Novena prayer for drug addiction

Substance abuse and addiction have become a very common thing in this bad economy. Many people are turning to drugs and alcohol to escape the reality of life’s pressures. For some this is a very serious situation that quickly becomes an issue of addiction and dependency. While ultimately the best treatment for such conditions is professional help, a rehab facility or a recovery program like Alcoholics Anonymous, these individuals can also be helped on a spiritual level to keep them strong and focused on their sobriety. Below I present a few spells that you can do to help conquer alcoholism, drug addiction and other addictive behaviors. (Again, these are NOT a substitution for professional help – please contact a local chapter of A.A., N.A. or speak to your doctor for assistance.)

Novenas for Strength in RecoveryBecause you can’t “make” someone be sober, the battle to conquer addictions is ultimately a solo, uphill struggle. You can’t perform a controlling spell to make someone stop smoking, drinking or taking drugs – but you can give them the spiritual assistance they need to make the right choices when they are at a crossroads in their recovery. A great way to do this is with continual and focused prayer to specific Catholic saints. Here are two novenas that I’ve had good results.

Novena to Saint Martin of Tours (San Martin Caballero)Saint Martin is often considered the patron saint of alcoholics or reformed alcoholics as well as those who are destitute and needing help. He is typically depicted (to the right) on horseback offering his cloak to a beggar below him. He is called upon for his assistance in desperate times and to help make the right decisions in recovery. His feast day is November 11.

You’ll need:

  • A white glass-encased vigil candle
  • An image of Saint Martin of Tours (you can print one from the internet)
  • Glue
  • Blessing Oil
  • A photo of the addicted person
  • a ceramic saucer or plate

Wipe down the glass-encased candle with some ammonia or Florida Water to clean it of any residue. Using a very thin, light coating of glue, adhere the image of Saint Martin of Tours to the glass. Poke three holes down into the wax from the top using a skewer or other pointed tool. Drip one drop of Blessing Oil in each hole. Place the photo of the addicted individual under the saucer. Hold the candle to your heart and pray with all your heart for the recovery and sobriety of the addicted person, calling their full name aloud. Then hold the candle up to the heavens and pray to God and Saint Martin of Tours to rescue this person in need, assist them in their most desperate time and help them cleanse their life of this addiction. Tap the candle on the table three times to lock in your intention then place it on top of the saucer so that as the candle burns it will bring light to the person whose photo is under it. Light the candle.

Now for the next nine days you’ll pray the following:

Prayer of Saint Martin of Tours:

Dear well-beloved Saint, you were first a soldier like your father.
Converted to the Church, you became a soldier of Christ, a priest and then a Bishop of Tours. Lover of the poor, and model for pagans and Christians alike, protect our soldiers at all times. Make them strong, just, and charitable, always aiming at establishing peace on earth. Amen.

Every day you’ll return to the candle and pray the above prayers. Your candle will extinguish before the 9 days are up, but continue to pray over the glass. You can, optionally, just prepare a second candle and light it off of the first one when you know that it’s going to burn out soon. Those two candles will burn for a cumulative time of about 10-11 days.

Novena to the Venerable Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot is a very powerful spirit to call upon when battling alcoholism. While he is not yet a saint he is one step away from being canonized by the Catholic Church. I’ve had tremendous success with calling upon the assistance of the Venerable Matt Talbot on the behalf of those battling the addiction.

Matt Talbot began working at the age of 12 at a wine bottling facility and that was when his drinking began. He was a severe alcoholic his entire life and at the age of 28 he went to confession and pledged an oath to not drink for three months. A year later he renewed his pledge and never touched alcohol again for the rest of his life (41 years). He dedicated his life to prayer, daily mass and penitence. He died in 1925 of a severe heart attack and news of his holiness spread quickly. A formal decree of his virtues was on October 3, 1975.

Similar to the novena to Saint Martin of Tours, a novena can be prayed to the Venerable Matt Talbot for assistance in overcoming alcoholism. Here’s a great working you can do to help your loved ones who are battling the disease.

You’ll need:

  • a blue glass-encased vigil candle
  • an icon of the Venerable Matt Talbot (Seen to the right)
  • glue
  • a bottle of Holy Oil
  • a packet of Evil BEGONE! Powder
  • a photo of the person struggling with alcoholism
  • a saucer or plate

First clean the candle by wiping down the glass with some ammonia or Florida Water to remove any residue. Then using a very thin, light layer of glue, stick the image of the icon on the front of the glass-encased candle. Poke three holes down into the wax from the top of the candle and into each hole drip one drop of Holy Oil. Put a little pinch of Evil BEGONE! Powder in the top of the candle, and set it aside.

Taking the person’s photo, put a pinch of Evil BEGONE! Powder over their face. Then fold the photo in half away from you. Turn it one-quarter turn counter-clockwise and fold it in half away from you again. Repeat this one last time for a total of three folds. Place the folded photo under the plate. Holding the candle to your heart, pray with all your might for the person who is battling alcoholism. Call out to the Venerable Matt Talbot to help this person overcome the demons he faces and for his mind to be illuminated and his heart to be strong in the face of adversity. Hold the candle up toward the heavens and ask God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to bless your prayer and make it happen. Then tap the candle three times on your table to seal in the prayer, and place it on top of the plate. Light the candle.

Now for the next nine days you’ll pray the following:

  1. One recitation of The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)
  2. 10 recitations of the Hail Mary
  3. One recitation of the Glory Be
  4. On recitation of the Prayer for the Addicted (below)
  5. One recitation of The Prayer for the canonization of Venerable Matt Talbot (below)

Prayer for the Addicted: God of mercy, we bless You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, who ministered to all who come to Him. Give Your strength to N., Your servant, bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in Your love and restore him/her to the freedom of God’s children. Lord, look with compassion on all those who have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of Your unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding and a love that perseveres. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the canonization of Venerable Matt Talbot:

Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you have given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Holy Sacrament. May his life of prayer and penance give us courage to take up our crosses and follow in the footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Father, if it be your will that your beloved servant should be glorified by your Church, make known by your heavenly favours the power he enjoys in your sight. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Again, your candle will not last the full 9 days. You can prepare a second one and light it off of the first one, or simple use only one candle and continue your prayers even though the light is not lit. At the end of the working, take the folded photo of the person battling addiction and deposit it at a church door to bring that person to God. You can also put a pinch of

Evil BEGONE! Powder

in the person’s hat or shoes to help them overcome their addiction beyond the work of the novena.

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novena prayer for drug addiction

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Traditional St. Maximilian Kolbe Novena Prayers:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “greater love than this no man has that a man lay down his life for his friends,”
through the intercession of St. Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech you to grant us our petitions . . .

(state your intentions here)

Through the Militia Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of unselfish love for all men – a love that was inspired by true devotion to Mary.

Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we too may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellowman in imitation of your humble servant, Maximilian. Amen.

Hail Mary…
Hail Mary…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…


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by Emma (Germany)

Lord, you as our creator, we trust in your name so we call for your help day and night. I have so many fears day and night, deep in my soul I cry every second of my life because of lost my son due to his extreme drug addiction for many years.I pity him a lot. If i could only embrace and tell him how much I really love and care for him as a mother,yet now he wouln’t understand it.

Lord,you know how I feel every moment I think of my son.I didn’t realise that the world can be so cruel to me as he choses drugs more than anything else in this world.I have always tried to mold him to become good boy yet things turned differently as I imagined.I hurts a lot to see my son being sick physically and mentally.

I will never stop begging for your help and for those parents who are suffering the same problem as I have.Abide us in those hard moments.Amen.

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St Maximilian Kolbe is the Patron of Families, Drug Addicts, Prisoners, Journalists, and the pro-life movement.
Feast Day: August 14


St Maximilian was born Raimund Kolbe in 1894 of a Polish mother and a German father.
In 1914 his father was hanged by the Russian army after fighting for an independent Poland. As a child, St Maximilian had a vision of the Blessed Virgin who offered him the crown of purity or the crown of martyrdom. He chose both.

He first wanted to join the army, but entered the novitiate of the Franciscans in Rome where he took the name Maximilian Maria.
After his ordination he founded a “village” of religious dedicated to Mary Immaculate and a small religious newspaper which became hugely influential in Poland. In 1930 he and four companions went to Japan where they worked for six years. St Maximilian suffered from poor health, particularly from tuberculosis, all the time he was there but did not think of giving up.

Soon after his return to Poland, the country was invaded by the Nazis and he was arrested, and was eventually sent to Auschwitz. He ministered to his fellow prisoners before finally offering his life in exchange for that of a married man who was one of then prisoners sentenced to be locked up and left to starve to death.
Fr Maximilian encouraged the other prisoners in his death cell, and announced the Gospel even as they all starved to death.
Finally only he was left alive and was murdered by lethal injection, accepting death with peace.

Dear St Maximilian, when still a child you entrusted your future to the Mother of God and accepted the crowns of purity and martyrdom.
Help us to learn to be generous with our lives in the service of God.
We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Dear St Maximilian, you had a great love of the military and thought of joining the army but instead began the Militia Immaculata to work for the conversion of sinners.
We remember all those who serve in the armed forces and their families.
We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Dear St Maximilian, you began a small religious newspaper which led to an upsurge of faith amongst your countrymen.
May we too realise that nothing we do is too small for God to use. We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Dear St Maximilian, you had such a zeal for the proclamation of the Gospel that you went to Japan with no money and no word of the language and what you built is now the centre of the Franciscan province there.
May we share in your zeal to announce the Good News through our words and our lives.
We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Dear St Maximilian, when the Nazis had invaded your country and you were under suspicion you said, “No one in the world can change truth”.
May we hold firm to the one who is the Truth, Jesus Christ. We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

Dear St Maximilian, in prison you were asked whether you believed in Christ and were beaten every time you said you did.
You persevered in your witness. May we still hold fast to Christ even in suffering or pain, and if we are persecuted for that belief may we have the courage not to desert him. We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Dear St Maximilian, even when you were sent to Auschwitz you did not abandon your vocation as priest.
Although you were beaten almost to death you still heard confessions and spoke of Christ’s love.
We ask you to give us something of your conviction and courage in the face of the sufferings of our lives.
We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Dear St Maximilian, when a fellow prisoner was sentenced to death by starvation you volunteered to take his place: to die so that he had a chance of life.
May we always remember the words of our Lord, “he who loses his life for my sake shall find it” and give us the courage to lose our lives in whatever way is asked of us. We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Dear St Maximilian, because you were killed by an injection of carbolic acid, you are the patron of drug users.
We pray for all those who suffer this terrible addiction and for their families.
May they have the courage and help they need to turn their lives around.
We pray especially for (mention your request).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.


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