Author: Nicole Burnier
I want to pre-empt this article by forewarning you that it’s content can be sensitive for many readers and is based on personal experiences and research.
Next week will mark the one year anniversary of when I found my roommate dead of a heroin overdose in my bathroom. An event that marked my first, but certainly not last, set of supernatural encounters that ultimately led me to the arms of the Lord. After more death, and many more disturbing events, I finally begged the question: is there a relation between drug use and occult behavior?
I spent the past six months seeking answers to this question. What I found time and time again was that many, (not all), of the Lord-loving individuals that I spoke with who had demonic encounters also had either a past of substance abuse or occult activity. One did not have to be accompanied by the other.
My ultimate hypothesis: Excessive use of drugs and alcohol mirrors practicing witchcraft and therefore beckons unwanted spiritual activity.
Hello, this is Jonathan Rovetto, on staff here at GIAN. I just want to welcome a new author to the GIAN news family: Nicole Burnier. The link below is a short testimony from Nicole.
Let’s first look at the definition of a “possession”. I used to be under the impression that you could only be possessed if you were flailing about and foaming at the mouth like those people at the front of televised churches. However, the word “possessed”, when used as an adjective, is defined as being “spurred or moved by a strong feeling, madness or a supernatural power”. You would have a difficult time convincing me that one does not act contrary to their inherent nature after 5 shots of Jack Daniels. The bible warns against drunkenness, and I’m assuming one of the reasons is because it makes us much more likely to engage in sinful activity. Obviously, the same goes for illicit drug use. We need to stop looking at demonic possession as something that is so “in your face”. Anything you put in your body that causes you to act without a sound mind, is inviting something else to operate for you while you’re on auto-pilot.
Next, we need to acknowledge the fact that the bible addresses the “mixing of potions” as being witchcraft. You do not need a boiling cauldron to concoct something that creates unnatural activity or experiences. I once knew someone who used to make crack cocaine by throwing anything he found under his sink together with key narcotics and then “cooking it” in a pot. I’m not sure how much closer to “mixing of potions” you can get than that.
Finally, and to me the most important of this argument, are the documented experiences of what occurs in the aftermath of drug or alcohol abuse. These are known as “withdrawals”. I have yet to have met one recovering addict who has not spent ample time in psychiatric units for illness, hallucinations, or paranoia. Some unfortunate souls are deemed clinically insane and institutionalized for a lifetime.
I’m not saying that we should dismiss the very real medical evidence behind Delirium Tremors, brain damage, psychosis or hallucinations. I’m simply saying that we need to be aware for either ourselves, or our suffering loved ones, that not all withdrawal symptoms are strictly chemical. We need to be able to determine the difference, and I believe that we are equipped to do that.
One way I was told I could differentiate between a hallucination or a spiritual attack was this: “did it go away when you rebuked it?”. Sure enough, the worst of my experiences left the second the blood of Jesus Christ escaped from my lips. I have yet to have had one frightening auditory or visual manifestation remain in my presence when my Lord’s name was brought into the picture.
A second way to validify certain spiritual experiences during withdrawal is to note whether those around you also witnessed the event. There are many encounters I believe to have been real that I do not share with anyone simply because I do not have a second-hand account of the situation. People don’t share hallucinations.
By using these two tactics to differentiate between the real and the imagined, I believe we can conclude that not all encounters during withdrawal are hallucinations, but rather demonic attacks on the user who is trying to rid himself of the stronghold of the spirits of addiction.
I didn’t write this article as an anti-drug campaign, I think my opinion on that matter goes without saying. I’m writing to educate that there is very little difference between occult activity and excessive use of drugs and alcohol. They’re both witchcraft, they both summon another realm. A realm that you don’t want around. Have a good week, brothers and sisters.