Every day charges us to face the temptations of the world: money, sex, drugs, power, etc.… And every day we make a choice to have control over these desires or become enslaved to them. Sometimes it takes a little extra encouragement, which is why we pulled this collection of Bible verses about addiction. There are many faith-based recovery programs that rely on such Biblical principles. Whether or not you are religious, we hope you can draw some motivation from these words that were written many years ago, but still hold true today.
Inspiring Bible Verses
1 Corinthians 10:13-14
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
1 Corinthians 3:17
If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
1 Corinthians 6:12
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 John 2:16
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.
1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.
1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
2 Peter 2:19
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
1 James 12-15
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
James 1:1-3 John 1:15
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
"And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!"
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
3 John 16-17
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness."
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is a tough and enduring process. With the support of treatment specialists at qualified drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, the process is easier. While residential inpatient treatment and IOP are helpful tactics for overcoming addiction, things like the utilization of bible verses, recovery quotes, and addiction poems are helpful as well. Other resources can be found at Spiritual Media Blog The most important decision you can make is your decision to stop utilizing your substance of choice, and to start living your life, sober. At Landmark Recovery, our admissions specialists are here to help you with the road to recovery.