Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
In some ways this is just supporting what we often tell people who are looking for excitement about how exciting it is to be a part of Christ’s family. However, I think it goes a bit far to accuse God and Christ of being addictive substance and that following our God is somehow an overwhelming addiction comparable to seeking relief from the pain of this earth into a misguided, evil practice of blowing one’s mind with chemicals.