Getting Psyched Off of Drugs

Methadone is one tool to help those addicted to opioids by helping wean them off the destructive substances by tiding them over to prevent withdraw. At some point, the battle to overcome the problem becomes mostly psychological. Drug abusers have to learn how to cope without drugs.

Withdraw from drugs such as heroine can be devastating, even deadly. The best scenario is to become free from all mind-altering drugs, which harm you, and face the real world.  https://youtu.be/IP8G4clUJBY

Girl, you thought you found the answer
On that magic carpet ride last night
But when you wake up in the mornin’
The world still gets you uptight
Well, there’s nothin’ that you ain’t tried
To fill the emptiness inside
When you come back down, girl
Still ain’t feelin’ right

And don’t it seem like
Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
Before you find out it’s too late, girl
You better get straight
No, but not with kicks you just need help, girl

Well you think you’re gonna find yourself
A little piece of paradise
But it ain’t happened yet, so girl, you better think twice
Don’t you see no matter what you do
You’ll never run away from you
And if you keep on runnin’ you’ll have to pay the price

And don’t it seem like
Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
Before you find out it’s too late, girl
You better get straight

No, you don’t need kicks
To help you face the world each day
That road goes nowhere
I’m gonna help you find yourself another way

Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
(Oh, you don’t need kicks, girl)
Before you find out it’s too late, girl
You better get straight
(You just need help, girl)

Kicks just keep gettin’ harder to find
And all your kicks ain’t bringin’ you peace of mind
(Oh, you don’t need kicks, girl)
Before you find out it’s too late, girl
You better get straight
(You just need help, girl)

Discussing Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis in my Psychology in Literature class in college, a fellow student commented that in this parable, Gregor, who wakes up in the morning and becomes a cockroach, just doesn’t want to face the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Metamorphosis

A friend once told me she suffered from depression and that she did not want to wake up and greet the day. But as she moved forward, she got up early, made breakfast, and did various activities, such as organizing and reading.

Methadone counteracts negative effects of drugs, without getting high. It helps curb cravings, although there is an adjustment and side effects.

The key to staying clean is the mental challenge to stop using drugs as a crutch, a talisman, to deal with the exigencies of life. Instead, go to God’s Word in the Bible. Scripture, empowered by the Holy Spirit, which will provide guidance and a solution to the vicissitudes of life.

Get out of bed and face the world!

https://www.addictions.com/methadone-treatment/ 

Are You Out of Order?

Bi Polar, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Substance Abuse Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other disorders – are all labels arbitrarily put on people by modern psychology. Maybe these psychobabble believers could combine them all and just put an “out of order” sign on people.

These labels trap people into assigned behavior that they are sentenced to for life. They are a caste system, where once you are in a particular place in life you are stuck there. There is no room for change. By the modern psyche standard, if you sprain your leg, then you are stuck with a sprained leg the rest of your life. May as well tell someone who sprains a leg that he has sprained leg disorder.

People can be changed. Human problems are rooted in sin, which drives bad choices in life. If you get right with God and walk in his ways, you’ll be changed into the way God created you. Dysfunctionality happens when we stray from God’s ways. The Bible is sufficient to handle all human problems of the heart. The holy spirit gives you the power to restore your mental health.

In his book “How to Help People Change”, Biblical Counseling movement founder Jay E Adams lists four steps: Teaching, Conviction, Correction, and Disciplined Training in Righteousness. First, you must learn the right Biblical principle, be convicted if your behavior does not match the Biblical standard, then repent of your sin and God will forgive you. You don’t stop there but start practicing righteousness – behavior that pleases God.

Bi polar disorder is a spiritual problem and the way you are brought up fosters this problem:

https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-teach-about-bipolar-disorder/

Among the folks who go to the community meals for the homeless and those in need over the years in Bucks County, PA, I’ve found that people who have problems who have attended the secular Penndel Mental Health Center, with its legal dope and psychobabble tended to get worse, whereas those who found Biblical counsel did much better.

In Levittown, PA, churches run meetings with Biblical solutions for personal problems, such as drug addiction. At a recent meeting held at Oxford Valley Chapel, modern psychology labels were refuted as being pagan, which does not help people.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

 Do not be like the horse or the mule,

    which have no understanding

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

    or they will not come to you.

Many are the woes of the wicked,

    but the Lord’s unfailing love

    surrounds the one who trusts in him.

 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart!

-Psalm 32: 8-11

Now What After Freedom From Voluntary Slavery?

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!

In Memory of A Godly Man

My Dad, George Drinnan, was a Dad who was there through thick and thin. He disciplined me when I was bad, but was always there for me. Dad played baseball with my brother, sister and I, which he referred to as “my three sons.”

He introduced me to the woods, which I grew to love. When other families went to the shore, Dad took the family camping. I am the oldest. When I was little, Dad used to take me for walks in the woods in the Lorraine Gardens section of Somerton, PA, which, in the late 50s, still had woods, with Rusty, our cocker spaniel. It was a magical time. I remember walking past the forts where there were big kids (ten years old and up). I had no fear of them; a bigger kid was with me. Abandoned railroad tracks seemed to magically appear in the woods, as if that’s the only place they were.

For the longest time, Dad told me the story where Rusty used to swim in the pond at Fisher’s Pool, where ducks also swam. After the ducks got used to Rusty swimming in their pool, they let him swim with them. Rusty became an honorary duck. He was the lead duck, the point of the V.

My Dad was a character. On one occasion, when other campers were making noise after campground quiet hours started, Dad cupped his hands and announced something like “Quiet Hours Are In Effect; So Quiet Down.”

Like father like son. Dad was a church elder. On one occasion, my grandfather introduced himself as “George Drinnan Sr.”, father of the elder Drinnan.

Although I rebelled against the Christian faith, Dad continued to bring me up in the faith, not just by word, but by example. He never presented himself as being perfect, but as a sinner saved by grace. Dad lived his faith. He was committed to my Mom and us kids.

My Dad was principled. On one occasion, as church organist, he had a problem with the pastor cutting a verse in Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress”, which he said left the devil in charge. He stopped playing the rest of the service. A visitor, who happened to be a man of means, thought the organ broke down and donated money to the church.

Today I continue to grow in the faith. Dad planted the seed. Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. When I viewed Dad to pay my respects, he looked peaceful.

When a friend asked me if my Dad feared death, I said no because he knows where he is going. For my Dad, death had no sting! He has returned to the Lord.

What Are You Prepared To Do?

Malone: [talking privately in a church] You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?  

Ness: Anything within the law.  

Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they’re not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.” 

Dialogue between Jimmy Malone and Elliot Ness in the movie The Untouchables 

Likewise, I ask those with destructive habits (addictions): Do you want to change? 

And what are you prepared to do?  

Like Elliot Ness, who was charged with the task of taking down Al Capone and had a street- smart cop as a helper, we have the Bible to give us the power to overcome drug and other “addictions”.  

Drug abusers should not be written off as though they are lepers. We are all sinners before God; they are not unique, and with God’s help, they can get clean. As is the case with Ness fighting Capone, the journey to be victorious over drug abuse is tough. But God gives you the resources and power. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” 1 Corinthians 10:13 

Like other bad habits, drug abuse leads down the path of destruction, death. As Neil Young sang, “Every Junkie’s just a settin’ sun.”  

Even though people have lost their dwellings, relationships, health, sanity and have spent time in jail and rehabs, they continue in their destructive behavior, craving their idols that falsely promise an escape from the world’s hassles. They must decide to change and want to turn from the sin of drug abuse as Elliot Ness wants to take down Al Capone! 

Do you want to change? If so, then what are you prepared to do? 

A Rescue From Voluntary Slavery

The faith community has been coming to the forefront to help rescue people from the drug epidemic, a problem which Christian counselor and author Ed Welch calls “voluntary slavery.” The better programs, which are certainly better than the government funded, endorsed rehabs, say that “addictions” are sin.

The establishment’s mantra is that drug addiction is a disease, and not a character flaw. If drug abuse is a disease, then you cannot help doing drugs and are not responsible for your habit. Treating it like a disease, you would just keep the carrier out, like keeping rats away to prevent the bubonic plague.

If drug abuse is a choice, which it is, then you can overcome it. You can, with the help of Jesus. A message on Breaking The Chains of Addiction’s Facebook page reads:

“So what we have to ask ourselves is “Why do we hesitate to get people to Jesus”, why do we still put secular and worldly solutions in front of the addict rather than bringing them directly to Jesus.

Maybe, just maybe, we do not have faith like the four friends of the man sick of the palsy.

Why would we tell an addict anything other than Jesus Christ is the answer? “

In lower Bucks County, PA the faith-based meetings to help people overcome this destructive behavior, sin has been growing. Recently, an “addictions” meeting, which one participant calls a “Bible study” started at the Oxford Valley Chapel in Levittown, Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.  So-called addictions is just another sin and can be treated Biblically like any other sin. The Bible is sufficient, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to overcome any human problem of the heart. Drug abuse is a spiritual problem.

Another strategy to fight the drug epidemic is to keep the drug dealing rats from bringing the disease to the public. This was tried before – prohibition. All this did was increase crime, make gangsters rich, increase taxes and government control, and create material for movies.

What helped resolve the problem were grass roots, Biblical based initiatives, such as what became known as The Oxford Group. The church, true to scripture, got involved to help people break the chains of destructive behavior and help restore people to the way God made them.

Today we are starting to do the same thing, as more faith-based groups step up to the plate to handle the problem. Christians must reach out to offer hope to a dying culture.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “

-Matthew 5:13-16

That Stuff Is Poison!

“Girl, I, must (warn you)
I sense something strange in my mind
Situation is (serious)
Let’s cure it cause we’re running out of time
It’s oh, so (beautiful)
Relationships they seem from the start
It’s all so (deadly)
When love is not together from the heart

It’s drivin’ me out of my mind!
That’s why it’s HARD for me to find
Can’t get it out of my head!
Miss her, kiss her, love her
(Wrong move you’re dead!)
That girl is (poison)…”

Poison, Bell Biv Devoe

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=poison+hip+hop+song&docid=607988640642564809&mid=CEEAE9DD4A9340E2787ECEEAE9DD4A9340E2787E&view=detail&FORM=VIREHT

A few years back, I overheard a conversation in the men’s room of the public library in Levittown, PA where a guy told another guy that street drugs are laced with other ingredients that can kill you right off. The guy responded that drug users don’t care about the risk; all they care about is getting high.

A wolf in cheep’s clothing

In places such as Bucks County, PA, people looking for a good high are ending up with heroine laced with fentanyl. It makes them cuckoo, wandering around aimlessly, banging into walls, not knowing what they are doing, risking death. As Allen Ginsberg wrote in his poem Howl, “I see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…”

levittownnow.com/2013/06/20/cops-dazed-levittown-man-stumbles-into-drug-possession-charge/ 

The added dangers of fentanyl: https://www.statnews.com/2016/09/29/why-fentanyl-is-deadlier-than-heroin/

People are attracted to the promises of drugs, but in the end this destructive behavior makes the problems and duties of life worse. They don’t go away, except for a moment. Drugs are only a mask, which when removed, reveals our inner monster we are trying to hide.

We Wear the Mask

Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872 – 1906

We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,— This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile And mouth with myriad subtleties, Why should the world be over-wise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while      We wear the mask. We smile, but oh great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile, But let the world dream otherwise,      We wear the mask!

To overcome destructive behavior, such as drug abuse, we need to remove the mask and expose this sin, submit to God, who will heal you.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. Got is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond you’re a you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

We Can Do It Together With God

Everyone running to politicians for funding in order to fight the drug abuse epidemic does not cut it, exclaimed an animated presenter at a workshop at the Bucks County Faith Summit/We Can Do It Together event Saturday in Newtown, PA. Instead, a grass roots, autonomous group like that of Narcotics Anonymous with everyday people, recovered drug abusers is what is needed to help people get clean.

Back in 1931, an American businessman with a major problem with the bottle was treated by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung for a year and stopped the problem drinking. It wasn’t long before he relapsed. He came back to Dr. Jung, who told him that he was a nearly hopeless case and advised the businessman that his only hope might be a spiritual conversion with a religious group. He did. After attending meetings of The Oxford Group and having convinced the root of his problem was sin, he fully  recovered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous

Drug and alcohol abuse have a common root.

The Oxford Group

Originally a movement called “A First Century Christian Fellowship”, the group was founded by a Lutheran minister who had had a born-again conversion in 1908 in a chapel in Keswick, England. Dr. Bachman, the minister, summed up the group’s philosophy:

  • All people are sinners
  • All sinners can be changed
  • Confession is a prerequisite to change
  • The change can access God directly
  • Miracles are again possible
  • The change must change others

The Oxford Group preached that addictions are a result of sin, and that confessing sin, asking God’s forgiveness is what will enable people to overcome their addictions. Addictions such as alcohol and drugs are not a disease, a problem that we just “catch” but are a matter of choice. Only God can allow addicts to gain control of uncontrollable lives.

Today, there are groups and meetings held in churches that treat drug addictions as sin (we all are sinners), which through Jesus can be overcome. It was a breath of fresh air that the convention promoted a faith-based solution to the problem of drug abuse.

Christian booklets and other materials were available at some of the many stations at the convention. There was a copy, in summary form, of Narcotics Anonymous. Faith based talks and Christian songs were included in the convention.

At the workshop before the one with the animated presenter, the presenter called addiction a disease. Someone in the audience challenged calling drug abuse a disease. While waiting in line to fill out some paperwork, I figuratively gave her a high five.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism

Drug abuse is a choice, a sinful one. It is, as Biblical counselor and author Ed Welch said, voluntary slavery.

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. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 13-14

With God, you can overcome the involuntary slavery of drug abuse.

What About the Dangers of Smoking?

https://youtu.be/NWm6PUGpfVU 

The Johnny Smoke anti-smoking PSA played on TV during the 60s has been upstaged by the Opioid Crisis. The old folk song asks “Where have all the flowers gone?” I ask, where have all the anti-smoking public service announcements gone? Except for ads selling stop smoking products, there are no such efforts to alert people about the dangers of smoking. 

“We need to figure this out,” declares all the kings horses and all the king’s men in addressing the State Opioid Crisis, led by Pennsylvania governor Big Bad Wolf, in an attempt to put broken people back together again. 

levittownnow.com/2018/01/10/state-opioid-crisis-disaster-declaration-we-need-to-figure-this-out/ 

Although the poison from legal cigarettes acts more slowly than that of illegal drugs, it is still a destructive force in society. In the early 70s, my physical education/health instructor in college told us he’d like to go down south and burn down all the tobacco fields. “Don’t tell your parents I’m really going to do this,”, he said and explained he was just trying to make a point about how dangerous smoking is to your health. Early December, 2017, I lost someone very dear to me as a result of smoking. 

Like illegal drugs, which have additives such as fentanyl and morphine, cigarettes also have toxic additives. The government evidently does not have a problem with cigarette additives, which make cancer sticks more addictive. Jesus said that the love of money is the root of evil. Allegedly to curb smoking, the government jacked up taxes on cigarettes. The tobacco industry, and its partner in crime the government, are no better than drug pushers, whom they say they want to push out. More tax money in the government coffers!  https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm 

Although not to the extent as the case with street drugs, cigarette smoking burns a hole through people’s pockets, including those who don’t have much money. In the homeless community in Bucks County, PA, some people would put smokes before food. Talk about idolatry!  

And by incessantly declaring that drug addiction is a disease, the government and its cohorts keep their tax payer funded jobs and clinics in business. Everything in modern thinking today is a disorder – substance abuse disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (psychobabble for perfectionism) – ad infinitum, ad nauseam.  

I’ve met alcoholics and drug addicts who have overcome their addiction but cannot kick cigarettes!  

Like illegal drugs, cigarette smoking has become a god of this age. Johnny Smoke is an evangelist for the apostate church “Sister Nicotine and The Holy Smokes.” And of course, like liberal churches, which adds to scripture, the tobacco industry adds junk to tobacco.  

The first line in Allen Ginsburg’s Beat poem, Howl, in essence a huge run on sentence, captures this age: “I see the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…” 

 

Judgementalism and Drugs

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

The Bible clearly speaks against being judgmental. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace and mercy. I try to follow God’s mandate. Recently, I realized why God commands that we not judge others.

In my unofficial ministry to the homeless in Bucks County, PA, I’ve ministered to people with drug and alcohol problems and tried to get some of them into Christian rehab. One night, at the Veteran’s Memorial behind the Levittown library, as I was hanging out by myself at the memorial about midnight, a young guy who had left a local recovery house drifted in.  We talked at length, he thanked me for talking with him about his problem and he went on his way.

Recently, someone I suspected was using drugs reluctantly admitted to it for fear I would condemn her. I told her I do not condemn her but urged her to get clean.

When people condemn drug addicts, treat them like lepers, it contributes to them wanting to give up. They already know they are outcasts. Addicts need acceptance as human beings and encouragement.

Jesus did not condemn the woman at the well, who, seeing herself as an outcast, went to draw water from the well when nobody else was around. After Jesus gently uncovered her sin, He told her “I don’t condemn you” and to “go and sin no more.”

We should not condemn drug addicts, but we should gently admonish them and address their problem and treat it as sin. The campaign in places such as Bucks County PA to remove the stigma of addiction needs to be explained. Like Jesus, we don’t judge drug addicts but we should not give them a free pass for what they are doing.

Stigma defined: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

“the stigma of having gone to prison will always be with me”· “debt has lost its stigma and is now a part of everyday life”

synonyms: shame · disgrace · dishonor · stain · taint · blot · blot on one’s escutcheon · blemish · brand · mark · slur · smirch

Decades ago, I didn’t follow up on a possibility of being a counselor at a methadone center where I worked part time during my early college years. At my meeting with a counselor who tried to interest me in counseling at the center, he showed me materials that pitched not telling clients that they are in their situation because of something they did wrong. The idea of sin and pastors who preach in the tradition in which I was brought up about the total depravity of man was dismissed.

Drug addiction is a choice, a sinful one. For sure, it seems to addicts that the addiction is out of control and their lives have become unmanageable. The only way to overcome addiction, as someone in Bucks County, PA recently did, was surrender to Jesus. We can’t handle such problems on our own but need God to take control of our life.

Drugs are not the only addiction. There’s food, power, money and many more.

I’ve been reading the book Narcotics Anonymous. I read that projecting events where that things don’t pan out the way the addict wants and consequently gets bummed out is common to addicts. I am not a substance abuser but I do the same thing!

In a one on one counseling center with a pastor, he admonished me to let God take control of my life – to give problems to Him.

We can have victory in the war on drug abuse not by calling it a disease, and relieving users of accountability, but by showing people Jesus in our lives and partnering with them in their journey to recovery.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20