We are well aware of the dangers of SOME addictions. It is reported that nearly 12,000 people died in alcohol related traffic deaths: 33,000 in drug overdoses and over 440,000 in smoking related deaths in the U.S. in 2009 alone. The risks are obvious. We get it.
But what about sexual addiction? It’s different . . . isn’t it? How could THIS addiction kill anyone?
Although it may sound melodramatic, sexual addiction is no less damaging to a person than a cancerous tumor or a bad heart. The disease of addiction will ultimately cost you your life, whether literally or by simply commandeering your every waking moment. Experts tell us that 71% of sexual addicts have reported considering suicide as the only hope for getting out of their addictive cycle . . . and sadly, some do eventually go through with it. Many more addicts risk life-threatening disease through affairs, prostitutes and other risky behavior.
But, even those who manage to stay alive physically, are not in the clear. It may not happen today . . . or tomorrow . . . but given enough time, sexual addiction WILL suck the life out of you and ruin your relationships, reputation and maybe even your career in the process. Left unchecked, what started out as intriguing and exciting diversion will eventually turn destructive. Those that have experienced it say that actual death would have most certainly been easier than the aching loneliness and agonizing numbness that little by little replaced what remained of their lives.
God offers us LIFE . . . ALL of us. It’s not too late for you. Reach out to God and others. No matter how far you’ve gone down the wrong road, there are people and a loving God out there that can help you find your way back.
“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him.” — Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Source: Choosing Life; Finding Freedom