Alcohol, drugs and even food can become an idol in a person’s life. An idol is anything more important than God. The addiction can become all consuming.
1. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before (besides) me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. Deuteronomy 5:6-10 Exodus 20:2-4
The Bible specifically condemns alcoholism and gluttony, which are addictive.
2. Who has Woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt! They beat me, but I don’t feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?” Proverbs 23:29-35
3. But now I (Paul) am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. I Corinthians 5:11
4. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
5. Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. Proverbs 23:20-21
6. Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. Proverbs 20:1
The following are prayers for various physical, emotional and psychological conditions, mainly associated with addiction. Do not neglect the other topics in this study if you have addiction issues because they will also help you in your quest for freedom. (Some of these issues may also be dealt with medically.)
General Introductory Prayer: Father, I repent for having the idol of drugs/alcohol/food etc. in my life. I ask for forgiveness and cleansing for not having You as the Lord of my life, and I now choose You as my Lord as well as my Savior. Please help me as I battle the addictions that have consumed me, and guide me as to what I must do to be free. In Jesus' name, amen.
Prayer #1: If you became addicted to drugs or alcohol out of rebellion to parents or other authority figures because you wanted to run your own life, say: Lord, I repent and ask for forgiveness for the sin of rebellion. I choose to submit to those in authority over me, including pastors, bosses or parents, and listen to their wisdom and advice. I choose to obey any authority figure unless obeying would be against the Word of God.
Prayer #2: If you feel depressed and never feel happy or joyful, even when positive events occur, or if you desire stimulating drugs such as cocaine, morphine, heroin or amphetamines just to feel normal, say: I command that any unnatural conditions in my body, soul, or spirit that came about through inheritance or that are the result of drug or alcohol abuse or toxins be healed. I command my body to produce normal hormone levels, especially dopamine, serotoin and norepinephrine. I ask that the joy of the Lord fill me now.
Prayer #3: If you felt a strong emotional shift at puberty or menopause, say: I command my hormones to be in balance, along with normal electrical and magnetic activity in my body, especially in my brain.
Prayer #4: If you feel a strong need to calm down because you are so hyper, if you are taking prescription tranquilizers, if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, if you have had insomnia or panic attacks, or if you have been diagnosed with ADHD, pay particular attention to the “Fear” topic. Say: Lord, I repent for having fear and not trusting You. I command that any unnatural conditions in my body, soul, or spirit that came about through inheritance or that are the result of drug or alcohol abuse or toxins be healed. I command that the abnormal release of adrenalin stop and that any areas of overactive brain activity return to normal and have normal hormone levels, including normal histamine levels. I ask that the peace of God that passes all understanding come on me now (John 14:27).
Prayer #5: If you have strong guilt and condemnation for doing what you did to get money for drugs, or whatever you did to get drugs, or if you feel condemned for using drugs, say: I repent and ask for forgiveness for all the lies and the people I betrayed to get and use drugs. Please forgive me and cleanse me, Lord, and take away the guilt and shame. The Bible says that there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), and I claim that now. Help me to know that You have forgiven me, so that the enemy cannot use guilt and condemnation to pull me back into using drugs again.
Prayer #6: If you have been badly mistreated, especially when you were a child, and have never felt safe all your life, pay particular attention to the “Fear,” “Forgiveness,” Bitter-Root Judgment” and “Who We Are” topics, and come against trauma. Say: I command that my oversupply of adrenalin return to normal levels. I command that any areas of overactive brain activity return to normal, and that I have normal hormone levels, including normal histamine levels. I ask that the peace of God that passes all understanding come on me now (John 14:27).
Spiritual Bonds: Especially if you have been addicted to drugs, you will need to break the connections that you have had with all former drug dealers and “friends” with whom you did drugs. You will also need to break ties to pain clinics, physicians and former places where you did drugs, and the needles and other drug paraphernalia that you used. Go through this prayer as many times as necessary, using your authority, and say this for each person/place individually. Try to identify each person and place specifically, putting the name in the blank. Say: In the name of Jesus, I break all spiritual, emotional and psychological ties or bonds between me and _______ or between _______ and me. This relationship that I had will no longer influence or affect me, and it will no longer have the power to draw me back into using drugs. I bind any demons associated with drug use and order them to leave.
Negative Words: Father, bring to my mind the negative words that have been spoken over me, especially associated with drug addiction, and also the negative words that I have spoken about myself. (For each instance that the Lord brings up, say that you renounce and break the power of the words and cancel their effect on your life. Be specific, saying what the words were.) I refuse to believe that these negative words are the truth. I say that what the Bible says about me is the truth. I also break the power of any negative words spoken that I am not aware of, specifically including any curses. I also order any demons associated with any of these negative words to leave. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Body Memories: Body memories associated with drug addiction/alcoholism need to be dealt with very thoroughly. Ask the Lord to bring to your mind specific incidences of both pleasurable and negative body memories that you need to address. You will probably need to go through these prayers many times dealing with specific instances, and then pray in general for other body memories dealing with addiction or alcoholism. Say: I command my body to release the pleasurable body memories associated with ________. I command my body to release the negative body memories associated with ________. I command my body to let go of the negative body memories related to withdrawal when ________. I order my (body/body part) to let go of this memory and not be affected by it any more. I ask the Holy Spirit to erase all memories of pleasure, pain, fear, anger or withdrawal that are not necessary for me to remember. I apply the blood of Jesus and the love and peace of God to these wounds for healing. I declare that I will not be influenced any more by these events.
General Closing Prayer: (You will probably need to pray this prayer a number of times.) Father, in the name of Jesus I command my body and soul to let go of their desires for drugs/alcohol and any other improper desires of any kind, whether the desires are physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, true or false. I say that my body and soul will not crave drugs/alcohol any more. I ask the Holy Spirit to remove the triggers for drug/alcohol abuse that are visual or verbal, and also the triggers that are smells. I command all the electrical and magnetic frequencies in my body to return to normal harmony and balance, especially in my brain. I command all prions to dissolve and be discarded from my body. I command my body to produce normal hormone levels, including normal histamine, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenalin. I command the pH balance of my body to be normal. I curse any harmful organisms or microorganisms in my body, especially in my intestines. I ask for wisdom about what to eat and drink so that my body will have the nutrients that it needs to be healthy. I ask for a cleansing of my liver and kidneys so they can efficiently remove toxins from my body, with extra help in times of detoxification. I ask for healing of any damage that the drugs/alcohol have done, especially to my liver, kidneys and brain. I command my body to return to the weight that it is supposed to have. I come against any demonic spirits that are influencing me in this area, and I cancel satan’s assignment on my life. Lord, I ask You to cleanse and heal my body and my soul; my mind, will and emotions. Thank you Lord for the work You are doing in my life. Thank You for setting me free from addiction. In Jesus’ name, amen.