Your religious beliefs are very important. They are also very individual and personal. I just want you to know that I am not here to put down your beliefs or to try to discredit them.

 

I simply want you to understand that medications and your beliefs can live in harmony. 

 

First, let me state that I too am a religious person. I believe in God and the miracles He performs. But I also believe in the statement that God helps those who help themselves.

 

Through God, everything is possible. However, if you do not do your part, then you make God's part a little difficult! He wants to help you. That is why He has given you the resources to improve your condition and your life. And, yes, one of those resources is medication.

 

I know what you might be thinking. All I need is prayer. And I do believe in the power of prayer. I also think you should continue to make prayer a big part of your treatment program. I just believe that you shouldn't let prayer be your only treatment option. Thinking that prayer without anything else will be what maintains stability for you is like thinking that prayer alone will provide an income for you and/or your family—which we know is not true.

 

God put you on this earth for a reason. Don't you believe that He wanted you to make a difference with the life that He gave you? How are you supposed to fulfill His plan if you are too sick to function?

 

God wants you to take your medication. He wants you to take the steps necessary to ensure a long, healthy, important life.

 

Please, before you decide to stop taking medication, think about what you have read here. Discuss what you have learned here with your pastor, minister or other religious leader. Take a moment to contemplate God's true plan.

 

Whatever you do, do not stop taking your medications before you have had a chance to thoroughly think it through.

 

If you are still struggling with the decision, talk to your doctor or therapist and explain your dilemma. With their help, you should be able to come up with a plan that incorporates both your religious beliefs and your medical need for medications.