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The devotion of a person to something, whether sin in general or food, alcohol or wealth in particular, so as to become dependent upon it. A person will never be satisfied in such a state of slavery. The answer to addiction is self-control through the resources of the new life in Christ.

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Addiction is the consequence of sin

2 Peter 2:19 ESV
19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.
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Addiction to food, alcohol or drugs is to become dependent upon them

Philippians 3:18–19 ESV
18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
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Addiction to wealth is to be controlled by it

Mark 10:21–22 ESV
21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
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Addiction never satisfies

Addiction to sinful habits does not satisfy

Romans 6:20–21 ESV
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

Addiction to food, alcohol or drugs does not satisfy

Ecclesiastes 6:7 ESV
7 All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.
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Addiction to wealth does not satisfy

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV
10 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
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The answer to addiction: self-control through the new life in Christ

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