Anybody else have an substance abuse addicted friend, family member who turned to god, religion to help them stay sober? Sadly, she, like many others, 'found god' when she was her very bottom and it appears her new-found religious beliefs are helping her stay clean. I am close to her (we've weathered her hard times in the past) and in order for us to stay current with one another, we peruse our Facebook happenings. She posts daily about how god and jesus are great and how life is wonderful now that god 'showed her the way'. She goes to NA meetings daily and NA conventions etc. All I can do not to vomit while reading her posts praising god and how 'he' pulled her out of her darkness. I'm glad that my friend has found something that works for her and I support her sobriety (I am a non-drinker by choice)- I saw her in her terrible, addicted past. I am trying to overlook her god rantings. I know she's an free-thinker who would prefer to utilize an alternative to AA, NA tho'- there is no other option here in smalltown AZ. AA/NA is a cult mentality itself so I see how it partners with god, church etc.
It never ceases to amaze me how easily people get hooked. All it took for her was an AA friend recommending a church (it's a cult, independent church)- course all churches are cult-like. Then the church 'welcoming' committee made sure she felt like she was part of their church family and now my friend's whole family is going there PLUS her rich parents write the church checks for various 'needs' (a tool shed needed; plumbing needed to be fixed; missionary work costs etc etc etc). Of course, my friend is made to feel guilty for not tithing the correct %.
It seems churches prey upon (look for) weak-minded people who are of the group mentality or who feel the need to fit into mainstream society's trust of religious christians. people who are down-n-out but who might can bring $$'s to their church later on.
Sadly, I see my friend's posts of how she 'battles satan's temptations' such as friends who are negative; business situations that are challenging; familial dysfunction. When I speak to her, I do not discuss religion and I try to stay positive. I wonder if there will come a day when her religion, church, god tells her to disconnect from friends (aka Me!) who are not 'saved/christian'. Wonder if I'll get a formal 'Buh-Bye' or the subtle no return of phone calls or emails. This has happened to me before when friends, family get uber-religious and don't understand my point of view.