I’m not sure how else I would describe this other than a parable. Parables are inerrant though so forgive me if I make a mistake. This addiction parable came to me in the middle of the night. Here we go.
You opened up a business. Refer to the business as addiction itself: whatever it may be. Each customer represents a tempting demonic thought to provide a service to that specific customer. You receive a payment of fleshly satisfaction. The tempting thought customer leaves. Each day you are visited by these customers paying them services to go away. You start to rack up this currency of temporary satisfaction that is spent the moment you receive it. You remain empty which compels you to keep the business running to satisfy your customers. You end up devoting your whole life to this business even though it offers you nothing that lasts. Even when you feel guilty, your customers get impatient and start antagonizing you to hurry up and pay them and they won’t stop bothering you until they do. You can tell the temptations to leave you alone that day and close the store down because of your guilt. However, new customers will come by the next day since you are still in business.
This gives us a picture of how this cycle continues on and on in people suffering from addiction. People that commit offenses such as drunkenness, fornication, lust, etc go from occasional customers to BUSINESS OWNERS. The only way to stop it is to burn it to the ground which takes all of the spiritual fortitude possible. That is only accomplished through salvation in Jesus Christ first and secondly through a devotion to following the Word by praying, worshiping, and reading daily. I find this quote to be appropriate to end this post: Addiction is the only prison where the lock is on the inside of the door and you possess the key
1 Corinthians 10:13-14 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.