The Bible can be the biggest source of help and encouragement during recovery. I know it was for me. Here are 25 Bible verses to help with addiction and recovery (though there are so many, many I could have used!).
One of the biggest benefits of being sober is renewing my relationship with Him. I spend more time in the Word, praying, listening. He prompted me to start this ministry and I’m in daily conversation with Him about where He wants me to go with it.
I wanted to share some Bible verses that helped me in those early days. The first days of sobriety can be lonely and scary and very unfamiliar. There may be days of sickness and despair. A old life is being left behind and a new life is forming. The whole process can be overwhelming. I found healing and beauty in the Bible during those days. I still do.
When I’m hurting, I find comfort. When I’m weary, I find rest. When I’m scared, I find strength. When I’m hopeless, I find hope. When I feel lost, I find a light. When I’m lonely, I find Him.
The Bible is full of goodness and help almost anywhere you turn. These are the verses that particularly touched me.
Most of these verses are from the NIV translation but a few are from King James because I just love them in that version. The 23rd Psalm will forever be the King James version in my mind.
25 Bible Verses To Help With Addiction And Recovery (+1 all-time favorite)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold your with my righteous right hand.
1 Corinthians 10:13-14
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.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with your wherever you go.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
1 John 1:8-9
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.
I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in faith, because you know the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the LORD hath promised to them that love him.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (An All-Time Favorite)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Nothing you have done is unforgivable. God already knows it all and loves you still. He loves me still. Let go of the shame. Let go of the guilt. Let go of the unworthiness. You are His precious child and He wants nothing more than for you to come to Him and be with Him fully.
Find forgiveness and rest. Find love. Find grace. It’s all right there waiting for you. Open your heart and let it in.
Do you have verses that have helped you with addiction and recovery? I’d love for you to share them in the comments.