Spiritual Practice


Christina Spaeth, 19

Within a month, two young men, both about eighteen, accidentally killed themselves. One was under the influence of heavy hallucinogens. The other had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 and had been smoking marijuana as well. One of those boys was my cousin.

Christina 215414_3468684887795_440039318_nI have seen not only two young lives ruined because of addiction but also the consequences for their families and friends. When my cousin died, I felt depression, anger, and guilt; but most of all, I felt determination. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I have experienced because of addiction.

If you are struggling with an addiction, know that it is not your fault. You are not stupid, lazy, or weak. You are strong. You can beat addiction; you can overcome it. But you can’t do it on your own. Please talk to a trusted adult and get help. Most of all, ask for God’s help. With God, all things are possible. Trust God and the people you ask for help to lead you on the path to recovery.


“Clean up your act—the way you live, the things you do—so I can make my home with you in this place.”
Jeremiah 7:3b (The Message)

 Maybe you think you’re only hurting yourself, but addiction hurts everyone in your life. Make a list of the people who love you. Turn to one of them for help.


Photo courtesy of Christina Spaeth (Connor, 2nd from left)

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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