If you are a prodigal and you are reading this post you need to know that a prodigal state is not one that God has meant for you to stay stuck in. Actually, He never meant you to venture down that path in the first place, but just because you have does not mean it is where you are to remain; and should you feel down upon yourself to the point that you feel you can’t get out of whatever situation you are in,you need to not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help with either a counselor, a minister, a close friend/family member and definitely to your Heavenly Father who sees and knows all through prayer.
"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time." (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)
I speak from personal experience, so I know, dear prodigal. I opened a door that I had no idea what lay behind it. There were all kinds of warnings that should have made me back off, but I chose to disregard those warnings, curiosity and maybe even a sense that I could handle it got the best of me and once I opened that door, I was spiritually not strong enough to close it. Actually, I could have walked away at any time but I chose not to.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Part of recovering from a prodigal period is taking full responsibility for your actions.
Often time the problem is that we can’t forgive our own self and we continuously beat ourselves up by going over and over what we’ve done. Rehashing it, dissecting it, or self-abusing ourselves with something we need to learn from, put behind us and move on. You need to do this because once you have become an ex-prodigal, you realize that you are really not a prodigal at all, you are a child of God, one that is growing, learning and realizing that it is only the grace, love, mercy and forgiveness of God (in other words the covering of the blood of Jesus) that allows you to enter into a relationship with God at all. You are not under the condemnation of the Old Testament, but you are covered by the precious blood of Jesus and under the New Covenant - grace.