Who better to help someone dealing with addiction than a person who has also struggled with an addiction and has found victory in their recovery. It would be extremely difficult for someone whose struggle is not codependency to attempt to lead a person who is dealing with codependency through the recovery process. God allowed us to struggle for a purpose. He is repurposing the pain of our past to be used to guide others out of their current pain.
God did not create the pain we experienced. We live in a broken world, and pain is going to be a part of life. God gave us free will and we have used that free will to hurt ourselves and others. Now, we can use that same free will to love God and others. The struggles we endured are now being used to glorify God and to light a path through a dark, hurting world.
Pain also teaches us that we can not go through life relying solely on our own strength. We need Christ to get us through each and every day. We also cannot waste our pain on ourselves. Keeping our pain to ourselves causes us to live outside the light of the Holy Spirit. When we share our pain, we experience healing. We also connect with the people with whom we are sharing. A pain shared is now a wound that is in the process of healing.
Written by Jackell.