Like the slaves after the emancipation proclamation, those who set themselves free from the voluntary slavery of drug addiction have to make a plan for their new- found freedom. They must learn how to adjust to the straight world and stay clean. They must learn how to deal with life on its own terms.
Using legal, shrink prescribed drugs is no way out. Psychotropic drugs just don’t cut it!
“A psychoactive drug, psycho pharmaceutical, or psychotropic is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, consciousness or behavior. These substances may be used medically; recreationally; to purposefully improve performance or alter one’s consciousness; as entheogens; for ritual, spiritual, or shamanic purposes; or for research. Some categories of psychoactive drugs, which have therapeutic value, are prescribed by physicians and other healthcare practitioners. Examples include anesthetics, analgesics, anticonvulsant and antiparkinsonian drugs as well as medications used to treat neuropsychiatric disorders, such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, and stimulant medications. Some psychoactive substances may be used in the detoxification and rehabilitation programs for persons dependent on or addicted to other psychoactive drugs.” -Wikipedia:
On his website, nouthetic.org, Dr. Adams, founder of the Biblical Counseling movement wrote: “The use of psychotropic drugs… inhibits the body from functioning as it should. It is that use of medicine that we deplore. Mood changing drugs affect a person in such a way that the benefits of pain and other unpleasant feelings are not realized. Discomfort was designed to call attention to some underlying problem (organic or non-organic) so that it might be dealt with… What we do deplore is the use of medicine to deal with problems that have no organic cause. We are adverse to masking those difficulties with medicine. For instance, if one’s conscience is troubling him by triggering unpleasant feelings, we think that the solution to the problem is not found in drugs but in dealing with whatever it is that activated the conscience in the first place. In such cases the counselor deals with sin, not with the feelings.”
There’s no difference between street drugs and so-called medications to modify your mind.
The use of valium to deal with problems is depicted in The Rolling Stones’ Mothers Little Helper.
“Kids are different today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she’s not really ill
There’s a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day
Mother’s little helper seems to help, but it doesn’t. Instead of properly disciplining her kids, she relies on a chemical solution, which offers temporary relief but ends in death:
Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more…
Until finally, the mother overdoses:
The pursuit of happiness just seems a bore
And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose
No more running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day
There is a better way to deal with life. Without drugs.
But it’s not just a matter of putting off the old but putting on the new. No longer should the drug abuser hang around old “friends” in the dark world of drugs but find friends who have gotten their act together without drugs.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Colossians 3: 5-9
Drug abusers who have been emancipated should hang out with those who follow Jesus and show the fruits of the spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Being industrious is a key to stay straight and be a productive member of society. If not a job, then volunteer work, hobbies. A few years back, when I, a Prodigal Son came back after having wandered from the faith and having big problems, I volunteered in a food pantry, then went on to return to writing, trying to persuade others to do the right thing.
It may be a drag getting old, but it is much worse spending your days in the voluntary slavery of destructive behavior. It’s not too late to teach an old dog new tricks!