A mental health charlatan from Penndel Mental Health Center in Bucks County brought gobs of junk food to her grossly overweight client who was staying in a nursing home. Because, the client told me, the home put her on a healthy diet, she went from 300 pounds to 275 pounds.
But then along came the mental health hack, who cavalierly remarked that her client doesn’t eat her meals because she pigs out on junk food and added “you have to have at least one vice.” According to Wikipedia.com, “Vice is a practice, behavior, or habit generally considered immoral, sinful, criminal, rude, taboo, depraved, or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or a bad or unhealthy habit. Vices are usually associated with a transgression in a person’s character or temperament rather than their morality. Synonyms for vice include fault, sin, depravity, iniquity, wickedness, and corruption.”
So we have to have a least one vice? Really?
Gluttony is a form of addiction, a besetting sin. It harms the person and others around you. Instead of helping others overcome bad habits, vices, the hack is not only not helping the person, but enabling bad behavior, encouraging, exacerbating the excesses, the addiction.
This is the case with the mainstream mantra parroted by politicians and the rest of all the king’s men, who don’t have a clue on how to put broken people back together again. Calling drug addiction “substance abuse disorder” is counterproductive.
As is the case of housing, the free market helps. People should have a choice to see for themselves what works best. One organization I see as very helpful is Conquering Life Prison And Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) http://www.clprm.org/
To address the solution to the opioid crisis, I’ve been working on a book that argues that the faith community is the key to resolving the problem, which ultimately is a spiritual epidemic.
Driving past the Levittown-Fairless Hills rescue squad on New Falls Road in Levittown, PA recently, I noticed the latest drug overdose statistics:
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14