woman w:issueThis story of a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years can give addicts insight into the requirements of healing. Her struggle sounds very similar to the progressive disease of addiction. She had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. When she heard of Jesus, she traveled to where he was and fought through the press to touch His garment. She said, If I may touch but His clothes, I shall be whole. And we know that she was.

Like this woman, addicts have long suffered. They have tried many solutions and have expended great effort, but are unable to find relief. Things grow worse, because it is a progressive disease. They might follow this woman’s example. Find where the Savior is and travel there no matter how far or difficult the journey. Under the rules of the Law of Moses, this woman’s life and movements were greatly restricted.

In spite of her challenges, she was willing to do whatever it took to find Him.  She perhaps searched for Him, He may not have been nearby.  Most certainly, with great difficulty, she traveled to where He was.  And when she did find Him she fought through the crowd or press to be next to Him. Don’t we often find true closeness with the Savior the most difficult part of the journey? There are so many spiritual distractions to fight through in our daily lives to stand next to Him. Yet, that is the place of healing.

If we can find Him, if we can fight through the press, and be close enough to touch His garment, then He may say of us, Thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

The big Book of AA makes that promise saying:  If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us–sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
(The Big Book)