PRAYER: A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction

(I collect prayers, and I’m especially fond of novenas.  I find them to be a very practical means of organizing thoughts and hopes.  A year or so ago, I was putting together a litany for parents with wayward children.

It was dedicated to a woman who was going through a very bad time with her daughter, a young woman whose life was being slowly ruined because of her addiction to drugs.  I was shocked, and somewhat horrified, when I could not find a prayer concerning addiction, any kind of addiction.  It was as though the church turned its face away from such degradation.  Perhaps there is just too much shame in the idea of addiction to want to actually pray for someone in such trouble.

If that’s the case, then that is the real shame.

I was overjoyed when I finally came across the following novena.  I can’t remember now where I found it, but in finding it I immediately became an ardent fan of Brother Kolbe.)

A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction 

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, your life of love and labor for souls was sacrificed amid the horrors of a concentration camp and hastened to its end by an injection of a deadly drug.

Look with compassion upon (NAME OF PERSON) who is now entrapped in addiction to drugs/alcohol and whom I now recommend to your powerful intercession.  Having offered your own life to preserve that of a family man, I turn to you with trust, confident that you will understand and help.

Obtain for me the grace never to withhold my love and understanding, or to fail in persevering prayer that the enslaving bonds of addiction may be broken and that full health may be restored to him, whom I love.

I will never cease to be grateful to God who has helped me and heard your prayer for me.


25 thoughts on “PRAYER: A Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe for the Grace to be Freed from Addiction

  1. Impressive blog. I was just reading Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning again after I read it in the 80s. I will be in touch over Max Kolbe.


    • please pray for my daughter hayley fighting to be freed from herion she is in treatment i need her to to stay for the her 3 babies sake please pray for us thank you. AMEN


      • I will pray for Hayley. It is a very difficult road for us parents when our children are caught in such a dangerous and destructive trap.

        Keep praying, and I will pray alongside of you.

        With love, Julia


  2. Thank you so much for finding and sharing this beautiful Novena to Saint Maximilian Kolbe. I am in the same boat with this mother you mentioned above. My one and only son, Earl, is hooked with drugs for some 15 years now. And today is his 29th birthday, same date of the Feast of St. Maximilian. With this novena, I will do the 9-day novena today. I just finished my novena to St. Monica. I never stop praying for my son’s complete healing body and soul. I will keep on waiting for God’s love and mercy to be poured for my son thru the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the angels and saints, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!


    • I prayed this prayer for so many years, it became almost like the Lord’s Prayer to me. I found it amazing that just a few words can make such a difference in our lives, how we approach a problem, a challenge. These days I use the following prayer:

      For the Victims of Addiction

      O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.

      I also prayed a forgiveness prayer for adult children every day, which had a most powerful impact on me, settling my heart every morning, and turning it back to love, instead of concern and impatience.

      May God bless you and your son.

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    • Hi Era: I join you in prayer and in empathy. Thank you for sharing. St. Monica has been a model for me. I am adding this prayer to St. Maximilian Kolbe.


  3. Thank you so much, (now my tears are rolling down on my face) for sharing another beautiful prayer. I will copy this and I will share this with so many parents who are facing and carrying heavy loads because of their children’s addiction of every kind.
    God bless you always!


  4. St. Maximilian, I come to you with a broken and aching heart. My husband is battling an addiction. We have 5 children and we are also in this battle. Please pray for my husband and our family. He has had so much heart break, abandonment and neglect throughout his youth, please pray for the healing of his broken heart. Ask our most loving Jesus to fill his heart with love. Let him see how great and powerful our Dear Lord is. Ask our loving Jesus to help me love more,to be more patient so that I can teach my family to love each other, and most of all to love our Heavenly Father, his loving Son and the Holy Spirit. May God bless this broken family and all those who are lost, may they find the love they are looking for in Jesus Christ. Thank you St. Maximilian for your prayers and your sacrifice may we learn to be more like you. In God’s name. Amen


    • I prayed this prayer for years for my daughter. She is now happily in school, studying to be an art therapist. She went through a lot, but she managed to come through it all. When I told that I was proud of her, she was so surprised. And I told her, You could be doing this now, or in ten years, or in twenty.

      I found it very, very difficult to find a novena for drug-addiction. And was very relieved when I found one, and most especially one associated with Brother Kolbe.


  5. WIth this Novena, i put my father, Charles Fredrick, in God’s hands through the intercession of st Maximilian Kolbe, Dad is in rehabilitation centre right now, for alchol and smoke abuse, that his internal organs were starting to completely get damaged, he was so abusive and ungrateful to life. May God Heal him both physically and spiritually, May God provide us with the funds and ways of getting money to ensure we meet all the hospital bills up to when he will be discharged as he walks out of hospital a very honourable man. God hear us


  6. Please pray with us for my cousin Lyle; he is battling alcohol and drug addiction. His mom is fighting for his life with much prayers . We are all affected by my cousin’s addictions. I am not sure if tough love is the answer because I feel horrible for telling him that he is no longer welcomed into our lives and home until he sobers up. As a single parent, I need to protect my teenaged son and our home from Lyle’s influence. My husband died as a result of his alcohol addiction when our son was very young. I know the devastation of addictions because I used to be entrapped in alcohol addiction myself. Very recently, I had to take a strong stand and tell my cousin he cannot stay in our home anymore when he comes to town because our lives become disrupted by his dysfunction. I feel bad because Lyle already has enough hurt from childhood truama and abandonment issues – I feel like I added to it. However, I am tired from doing all I possibly can to help my cousin sober up. Please pray with us for my cousin to become stronger than his addictions. He is also the father of an 8 month old daughter. Thank you.


    • Lisa, I am profoundly honored that you shared your story with me, and asked me to pray for your blessed cousin. I will do so, nightly.

      We can doubt ourselves if we use the word, no, to those we love. But there are different meanings of the word. Sometimes it is used to cause heartbreak, but other times it is used to say, I love you.

      I acknowledge you for finding the ways you need to take care of all those in your family.

      Love, Julia


    • I understand how your cousin’s presence disrupts your home, i understand you had to push him away for your family’s sake. On the other hand, I think you may be right, that by doing so, you have damaged him more (although i pray otherwise). I also think that it could be a blessing in disguise (only when you are ready) if you call him, let him know you truly love and care for him, and if you feel sorry for hurting him, I think it would be helpful for him to know. And if you feel like you want to help him recover, let him know that. This is the time when the family needs to unite. This is the best time to never leave him. This is the time he needs you the most.
      I have included mentioned above in my prayer of self-healing. May God bless us all.❤


  7. Oh my goodness, thanks for publishing this article. I need this for all my three daughters who are overtaken and lost to Satan’s drug poisoning addiction. I will pray this prayer and share it. Thank you.


    • You are welcome.

      I found myself facing this issue with my daughter a few years ago now. And I was very discouraged when I could not find a novena for alcohol or drug abuse. And was so relieved that I found this one. It gave me a rock to lean on every night when I prayed it.

      It gave me the strength to dry my tears so I could drive down to the psychiatric hospital where she landed because of her drug abuse.

      It gave me the balance I needed to look my daughter in the eyes, and be with her as she was arrested for speeding with drugs in the car and deciding to go into rehab.

      It even gave me the nerve to drive all the way to see her at rehab – even though she was so agitated by it all that she didn’t want to see me.

      Keep praying this prayer. Never let go. Never lose your faith, or your love for your daughters, or your commitment to pray for them.

      May God bless you, and watch over your daughters. Amen.


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  9. Hello Julia,
    I just want to say thank you for the Novena to Saint Maximillian Kolbe.I have a daughter who was addicted to pain killers and because of that ended up seriously ill in hospital.I also had been hunting for a Novena for drug addicts and couldn’t find one until I found this one.I said this Novena and one to Our Lady of Hope and and one to The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thank God she has recoverd and is doing very well.Thank You Lord for prayers answered

    Thank you once again and God bless you


    • I remember feeling so heartbroken about feeling there was nothing I could do for my own daughter. And then I found this prayer. And whenever I felt helpless, I prayed. And prayed and prayed. And now she is off drugs and living happily in the world. I will never forget the day that I found this prayer. And what a difference it made in my own life.


  10. please pray for my addiction to prescription pills which is keeping me prisoner. To be free and recovered and renewed and restored to Gods will and perfect plan


    • Diane, may Jesus Christ wrap you in his tender arms, and fill your body with the stillness that it is seeking. Allow him to fill your body with his healing. Accept his love, and mine, and know that we wait for you to find home again. Amen.


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