“What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” is a simple question to answer. Just “put him in the guardroom until he gets sober!” Other questions, such as what shall we do with the high druggie and the homeless are not so simply answered. Today, these questions are treated like a rhetorical question (for those of you in Doylestown, one that doesn’t require an answer), as, for example, when Jimmy Ruffin sang “what will become of the broken hearted?”
The drug epidemic and homelessness keeps lingering on. The drug problem keeps getting worse because people fighting it, especially the government, has made it more complicated than it should be. This must be by design. As a guy who recently successfully kicked his toxic habit on his own said, “there are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs — in fact, it’s a multibillion-dollar industry“
There’s a long waiting line to get into city and state funded drug rehab programs and they are expensive.
The establishment and some of the dopers kin weave a tangled web to explain the problem but they deceive. One thing they got wrong is that the problem is all the drug dealers fault. They think if all the drug pushers are rounded up the problem will be solved. Another thing they got wrong is when they say drug abuse is a disease and it can be treated with just the right drugs, err… medications.
A better way to address the problem is to stop treating a druggie, in the words of Curly of The Three Stooges, as “a victim of soy cum stances.” It’s a matter of the will. People make excuses to not face the world and choose to escape through drugs.
The trick is to get to the root of the problem, whether it be drugs, booze, anxiety… After I lost my job and had other problems, I suffered from anxiety and depression. I allowed myself to be roped into treatment at the Penndel Mental Health Center, Penndel, PA. I was put on Paxil. It made me worse! My hands started shaking almost more than they did when I thought we took a direct hit when I was passing up ammo at the bottom of the gun chain on a destroyer when I was in combat in Viet Nam. The difference is on the destroyer my hand tremors lasted just a few minutes, whereas my hands shook almost constantly when I was on Paxil. The clinic and someone in the mental health industry who went to the Salvation Army Community Center, Levittown, PA told me it was OK – it just takes time to break in.
After a few months using the legal dope I stopped cold turkey, and suffered withdraw. My near constant hand shaking abated and I kicked that bad habit.
I found a simpler way to deal with my problem. I did some research and found that dark chocolate does the same thing as Paxil and more, and with no fear of withdraw. Kava tea is a natural relaxant, and, like dark chocolate, if you use moderation there are no ill effects.
Problems such as anxiety and depression is not just a matter of physical, medical symptoms. It’s also a result of the way one thinks. Knowing that God watches over you and that you have His guidance is the way to fight problems such as anxiety and depression. It’s a gradual process as we try to match His will with ours. When we do we are on the road to recovery as we become restored to the way God made us.
Three and ½ years after I got really messed up – not a result of drugs or alcohol, and after letting the Lord direct my paths, my condition improved. I got back on the right path. I have to just look in occasionally to see what condition my condition is in. Yea, oh-O Yea…my condition was in.
As a result of churches passing on their responsibility to help people with problems to worldly psychologists and psychiatrists, Jay E Adams started the Biblical Counseling Movement. https://revolfaith.com/2014/12/05/the-biblical-counseling-movement-origins-and-philosophy/
People become homeless for different reasons. Not all of them are there because of a drug habit. Homeless people are just a microcosm of society. Today’s drug epidemic hits all communities, not just the homeless. Some druggies just happened to slip into the homeless community.
To resolve the homeless problem, one obstacle to overcome is hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. Hobophobia permeated the meeting held at the Church of The Nazarene in Burlington Township, New Jersey between the Citizens Serving The Homeless and the local community back in February when they discussed the plan to build a homeless community.
Locals at the meeting feared the homeless going through trashcans, panhandling, attacking people, and generally problems as a result of drug addiction. Here’s a link that sheds light on who the homeless really are: http://citizensservingthehomeless.org/myths.html
Where ever you have people you have problems, and the homeless are no exception. Anyone who comes to the shelter who has a substance abuse problem will be ministered to, like everyone else. Citizens Serving The Homeless will need to provide adequate supervision for them. They are not just going to build a flop house but I trust they will protect the community from problems.
Drug abusers, the homeless and those helping them need to trust in and follow God. His precepts are the model we need to follow to help one another.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” –Proverbs 3: 5-6