Describe:

Ask the counselee “How can I help you today?”

Dream:

Ask the counselee: “Suppose if God, in his infinite wisdom and ability, came to you tonight and removed your addiction from your life, what would your life be like?”

Decide:

Ask the counselee: “What would God want you to do about your addiction?”

Provide some biblical insight into what God would want them to do:

Proverbs 20:1     Proverbs 23:20     Galatians 5:21     Ephesians 5:18

1 Corinthians 6:12     1 Peter 5:8    Romans 13:1-5

1 Corinthians 6:15-20

From these passages, the obvious conclusion is that God does not intend for us to abuse our bodies or come under the control of any substance.  The addict need to confess his/her addiction and make a decision to repent from it.

Do:

In putting together a plan of action for a person addicted to substances, the pastor should take into consideration the following:

  1. The expectation should not be that the addict recover on his own.  The addict will need a support network in order to move from where he/she is to where he/she needs to be.
  2. In this case, the pastor need to assist the addict in moving onto the road to recover, but will most likely need to refer to a trusted Christian substance abuse center.
  3. The addict will need to make some tough life choices, if he/she makes he decision they really want to be free from addiction.  They will need the love, support, and patience of their church family.

Resource:  McDowell, Josh.  Handbook on Counseling Youth:  A Comprehensive Guide for Equipping Youth Workers, Pastors, Teachers, and Parents.  (Dallas:  Word Publishing, 1996), p. 389-421)