We no longer have to carry the ball and chain of addiction around with us. Our lives begin to be freed up from the life that we were once bound to. We think we can let our guard down. However, just like a tremor that follows an earthquake, our body makes one more effort to control us.
It throws a tantrum like you have not seen in a long time. You never saw it coming. You thought you were free at last. This is like a child’s last attempt to get their way from their parent. When the parent says “no” again the child quickly gives up because it knows the parent is committed to not giving in.
You need to be aware of this tremor that comes out of nowhere. When you expect it you will not be surprised by it and will be able to say “no” one more time. The habit loses its energy to get you to give in to it because it now has seen your show of strength. It knows your confidence in yourself has gone up. You will now trust in yourself. You body cannot win anymore.
There is a scripture in the Bible that pertains to withdrawal from addictions. It says, “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” (1 Peter 4:1NASU).
To overcome an addiction there is a suffering that must take place. That suffering is the gateway to freedom. Once we go through the suffering we can have the peace that comes with the victory of overcoming our vices. Just remember that the child will eventually stop throwing tantrums if the parent will only hold their ground and not give in to the child.