I keep finding people who must be students at Wossamotta U. For about a year, I’ve been trying to help someone who had pneumonia, has COPD and lung cancer, but she continues to smoke. She’s also abused wine, sleeping pills, and other substances. She must have learned this from Wossamotta U.
Another student of this school of thought, instead of going to an exclusive school, decided to live on the street and use drugs, with the subsequent stealing and alienation from true friends.
There’s a lot of people, some of them homeless, who are letting booze ruin their lives. They are also wasting their money on tobacco and hurting their health.
I’ve met some people who dropped out of Wossamotta U. They have put their addictions at bay and are getting their lives in order, including finding a job and helping others.
I recently met some homeless people who seem to have overcome their addictions. Most of them have attributed this to going to God for help. One of them said that not being able to stop an addiction is a matter of weak mindedness and that God gives you the strength to get straight. Another guy told me that the first step of the 12 step program was to take to heart that God will give you the power to overcome problems.
A recovering addict said he found graduates of Wossamotta U. intolerant of his rejection of their university’s teachings and his getting a life. They don’t even want to hear views outside their alma matter, Wossamotta.
A guy with a drinking problem left Wossamotta U. and started getting his life together but got homesick and returned to Wossamotta U. Another guy at the same treatment center told me that, unlike the guy who prematurely left the nest and got drunk and had subsequent problems , he needed to stay the course, staying in the program as long as needed.
“Like a dog that returns to its vomit, so is a fool that is insane in his foolishness.” — Proverbs 26:11, Aramaic Bible in Plain English.
I too have been to Wossamotta U., but have realized this school teaches the wrong things. I am a recovering Romantic. I sometimes see things the way I would like them but not the way they are.
Awhile back, I met and helped a homeless woman whom I became romantically attracted to. She was cute, could be charming, witty, bright, and could hold interesting, elevated conversations. But her dark side came out. I kept thinking that Darth Vader could be reformed. I was in denial.
After being dry for a season, she started hitting the bottle. Usually neat, she became a slob, throwing empty booze bottles all over the woods by her tent. She also frequently used the F-word and justified using it. She was a chronic thief and a pathological liar. After she tried to steal my cell phone, we went our separate ways.
Now that I’ve left Wossamotta U. I am learning, with God’s help, from my mistakes. About 1 1/2 years ago, I met a troubled homeless who came to me. She literally cried on my shoulder and was shaking. She seemed to blame her problems on others. Some things she claimed didn’t check out.
I didn’t aggressively seek the woman’s company and didn’t see her for several months, until I started seeing her at community meals. She had gained much needed weight, looked healthier, and her attitude seemed to have improved. Upon seeing me, she quickly snuggled up to me, asking me to sit at her table. When I’d run into her, my heart fluttered. We’ve embraced, sometimes kissed and held hands.
Still, I decided to keep my distance. Before long, she went downhill, looking bad and had a negative attitude, much like when I first met her.
When I occasionally see the woman, like Odysseus and his men who were attracted to the Sirens, the women on shore who lured their ship in, but got back on course and avoided shipwreck, I’m attracted to her but steer away, as I could end up in a destructive relationship. http://hackthesystem.com/blog/odysseus-precommitment-and-the-siren-song/
Like Odysseus, in order to resist temptation, I have decided ahead of time what I would do when I see the woman.
Just the other day, I met a woman who said she overcame alcohol abuse. According to a recovering addict who knows her, she’s not out of the woods; she’s in the woods with others who could pull her down to their level if she lets them. She’s been seeking out good friends, which would help her get her life in order.
We hit it off. Right after talking to her at the public library in Levittown, PA, I saw her at a community meal. She’s been very friendly. I’ve been thinking a lot about her, and I realize I need to keep my romantic nature in check. Like Robert Palmer, I’m addicted to love. One of the steps in the 12 steps program is to face it.
I just saw a program on PBS about prohibition. Like today’s war on drugs, it was a wasteful, expensive battle, and, which the documentary implied, contributed to the Great Depression. The country realized that banning alcohol because of the addictions of a few didn’t work. Enter Alcoholics Anonymous’, which over time created the 12 Steps program (it started with six steps) to deal with peoples’ drinking problems by changing them from the inside.
The narrator in the documentary said that the founders of AA returned to a belief system from a century before — worshipping God and following his ways.
Today we can resolve the rampant drug problem the same way, by returning to God. Drugs and other problems are symptoms of a culture that has turned away from God. Fighting addictions is a constant battle, and we must be diligent to keep us, as it says in Proverbs, from returning to our foolish insanity.
As Neil Young sang in The Needle and the Damage Done “there’s a little bit of it in everyone.”
Right here in Bucks County, PA is a free, drop in 12 Steps Program, which is modeled on the original AA program but addresses other addictions as well as problems such as anxiety and anger management. Based on their knowledge of and connection to God, the people running the program know what’s the matter with you. God certainly does.
Check it out: http://www.12stepjourney.com/