Addiction is a mental outlook struggle; it touches God’s very image and also the depths of a person’s soul.
A great and noble King’s land was once terrorised by a crafty dragon. This scaly beast ravaged villages with his fiery breath. The villagers were devoured. The King led his sons and knights in battles against this serpent.One day, one of the King’s sons was riding alone in the forest, when he heard his name being called very softly. He saw the dragon’s heavy-lidded eyes on him, his mouth stretched into a friendly smile. The dragon told the prince not to be alarmed, as he is not what the King thinks he is. “What are you, then?” the prince wanted to know.“I am pleasure.” Replied the dragon. “If you ride on my back, you will experience more than you ever imagined. I will not harm you. I need a friend so share flights with me”. The prince hesitantly got off his horse and found a secure seat on the creature’s ridged back. The creature launched them into the sky…The prince was overjoyed.After this first encounter, the prince met the dragon often, but secretly. Nobody knew of his friendship with the enemy. This separated him from those he loved and he longer cared for their concerns. ( like in addiction in the beginning it seams wonderful in the beginning) After a while, the prince had to wear gloves to hide his hardened and rough hands. His legs became calloused from gripping the ridged back of the creature. Later he grew scales on the backs of his hands as well. He realised that he is in deep danger and he resolved not to return to the dragon no more. But having been tortured with desire, he returned to the dragon after a fortnight. This happened many times over. The dragon always waited patiently on him, knowing he will return. (your drug of choice is always there for you)One night the dragon attacked a sleeping village (with the prince on his back).Terrified victims fled from their burning homes whilst others were engulfed in flames. (many are hurt and affected by your addiction)Later the prince crept back to the road outside his father’s castle. When the terrified villagers saw him, they screamed that “He was there – he was on the back of the dragon”. The King’s eyes were full of sorrow and agony as his eyes found the prince’s. The prince fled but the guards caught him and took him to his father, the King. ( in our addiction we always try to duck and dive and hide)People screamed out: “Banish him”, “Burn him alive”. The King rose from his throne, bloodstains on his royal robe. “Take of your gloves and your tunic”, the King said. With shame he did it and when the crowd saw the prince’s thick, scaled skin and the ridge growing on his spine, sounds of revulsion could be heard. The prince expected a back-handed blow from his father. Instead, his father embraced him. The King wept as he held the prince tightly. The King asked his son if he wanted to be freed of the dragon. The prince answered in despair that he would, with all his heart but that there is no hope for him! ( if you want to be free from your addiction you need to admit your need)“Yes”, said the King. “You can’t win against the dragon alone”. “But Father”, replied his son, “I am half beast, I am no longer your son”. His father replied. My graciousness has been stamped deep within your soul and my blood runs in your veins”. The King then said to his people that the dragon is crafty. Some fall victim to his deceit and some to his violence. If they want to be freed, the King will have mercy on them. He asked all who had ridden with the dragon to come forward.Many people, weeping, come forward. Even the Prince’s brother, who had been highly-praised throughout the kingdom for his battles against the dragon. ( many more people are trapped in addiction but are in hiding )The King embraced them all. “This is our most powerful weapon against the creature”, he said. “TRUTH. NO MORE HIDDEN FLIGHTS. ALONE WE CANNOT RESIST HIM”…. ( we need to accept help from others and be transparent if we want win the battle against addiction you cannot overcome addiction on your own)#pornography #addiction #recovery #freedom from addiction #drug #abuse #sober #rehab #