome To New Hope For Addiction

There is no doubt that addiction is epidemic in our culture and world, and it is only getting worse. Virtually everyone reading this site is either working with people in addiction or someone who is personally struggling with some kind of addiction or has a relative, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who is. How to get help or give help that works is the challenge. I have been actively working with people struggling with addiction for over 14 years, and it is very common to see people who sincerely want to change, go through various quality programs, but have relapses time after time This website is designed to present a Biblical model to understand and overcome addiction. It is not meant to replace the many fine Christian programs that are out there.  This site will provide an understanding of the theology exposing the issues of the sin nature which feed addictive lifestyles, and the process of transformation which Christ provides. But the goal is not just abstract theology, but to present practical insights from God's word that will enable people to deal with the underlying issues of addiction.

I just did an interview that was listed on YouTube and Facebook on addiction. Here it is

Psalm 16:11  You make known to me the path of life;  in your presence there is fullness of joy;  at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 
When we separate the experience of pleasure from a relationship with God, we open the doorway to unhealthy pleasure, addiction, and all kinds of dysfunction.

Two engines power addiction: Desire and Pain1.
 
"And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." Galatians 5:24
"For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various desires and pleasures...." Titus 3:3
"They, having cast aside pain, have given themselves up to sensuality.... Ephesians 4:19 (my translation)

Desire focused on raw pleasure pulls us into addiction.
Seeking expression of and/or relief from various kinds of Pain drives us to addiction and keeps us there.

In addiction, people try to solve their feelings, not the problems causing the feelings.
God created us with the capacity for pleasure and joy so we could appreciate and enjoy his magnificence. Any time we separate pleasure from a relationship with God, we engage in all kinds of pleasures without healthy boundaries and open the door to addiction and all kinds of dysfunction.

The Goals Of This Site Are:
    Present a Biblical model for understanding and overcoming addiction.
    Equip people to assist those who are struggling with addictions (Pastors: lots of good exegetical fuel for sermons!)
    Help people overcome addictions through the power of Jesus Christ.

This site offers a Biblical integration of the concept of addiction with the concepts of sin and the sin nature, salvation, and maturity. 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.

Through the Biblical insights of this site people learn how to:

Visit Healthy Highs
Live Happy and
Resolve Hurts

 

Crucial to overcoming addiction is
    Learn how to resolve painful feelings and their causes in healthy ways,
    Establish spiritual and mental well-being - shalom/homeostasis/serenity.
    Develop healthy engagement of pleasure and joy
 
Shalom is a Hebrew word generally 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
Relational

The pages of this site will show how to:
  • Experience New Life Through Jesus Christ
  • Reconciliation With God And Others
  • Be Transformed In Our Lifestyle Through Being Renewed In Our Mind.
  • Understand How To Replace Guilt, Shame And Fear With An Understanding Of 
    • Our New Identity In Christ, 
    • A Godly Sense Of Self Worth, And 
    • Competency In Christ.
  • Develop Realistic And Biblical Beliefs Concerning 
    • Ourself, 
    • Morality, 
    • Pleasure, And 
    • Lifestyle Wisdom.
  • Appropriate Holy Spirit Empowerment For Godly Character And Self-Control
  • Learn Practical Skills For Resolving And Managing the many different kinds of anguish we experience in the 6 areas of Shalom
  • Discover Healthy Patterns And Skills For Deep Joy In God, In Life, And Relationships.

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.

Note: Unless otherwise noted in this website, “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

 for fulller presentation see under Navigation: A Biblical Approach to Understanding Addiction and The Flesh, Mind, and Spirit.