Ephesians 6:12 We Wrestle not with fresh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rules of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wichedness in high places.
There is a war but it is not against people. But against the unseen spiritual evil forces that Satan rules. Even with addiction it is true. I am not treating what my flesh wants; I am treating want my soul wants. When I treated the addictions just focusing on my flesh, I was hurting myself and readying myself to hurt Edward.
Give the heart a longing for God. Keep the heart clear of sinful thoughts. This is a way out of addiction.