Investing in Recovery or Contributing to Addiction?

Desert Sky


They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved.

They spoke against God saying,

“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?

He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed.

Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?


Therefore, when the LORD heard;

he was full of wrath,

a fire was kindled against Jacob;

his anger rose against Israel,

because they did not believe in God

and did not trust his saving power.  

(Psalm 78:18-22, English Standard Version)


The past 2 weeks, I’ve been consumed trying to faithfully respond to a friend battling addiction.  She is in a desperate state, in need of many things – spiritually, emotionally, relationally, and financially.

Because of some legal issues, she is currently in need of a rather large sum of money to retain a lawyer this week.  She has family members willing to invest in her recovery, yet who are determined not to contribute to her addiction.

My friend is in a spiritual desert, like the children of Israel, demanding what she craves and not surrendering gratefully to the Lord who constantly provides all we need.  She demands what she craves and is not willing to invest herself in confessing her sin or taking even the first step toward rebuilding relationships broken by her behavior.

Understand, she comes by this honestly.  She comes from a family of addicts who nearly all have turned to drugs – some legal, some not; some prescribed, some not – to run from reality and hide from pain.  She has learned over the course of her life to lie, cheat, and steal in order to avoid being held accountable.  No, she is not alone.  “All we, like sheep, have gone astray.”  (Isaiah 53:6, ESV)

The challenge for those of us who love her is to confessionally confront her – admitting our own self-destructive sins while pointing out to her her own (that we so well recognize).

My question for prayer this week is this –


How do we invest in recovery and not contribute to addiction?


Please join me in this prayer and I would appreciate any insights you receive.

(image above “Desert Sky” from Christine Kysely in Sunset Silhouettes)

2 thoughts on “Investing in Recovery or Contributing to Addiction?

  1. I’m not sure Tony. It’s a hard to know what to do – especially if it’s a case of assisting financially. My friend was asked by a lady in the street for some money to buy milk and bread for her children. My friend offered to take the woman to the store and buy her a heap of groceries not just milk and bread and then drive her home. The woman said no, she wanted to buy the bread and milk herself. My friend refused to give her the money. I think all you can do is pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and be led by Him. Continuing to pray for you and your friend.

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