Welcome To New Hope For Addiction

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.

Getting 'High' is a Gift from God, But...

God’s Plan


Healthy Highs


Addictive Highs

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 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.

People learn how to:

Visit Healthy Highs
Live Happy and
Resolve Hurts


Crucial to overcoming addiction is
    Learn how to resolve painful feelings in healthy ways,
    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.

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.

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