Addiction is a deep-seated form of idolatry. The objects of our addictions become our false gods. These are what we worship, instead of love Addiction, then, displaces and supplants God’s love as the source and object of our deepest true desire.
A “god” is that which guides and determines our behavior. So alcohol, or materialism, or people-pleasing (or any other addictive behavior) can function as our “god.” In order to be free from the power of these lesser, destructive gods, we need to be reconciled to the one true God (as Step Three shows us). In the passage we are studying, Paul describes how we are freed from the power of these principalities and make alive again by the free and wonderful gift of God. This is exactly what we want to happen to us in regard to our addictive behavior.
- Understanding the Twelve Steps (georgehach.wordpress.com)