The first step in battling addiction is admitting that there may be a problem. This is an act of courage that many will avoid. In the brokenness of addiction, there is often a sense that we are alone, or abandoned. Eventually, addiction will result in complete loss of relationships. But here is the good news, Jesus does not abandon us in our struggles. He is worthy of our trust, and we can reach out to Him. In the above passage, Jesus tells His disciples to take courage. In spite of inevitable struggles (including addiction), Jesus promises to be with His followers. Through Jesus we can claim peace in the most troubling of times. This starts by reaching out to Him for help.