A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions

A Forty Lesson Biblical Journey in Recovery

Christian - Devotion/Study
286 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2021
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Author Biography

Michael Dixon has served as a senior pastor and biblical counselor since 1991. Set free from addiction to drugs and alcohol in 1988, Pastor Dixon has had a burden to reach those struggling where he himself once struggled. This led to the founding of LIFE Ministries, a 501c3 nonprofit, in 2017. This 40 week curriculum is the actual worktext that is used in the LIFE program. Pastor Dixon shares his own struggles, and most importantly, the way of deliverance that he discovered through faith in Christ and obedience to God's truth. God has the answers we need for change to be realized!

Pastor Dixon holds two undergraduate degrees form Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA as well as a Master of Divinity with Biblical Counseling degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist-A through the governing board of N.C. He resides in Winterville, N.C. with his wife Melissa.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions by Michael R. Dixon is a Bible study to help those who suffer from addiction. Dixon knows first hand about alcohol and drug abuse and writes these chapters out of love and concern for others fighting the same issues as he fought. Dixon is now a pastor in North Carolina and, as well as serving, helps others in his area. L.I.F.E., Living In Freedom every day is based on God's promises of abundant life. Many have found hope and freedom in the pages of these 40 chapters of help with their addiction.

This study is set up for 40 weeks. Each week deals with a different topic, starting with Living Abundantly to Addictions: Dead and Buried to Snap, Crackle, Pop, and on to Jesus Our Deliverer. I have gone through many Bible studies in my lifetime, and I found this to be one of the better ones. I haven't been through any studies about drug use or alcoholism, but I know people who have. And I can tell you that I believe this study can change your life. There are so many scriptures in this book with lots of explanations to help you understand.

I like that after each week's study there is a heartfelt, thoughtful activity to do which will reinforce what you have studied for that week. There is no way I can touch on a fraction of what is in the study, but to sum it up, if you or someone you know is suffering from drugs or alcohol or any other addiction, you desperately need A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions. You will find the unconditional love God has for each of us. He loves you and He will set you free if you will let him.

Vincent Dublado

L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Ministries: A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions offers hope and discipline for those who are struggling in their way out of addiction. Author and senior pastor Michael R. Dixon brings his years of experience as a counselor and licensed clinical addiction specialist. This book is pretty straightforward in its counseling approach, drawing on the teachings of the Bible based on God’s promise as stated in John 10:10. It is a forty-lesson course that seeks to apply six basic truths to our lives. Interwoven in these lessons are core beliefs pertaining to biblical teachings to help strengthen your motivation to achieve the optimum effect of this coursebook. You can choose to work on these lessons independently or with a group.

Given that it has become hardwired into our system, addiction is a serious malady that, without intervention, can deplete one’s well-being and ability to function in society. Dixon discusses the power of the Holy Trinity as well as biblical tales and he applies how it relates to your own situation. This devotional study appeals to your spiritual aspect in overcoming your addiction. As the main goal of L.I.F.E. Ministries is to help you understand what God says about your struggles, it then provides assurance through that age-old adage that God has the answer. As a Christ-centered addiction recovery ministry, the L.I.F.E. program that started in 2017 continues to help men and women to free themselves from the shackles of addiction. For the skeptic, this coursebook may not work. On the other hand, if this book has provided a miracle to others, then it is worth a try if you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the burden of addiction.

Mamta Madhavan

L.I.F.E. Ministries: A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions by Michael R. Dixon is a profound and thought-provoking book with good insights for readers with the help of forty biblical lessons. Readers will be inspired to discipline themselves with the help of these forty lessons and they can be assured of victory through faith in Christ and obedience to God's word. L.I.F.E. means Living In Freedom every day and the L.I.F.E. curriculum is a good one to stay focused and grounded by pointing out the truth of Christ. The book also stresses the importance of listening to and heeding God's word and reiterates the power and presence of God in everybody's lives.

The author's approach to the topic of overcoming addictions using forty lessons from the Bible is unique and different and gives readers a new perspective on how to effect transformation with the help of Christ. The book has exercises, quotes from Scriptures, assignments, and real stories and experiences that will help readers connect well with what the author is trying to convey through his L.I.F.E. program; that is understanding what God has to say about their struggles and how only God can set them free. The 6 Basic Truths Necessary for Life will come in handy for readers who want to reflect on themselves and repent and surrender to the Lord. The author's addiction problem has also been shared in the book and he speaks about how this curriculum can be used to work through and save their loved ones.

Edith Wairimu

A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions by Michael R. Dixon is an empowering step-by-step addiction recovery workbook that uses biblical teachings to help addicts break free from addiction. It is based on the principle that God provides answers for deliverance and offers a new, abundant life as expressed in the scriptural passage in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Organized into forty lessons, it explores multiple topics. The first lesson explains God’s desire for people to thrive not just survive. The second week continues the topic of living abundantly. It studies the critical elements of abundant life. Other lessons study various relevant topics including examining oneself, anger, forgiveness, understanding and defeating temptation, moving forward from the past, and many more.

Michael R. Dixon’s story of years spent battling with drugs and alcohol coupled with multiple testimonies from other people who have battled or been affected by addiction, give credit to the lessons he shares. The work’s style is direct and compassionate. It does not trivialize the impact of addiction on the addict and the people in their lives but shows that there is hope. It searches the Bible and includes numerous passages and teachings relevant to each topic. The underlying theme of God’s ability and willingness to deliver someone from addiction is encouraging and offers hope for achieving freedom. A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions is also effectively organized into specific weekly lessons that explore one topic at a time. Its interior design also sets apart testimonies and scriptural teachings significant to the book’s content. Prayers, exercises, and questions help actualize the lessons it contains while the quotes, illustrations, and stories it includes make it engaging. This is an essential work about breaking the hold of addiction through practicing and living out biblical lessons.

Irene Valentine

In A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions, Michael Dixon's 40 Lesson Biblical Journey in Recovery offers hope, encouragement, and direction to living in freedom every day. The number forty in the Bible often signifies important time periods of testing. Like that of Jesus in the wilderness, Moses leading the Hebrews in the desert, and the forty days of rain during Noah's life causing the great flood. Michael addresses the pain of addiction and accompanying brokenness with compassion and humility. The account of his own life woven into the journey, with the stories of others, is encouraging. He recalls the pain he caused those he loved. And how he yearned to change, yet was powerless to do. Desiring a better life for his family, for their financial wellbeing, or for his physical and mental health just wasn't enough. He realized he needed salvation and a power greater than his own in order to change. Dealing with this weighty subject, his book is well laid out in simple font, with sufficient white space for the reader's reflections and notes. Dixon reminds us of God's unfailing love and includes many powerful promises taken from the Bible. He exposes the common lies. 'It's your life', 'it isn’t hurting anyone', and 'you can stop whenever you want to…'

Michael Dixon's A Biblical Approach to Overcoming Addictions can take 40 days or 40 weeks. He includes group study guidelines. Dixon emphasizes the importance of support for accountability, preferably a Christian church community. I liked his practical approach and tools like the alphabetized thanksgiving list. Also God's promises in the Bible in answer to specific destructive self-talk thoughts. When Jesus referred to the heart, He is including your thought processes, your priorities, your belief system, and your core values. Working through Michael Dixon's 40 lessons can help you equip yourself to think and believe right, and renew your mind with God’s truth to overcome addiction. Maybe you have not faced drugs or addiction; I haven't. Even so, Michael Dixon's Biblical Approach to overcoming Addictions will give you insight into the distractions of modern life, which can become addictive. It will also help you understand what others face.