Recovery Help or Hindrance?

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Pink Floyd

Money, get away 
Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay 
Money, it’s a gas 
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash 
New car, caviar, four star daydream 
Think I’ll buy me a football team 

Money, get back 
I’m all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack 
Money, it’s a hit 
Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit 
I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set 
And I think I need a Lear jet 

Money, it’s a crime 
Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie 
Money, so they say 
Is the root of all evil today 
But if you ask for a raise it’s no surprise that they’re 
Giving none away, away, away 

Songwriters: ROGER WATERS

For years, all the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men have been trying to reform the recovery houses, of which there are about 100 in the Levittown, PA vicinity.  The problems, where the homes are failing to help people with addictions, are driven by the love of money.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10

At a meeting to address the problems at the recovery houses, a local politician stated the houses are “unsafe, unhealthy and not conducive to sobriety.” 

Although not all the recovery houses are bad, there are too many in lower Bucks County, PA that make it worse for people trying to stop their destructive behavior. This has been going on for years!

The recovery houses are a magnet for drug dealers, where people trying to get straight are targets for these door-to -door aggressive marketers. Hardly conducive to “recovery.”

Helping people who engage in destructive behavior should not be about making money but should be done from the heart – from people who simply care about others.  This is where the Christian community needs to continue to reach out. Rather than warehouse people with a drug problem, Christians need to get to know them and minister to their needs. Caring individuals, rather than impersonal government programs and those they sponsor, should help them.

In lower Bucks County, churches offer programs that help people who engage in drug abuse or other destructive behavior, free of charge. The Oxford Valley Chapel in Levittown has an open meeting, basically a Bible study, on Wednesday nights between 7 and 8 p.m.

Breaking The Chains of Addiction, a faith based group that helps people overcome their addictions, meets at First Baptist Church in Morrisville, PA, 50 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tuesdays, at 7 p.m.  Breaking The Chains also meets in South Philly at Third Baptist Church, 2400 S. Broad St Fridays at 7 p.m. Also free.

Celebrate Recovery, a national program that helps people overcome drug and alcohol addictions as well as other problems, has a few chapters not far from Bucks County.  Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Life Presbyterian Church, 425 East Roosevelt Blvd. In North East Philly hosts Celebrate Recovery. Also free.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17