Simple prayers invite God to bless and heal one who struggles with alcohol addiction and his or her family.

It’s never easy to stop drinking. Those who try and their families need all the help they can get. The following prayers — prayer to stop drinking, prayer for family of alcohol addicted, blessing for being sober, and thanksgiving for recovery from alcohol addiction — invite God into the alcoholic’s journey through healing and recovery.

Prayer to Stop Drinking

For one addicted to alcohol, nothing is more difficult than to live life without alcohol. The following prayer offers a short, powerful prayer asking for God’s intervention: “God, help! I want to drink, and I can’t stop. Please hold my hand and keep me from taking that first drink. Amen.”

This prayer may be said when someone’s fighting a desire to drink, no matter what stage in the recovery process he/she may be in. A concerned family or friend might also say this prayer for an alcohol addicted loved one.

Prayer for Family of Alcohol Addicted


Alcohol addiction affects everyone in a family, as caring for the person addicted becomes the family’s focus. The following prayer asks God to comfort and guide the family of an alcoholic:

“God of power and might, be with us as [insert family member’s name] struggles with alcohol addiction. You know, O Lord, how hard it is for us, as we’re all being dragged down. Guide us and be with us, that we might not turn on each other but instead reach out to You for hope. Please bless us and keep us. Amen.”

One may also share this prayer on behalf of a family struggling with alcohol addition and pray for individual members of that family, too, that God might grant them strength.

Blessing for Being Sober

Every day without alcohol is a gift for one who is addicted. The following prayer blesses the sober alcoholic, that he/she may continue to find healing and peace without alcohol:

“Loving God, thank you for healing [insert person’s name] and for [insert time sober] without alcohol. Please bless and keep him/her, that he/she may resist the next drink and keep resisting it. Remind [insert person’s name] that he/she is Your beloved child, with whom You are well pleased. Amen.”

One might offer this blessing after the person completes a treatment program or to celebrate any amount of time without alcohol.

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Recovery from alcohol addiction is truly a reason to celebrate, for the newly sober, and for everyone who loves and supports him or her. The following prayer offers God thanks for healing from alcohol addiction:

“Loving God, thank you for the gift of new life after the fear of addiction. With Your help, [insert person’s name] has walked from darkness into light, from addiction into recovery. Thank you for everyone who has supported and loved [insert person’s name] during this difficult journey, [insert names of family, friends, and other supporters if desired.] May You continue to bless [insert person’s name] and heal him/her on the road of recovery, and always. Amen.”

A family or other group of supporters might offer this prayer in honor of the person in recovery, or he/she might offer it for himself/herself for continued strength and to celebrate God’s work in the recovery.

Alcohol addiction is a struggle for everyone involved. With prayer, however, no religious individual will struggle with alcohol addiction alone.