12 Principles To Overcoming Addiction


Greetings and welcome to Pure Word’s Web site to view excerpts of the Principle Studies we use to facilitate a one-on-one discipleship relationship. These help build sensitivity to our need for sobriety** in all areas of life, not just in the specific areas of our struggles. These are called Principles because they are something that we must put into practice as Christians during our walk in Christ.

Sobriety** is defined as living life within its natural set of limitations. Everything has limitations. Remember, as you practice life in your sobriety through grace you become better and better. You become well and you begin to mature. You begin to experience balance in all of life’s areas. You find new freedom from your submission and surrender to Jesus. You become a new creature in Christ. Your sobriety grows from the simple knowledge of it, to wisdom in it; from wisdom in it, to living a life of understanding through it. You become teachable, humble, meek, and contrite in heart and spirit. It becomes your total way of life. It is experiencing a healing, to be without fear, developing wholeness, and becoming well in all areas of life. It is having a life free from fear and filled with hope for the future.

Sobriety must always be an action. It cannot be allowed to become only a "state of being!" Sobriety embraces change. Change is not something to be afraid of, but is intrinsic to sobriety. It should be grabbed with gusto and looked upon as an opportunity for good. Sobriety causes a maturing and growing up; it causes our character and actions to mellow. The principles will show us that we are now new creations in Christ.

Steps on the other hand are often thought of as something that can be attempted, worked on, completed, and forgotten. They often develop pride within us because we naturally think that we have conquered or completed them on our own when we complete the entire 12.

In truth, there is only one step that we can take that will save us from the addictions, fear, bondage, and sin that we all suffer from. We don’t want to project a false idea or security that misrepresents the message of the Gospel. The only way to receive the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is to come to our senses, recognize that we are sinners and in need of a Savior, and humble ourselves before a most Holy God. After this we are enabled to repent of our sins and ask Him to forgive us and to come into our hearts by faith. All of this occurs because of God’s wonderful Grace."For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" Ephesians 2:8-9. "But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" Titus 3:4-7.

Paul told us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling and these Principles represent this as an ongoing process of sanctification that is birthed within our hearts and manifested through our actions. We are enabled to continue this process through the power of His Spirit, mercy, and love. It is ushered in through grace and we are kept through the power of His Word.

We pray that these Principles will be a small help to you in your walk and endeavor as you persevere to please the One who has saved you and gives you the awesome gift of sobriety day by day.

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