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11/15/17 at 03:32 PM 0 Comments

Dan Manson Works to Give Hope to the Addicted

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drug addiction and hope for cure

America has been waging a war on drugs for decades. Drug addiction is an issue that has touched the lives of people from coast to coast, and the Christian community has been no exception. We all know the comfort that comes from our faith when we or our families face a crisis. Unfortunately, faith alone won't always shield us from temptation. As we are taught by 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV):

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.

Becoming addicted is not indicative of some character flaw or a lack of morality, it is simply a part of the human condition. It can happen to anyone, no matter how faithful or virtuous they may be. It's the second part of the verse that offers hope to the addicted. God knows that all of his children will face temptation, and his love is the means for us to overcome it. To be able to recover, an addict must heal spiritually as well as physically.

Treat the Soul, Not the Symptoms

There's already a place that has realized this truth and is putting it into action to help the afflicted. Elevate Addiction Services has developed a holistic approach to recovery that treats the whole patient, and not just their addiction. This approach stems from the experience of Dan Manson, Elevate's CEO. Dan says that

In my experience, addiction is always the 'solution' for a deeper problem. It could be as deep as an abusive childhood where one never felt love or self-worth, or it could be a fear of leading a boring, inconsequential life.

The causes of addiction are often more related to our spiritual needs than our physical ones. Facing feelings of inadequacy or life's traumas is a prerequisite to permanent addiction recovery. To do so, Elevate offers a nurturing environment that provides support for every patient's emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. It is only then that real healing can begin.

Finding a Purpose

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) tells us "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." While we may not know what God's purpose is for us, it's important that we find our own. This is the key to an addiction-free life. Be it faith, work, or philanthropy, it's our purpose that gives us fulfillment. It provides strength to overcome obstacles and find lasting happiness.

You can be sober and miserable. What we do is help people find their passion for life, so they want to be sober,

says Dan Manson, referring to Elevate's mission. It's a clarity of purpose that makes the treatment a long-term success. It echoes God's message, which Christians should already know well.

Learning to Live Again

While the path to recovery for the addicted may be long and difficult, it's not one without hope. Building a strong foundation of faith and healing through holistic recovery techniques is a way forward for anyone struggling with addiction.

There are people, like Dan Manson, who seek to be a light in the darkness for those in need of help. If you or someone you know is reaching out to free themselves from an addiction, remind them that recovery is indeed possible. It isn't always easy, but as we're taught in Romans 5:3-5 (NIV):

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.

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