“So heroin, it’s just as real a disease in our world as cancer is…” says a Fox channel 29 Philadelphia news report linked to Levittownnow.com. http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/225069155-story
As former President Ronald Reagan said in presidential debates when his opponents made a weak, flawed, stale argument, “There you go again.”
More recently, Donald Trump detractors have been making the bogus charge that The Donald is racist, with no evidence. As Rush Limbaugh said, a racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. A post on Facebook has Oprah Winfrey saying that anyone who disagrees with Obamacare is racist. Former President Jimmy Carter said that people are against Obama because they are racist.
Repeat a lie enough times, said Hitler, then people will believe it.
The lie that drug abuse is a disease keeps being repeated ad infinitum ad nauseam.
The bogus statement from the recent channel 29 link on Levittownnow.com was part of a report about recovery houses in Levittown. Fox 29 is right, however by saying “Levittown, …where there’s an entire market based simply on recovery, in the form of halfway houses.” In the vicinity of Levittown, PA, there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 recovery houses.
The recovery houses in lower Bucks County are just a money making racket, at the community’s expense. Crime in recovery house ridden areas have experienced increased crime. People from local recovery houses frequent the Levittown public library. Most of them cause problems in and around the library. As a result of the invasion of druggies, the library had to hire a security guard and put cameras in the library.
Many of the druggies who fly out of the doors of the recovery flop houses become homeless, and join the local population. One reason the general homeless have been harassed at the library and nearby Veterans Memorial is that they are lumped together with the druggie and other problem homeless.
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything! Another article on Levittownnow.com reports that PA Governor Big Bad Wolf (who blows people’s houses down by fiat to make them homeless) and state lawmakers “have been instrumental in many of these methods, by reversing 10 years of funding cuts to drug and alcohol treatment by expanding Medicaid.”
Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis repeats the sounding joy (for the drug treatment hustlers) that substance abuse is a disease. “It’s time to get rid of negative stereotypes. Addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing,” said Tennis, who continued “Stigmatizing the disease, so that our loved ones feel too ashamed to get help, only increases the number of Pennsylvanians who will die unnecessarily.”
Politicians are appealing for more taxes for drug treatment, which they say will save healthcare, lost productivity and criminal justice costs. This presupposes that their programs work. They don’t.
According to Tennis, 3,500 drug overdoses occurred in 2015. He expects the number to grow.
This is quite a disease, known as substance abuse disorder (SUD) to take out all these people.
The only way I can explain the SUD epidemic is that aliens implanted secret messages in the brains of people that programmed them to do drugs. What we need is to get Flash Gordon to deprogram the druggies – of course, at taxpayers’ expense.
The PA Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary has it backwards. By calling drug abuse a disease you absolve the user of culpability. This sends a message that you don’t have to change your ways – as it says in the Bible, to put off the old and put on the new. If you think you are doing nothing wrong by doing drugs, then you’ll keep doing it until you die. It’s an end game. As Neil Young sang “every junkie’s just a settin’ sun.”
Instead of having less deaths by drug overdoses by not pointing out that the problem is a result of a character flaw, you’ll have more.
Of course, you accept the drug abuser as you would any other sinner by hating the sin but loving the sinner.
You may be able to fight cancer with chemo and Opdivo, but you can’t combat substance abuse with a psychotropic drug, which, by definition, “is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness.” Isn’t this why the hippies did drugs in the 60’s – to expand their minds? We see where that got them.
Some psychotropic drugs are used for medical, physical problems, such as to fight Parkinson’s disease, headaches, and for hormone problems.
There’s a problem when emotional and spiritual problems are treated like you’re dealing strictly with physiology, which, defined: “the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.”
When you do, you become like the people described in the 60’s song In the Year 2525:
In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today
In other words, we become robots!
And to reprogram a robot who takes drugs, you just have to order it, as they say in the military “At ease, disease!”
To quote the Temptations, “Great googa mooga, can’t you hear me talkin’ to you, just a
Ball of Confusion that’s what the world is today. (yeah, yeah)”
In reality, because we are creatures created in the image of God with a free will, to resolve substance abuse problems, which are actually a result of besetting sin, you need God’s help and guidance to overcome them. The kind of program that will help is one that follows the proven 12 Steps program. Celebrate Recovery is a national program that works.
Substance abuse, like any other sin, is a matter of the will.
“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (Jas 1:14–15).