Bible help for drug addicts

The Bible is never silent on any social problem. The Bible speaks loud and clear to all drug addicts. It exposes his heart – diagnoses his problem – pinpoints his predicament- and offers a positive, lifetime solution – and motivates and prepares him for a new life. While the experts argue and the researchers punch the IBM cards with conflicting statistics and solutions, the Bible offers a sound, direct and simple answer that never changes.

The Bible refers to drugs and its usage as sorceries or witchcraft. This is taken from the Greek word pharmakon meaning drug.

There are over 200 Bible verses that deal directly with the addict and his problem. The Teen Challenge Staff has listed here only a few. These we call “THE SELF STARTER VERSES” and “BIBLE MOTIVATORS”


The following verses in particular:

Verse 4 (NKJV)
“Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength.”

Verse 9 (NKJV)
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body!

Verse 10 (NKJV) For my life is spent with grief, And my years with sighing; My strength fails because of my iniquity, And my bones waste away.

Verse 11 (NKJV)  I am a reproach among all my enemies, But especially among my neighbors, And am repulsive to my acquaintances; Those who see me outside flee from me.


Psalms 9:12 (MSG)
How he tracks down killers yet keeps his eye on us, registers every whimper and moan.

Psalms 72:14 (NKJV)
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight.


Psalms 7:13 (NKJV)
He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.


Proverbs 26:11 (NKJV)
As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.

Proverbs 5:22 (NKJV)
His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.

Psalms 10:4 (NKJV)
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.


Psalms 10:6 (NKJV)
He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.”

Psalms 10:11 (NKJV)
He has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.”

Proverbs 19:3 (NKJV)
The foolishness of a man twists his way, And his heart frets against the Lord.

Proverbs 19:15 (NKJV)
Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 6:18 (NKJV)
A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,

Psalms 73:14 (NKJV)
For all day long I have been plagued And chastened every morning.

Psalms 69:2 (NKJV)
I sink in deep mire, Where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, Where the floods overflow me.

Proverbs 26:12 (NKJV)
12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Proverbs 28:13 (NKJV)
He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.

Proverbs 29:1 (NKJV)
He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Psalms 77:2 (NKJV)
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.


Psalms 69:5 (NKJV)
O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You.

Psalms 44:15 (NKJV)
My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me,

Psalms 51:9 (NKJV)
Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

Psalms 35:10 (NKJV)
All my bones shall say, “Lord, who is like You, Delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, Yes, the poor and the needy from him who plunders him?”

Psalms 55:23 (NKJV)
But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; But I will trust in You.

Psalms 56:9 (NKJV)
When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.

Psalms 56:11 (NKJV)
In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalms 56:13 (NKJV)
For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?

Psalms 34:6 (NKJV)
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.

Psalms 49:15 (NKJV)
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, For He shall receive me. Selah

Psalms 55:18 (NKJV)
He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me, For there were many against me.

Psalms 71:1 (NKJV)
In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.

Psalms 69:17 (NKJV)
And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; Hear me speedily.

Psalms 34:4 (NKJV)
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 73:24 (NKJV)
You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.

Psalms 73:26 (NKJV)
My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalms 77:1 (NKJV)
To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. I cried out to God with my voice– To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.

Psalms 71:20 (NKJV)
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

Psalms 71:2 (NKJV)
Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; Incline Your ear to me, and save me.

Psalms 71:3 (NKJV)
Be my strong refuge, To which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.

Psalms 86:7 (NKJV)
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.

Psalms 108:12 (NKJV)
Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless.

Psalms 116:6 (NKJV)
The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

Psalms 116:8 (NKJV)
For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling.

Psalms 119:45 (NKJV)
And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.

Psalms 118:6 (NKJV)
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Psalms 118:8 (NKJV)
 It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.

Psalms 118:17 (NKJV)
I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord.

Psalms 119:9 (NKJV)
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.

Psalms 119:11 (NKJV)
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

Psalms 119:29 (NKJV)
Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.

Psalms 86:15 (NKJV)
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.

Psalms 50:15 (NKJV)
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

Proverbs 19:23 (NKJV)
The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

©Global Teen Challenge

This post is from a Teen Challenge publication I have had stored for quite some time. I tried to find the original document online to link to but was unable. See below for a link to Global Teen Challenge.

This POST is part of a wider collection to show the journey that would eventually lead me to the cross of Jesus Christ, my personal redemption, and my journey of faith afterward. If you would like to know more about my story, please click on my “About” page and take it from there.

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