I used to work for a Court in South East Michigan… worked there for 14 years… The Court has finely realized and statistics show it…. that this thing called alcoholism is not a disease… it is a lifestyle choice… a person gets up in the morning and make a choice to grab that first drink… it’s not something that they can not control… the court found this out by getting extra tough… tough love as it were… they imposed sanctions that at first seemed cruel and unusual… lock outs on the cars, seeing the probation officer three or four times a week at times not given to the defendant… alcohol tests at all hours of the day and night… extensive outpatient therapy… AA three or four times a week…. stuff like that to help change the life style of the abuser…
We are going to pray that your brother is going to have a change of heart…. that GOD will bring him to the point where he will want to change his lifestyle…. sometimes that Point my brother is very low… but I am sure that you will remain there to help him….
Father God we come to you on behalf of John’s Brother who is concerned that his brother may be falling down a path that will lead to his death… Father we know you will not change the mans mind by a wave of your hand… we know also that you can and will put up sign posts or stumbling blocks that can and do lead to the foot of the throne… to that place where we all have come… the place that brings us to the understanding that you Father are real… that You Love and Care for us… and that you want only that which is good for us…. Father John is one that needs to be guided in this way… for the Glory of your Name we ask that you would guide this man to Your saving Grace… that you will open your arms and receive him… Father John’s brother wants only that which is good for him… not harm… and this is why he brings this request before You…… Father we ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ…….. Amen….
Here is a link to the Celebrate Recovery that Gerald was referring to:
I will be praying for your brother’s healing. In the meantime, I would recommend getting a group of people with you to let your brother know how much your drinking is affecting those around him.. kinda like an intervention. You didn’t say whether he realizes it’s a problem, but I will assume he needs some convincing. Perhaps if he knows how concerned so many people are for him, he would be more willing to seek the help he needs.
He has a long, winding road ahead of him. He can’t do it without Christ.. and he can’t do it without others around him loving him every step of the way.
Your love for your brother makes you an equal part of this fight.. you should do everything you can to help him… even if he hates your prying or feels your always in his business. He needs you to push him in the right direction.
I will keep praying. Please let me know how things go…