***Mary Student 1*** According to Laaser (2004), regarding the chapter Sexual Addiction and Sin, addiction is an escape from feelings. Anything that becomes an addiction is essentially an out from everyday life whether it be drug, alcohol, gambling, or sex addiction. To assess one’s addiction, you would put the patient through a series of questions such as a screening and assessment according to Presentation: Screening and Assessing Addictive Disorders.
The World Health Organization offers free assessments for people struggling with alcohol, smoking, and substance abuse according to the presentation. The test documents the patient’s usage throughout their life, legal, health, social and financial problems, their desire to use, and how often has the patient failed at getting help with their disease. The assessment also pulls information from their support system in order to determine whether they have tried to intervene or not. According to Van Wormer & Davis, (2018), addiction is our loss of control over behavior or substance.
In my opinion when asked how do I think people with addiction change, they tend to lie and cover up their addiction. That is a huge flaw in one’s character when they flat out lie to their friends and family. A Christian approach versus a secular one is usually met with prayer, guidance, and patience. A secular approach is met with medications on an already addictive person. In Corinthians 10:13-14, you are reminded that “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. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” God will never allow you to take on more than you can handle.