15 Bible Verses To Help With Addiction

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Whether the addiction is alcohol, drugs or sexual, God offers help in His Word to break free of the addiction. Some verses in the Bible give warnings as to why you should abstain from certain sins while other verses give encouragement that an addiction can be overcome.

15 Comforting Scriptures To Help With Addiction

Proverbs 6:26-29 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.”

Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”

Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

you shall be free indeed

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

James 1:12-15 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

James 4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Christian Quotes for Overcoming

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.” ~ Bernard Edmonds

“God has equipped you to handle difficult things. In fact, He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow!” ~ Joyce Meyer

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles one has overcome trying to succeed.” ~ Booker T. Washington

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara ever turned light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

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david February 22, 2016 at 6:08 am

recently i started betting and i feel happy when i win and really sad when i loose.i feel it is wrong for me as a christian to continue with this habit. can u advice please.


scot siems June 9, 2016 at 5:22 am

I am interested in starting a bible study at my church about Christ and addictions and Christ as the only one who can do it.


Becka November 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

Try looking into Celebrate Recovery 🙂


Jack Wellman November 8, 2017 at 10:08 am

I agree Becka. Celebrate Recovery have classes in a nearby town and yes, I highly recommend them too. Thank you.


h October 4, 2016 at 4:00 am

Hi I would like to read these 15 verses but the adverts on here have made it v to navigaimpossible very difficult to navigate the page on a smartly phone.


Jenn January 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm

I am an addict. I have been to NA and it just doesn’t work for me because they have rules against me talking about God or quoting a verse from the bible. They prefer for me to say Higher Power and not God for I may offend someone who doesn’t believe in God. I’d like to start a meeting on my own where it is God based. Only God can set us free from our addictions. I wouldn’t even know where to start.


Jack Wellman January 29, 2017 at 7:52 pm

I would speak with your pastor and be honest with him. He may know of some groups that already exist, but if not, I would consider starting one. That may be why God had you go thru this. I can’t tell you where to start either but start with trusting in Christ and He will take you to the right place or the right door. I will pray for you Jenn.


Danny September 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Hello Jenn
I just came across your message, and I can understand completely. I also went through the same thing I now attend a group Celebrate Recovery It is a Christ centered 12 step group you can google it and see if they meet in your area I now have been involved in CR for 10 years. I also take it into prison and jails.
I hope this was helpful to you.


Marcy Asvestas February 4, 2017 at 10:09 am

Hello Jenn,
I have no choice but to speak on my son’s behalf because he is incarcerated; but he has been looking for a Christian penpal that understands the battle of sobriety and after reading your comment ,..maybe you can start your ‘meetings’ this way? My email address is [email protected]. I can send you pictures of him, photos of letters he’s written about his struggle on the inside and how he encourages his friends on the outside- Being incarcerated is like locking you in a drug store, so he has alot of insight on reaching out to the Lord daily and fighting to stay sober. I just believe you would be the type of pen pal he is looking for. Thank you and thank you for your time and understanding. Please contact me and I will give you his address. God bless you and I will start praying for you too! God bless, Marcy


Lee February 18, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Jenn, The Salvation Army will help you and is Christian based. They helped my nephew get off a horrible Meth addiction.


Jack Wellman February 18, 2017 at 6:41 pm

Thank you Lee. The Salvation Army comes highly recommended Jenn. I totally agree with Lee’s suggestion. Thank you sir.


Michael February 21, 2017 at 2:51 am

Hi Marcy I just wanted to say there a ton of churches and spiritual and or religious groups that go to most prisons and jails helping with addiction of all sorts I’m not sure where he is but it would not be hard to look into it, if he’s serious about sobriety spirituality is so important having a higher power what ever it may be to him is key! Trust me I know I am also an addict in recovery been to jails and rehabs and until I found Jesus I was lost. Don’t get me wrong its still a struggle every damn day but with god its gotten so much easier letting someone else take the wheel makes things a little bit smoother, and even crazier the other posts about the salvation army, honestly that’s where I began to open myself to the holy ghost I didn’t have any faith when I first went there and although i didn’t finish the program they are an awesome program they definitely planted the seed for me personally but anyways enough rambling hope everything works out for u and everyone who is open to god or a higher power of there understanding!


John March 29, 2017 at 5:12 am

Thank you for this article. I am an addict and a Christian and I had begun to doubt the latter as I wonder how it is possible to continue in this sin and have salvation. This has helped me and I will continue to pray and seek Him on this.


Lashon Marshall July 31, 2017 at 4:47 am

To anyone who is seeking help for any kind of addiction rather it’s drugs, alcohol, sex etc. THE FIRST STEP TO GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED IS TO CONFRONT YOURSELF. ADMIT, COME CLEAN, FACE THE TRUTH, that you have a problem. THEN SURRENDER IT ALL TO GOD. YOU HAVE TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE SEEK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED. ONLY GOD CAN AND WILL DELIVER YOU, BUT ONLY IF YOU WANT IT. I KNOW HE WILL DO IT, BECAUSE TODAY I AM 5 YEARS CLEAN PRAISE GOD!!! Be honest with him my sister/my brother. Tell him all about it, ask him to help you, I’m a witness that HE WILL DELIVER YOU. AMEN!! I WILL BE PRAYING MUCH FOR YOU.


juliya September 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Please Pray for my son Jerald he is struggling to come out of drug addiction.


Ben June 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Reading this as a Christian with an addiction has given me real hope.
I know God can deliver me from addiction but like anything I have to want it!
As with almost addictions, mine stems from some things that I never really dealt with and if I’m honest, never really gave to the Lord and asked him to help me – perhaps pride, perhaps shame. But somebody said to me recently unprompted, “don’t let the devil make you feel unworthy to approach god – know that god knows you are unworthy but still wants you to approach him – that’s salvation!”
Now I don’t consider that I’ve lost my faith or my salvation but I know that I need god to rid me of this addiction – I will continue to pray believing he can and will.
God bless you all


Jack Wellman June 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm

wow Ben. So encouraging. May God bless you too sir and thank you for your edifying words.


Jennifer November 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Your son should feel so proud! That cannot be easy, getting & staying sober while locked up. Kudos to him. That is no small fete.



Jack Wellman November 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Amen Jennifer. I am with you. Thanks for encouraging Marcy.


Sheree Ellison November 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm

I’m here to only wish to stop drinking but need a little encouragement .I’m not a heavy drinker but still needs prayer.


Jack Wellman November 13, 2017 at 8:38 am

I will pray for you Sheree…but please call your pastor and ask others to pray for you in your church, even if its unspoken needs as we’re commanded to do (Heb 10:24-25).


Riches Monday July 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm

Thank you so much for this post. I’M really blessed


Dale July 10, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Very good article, but why quote Joyce Meyers? Her quote is not any more Biblical than her being a pastor is


Jack Wellman July 10, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Hello Dale. I see your point sir. She is not qualified to be a pastor, for sure.


TERRY BROWN August 28, 2021 at 11:45 am

Dale there is only one Judge n it’s not anyone of us. Joyce Meyers can quote/say or be anything or anyone she wants between her and God. Yes we can have our own opinions of others but do be careful cuz we will answer for what we say not of God!! Blessings to u!


Jack Wellman August 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Hello Terry. The Bible teaches us to expose such false teachers so Christians will not be deceived. She and you can have your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own truth. Michelle Lesley does an excellent job showing exactly why you and others should avoid such apostate leaders: https://michellelesley.com/tag/joyce-meyer-false-prophet/ and that the Bible teaches we are to expose them, not “judge anyone.” Your idea of judging if flawed.


Lynn September 10, 2019 at 9:09 pm

I am an addict,would you please pray for God to give me the strength to overcome this addiction,I want to be free from that life I want to do Gods will and to serve him.


Jack Wellman September 10, 2019 at 9:27 pm

I am praying now. Please read this for some real help Lynn. Click on this link: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/


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Ryan February 26, 2020 at 4:34 am

I have struggled and battled with addiction my entire life. One thing I have come to see is that when I am weak He is strong. I must always remain humble and know that my victory is only in Him. This article was great. Matter of fact you have many great articles. I too struggle with attending any type of 12 step group just because it is mixing the wisdom of God with the wisdom of man. I have learned that as long as I am plugged into my church , committed to service and seeking the Lord daily I have victory. May God bless you all.


Jack Wellman February 26, 2020 at 9:11 am

Hello Ryan. Thank you sir. There is so much godly wisdom in what you wrote sir. Thank you so much. Love the line about serving your church, committed to serving and seeking the Lord daily. Wow.


Peace May 7, 2020 at 7:08 am

Please help me pray for my brother Samuel, he has been struggling with the addiction of smoking marijuana and brought too many shames to my family. We have prayed as a family, believed God for His intervention over the matter and almost every year the challenge kept reoccurring. Right now he is in police custody now for the same challenge. Any time he takes marijuana, the next thing he will do is to go to Facebook and begin to post all manner, posts that needs not to be seen or heard publicly. In fact, we are tired of the challenge. Please join us pray that God will utterly destroy the addiction and the spirits behind completely and my brother will be free and serve God well. I was just browsing on the Internet looking for article for solution to the addiction that I came in contact with your article. I love. Am blessed and equipped as l read through. Thanks and may God bless you.


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