I tell people I drink toxic water, when I drink tonic water. Of course, it’s a joke, but people willingly imbibe toxic substances, mostly which are a slow poison, such as cigarettes, and excessive narcotics, some of which have an added substance which enhances the toxins (fentanyl in heroine). Like heroine, the poison in cancer sticks is enhanced with additives.
In a broken world, people engage in destructive behavior. To help save the lives of those who have engaged in the voluntary slavery of addiction, a public-private initiative in Bucks County, PA was created. The program starts in the early stages after someone survives an overdose and gives direction to the recovery process. http://levittownnow.com/2019/07/22/program-works-to-save-overdose-victims-get-them-into-treatment/
One thing that impresses me about the initiative is that treatment places are held accountable. Success rates will be tracked. Awhile back, President Trump said that funds for drug treatment places will only go for programs that work.
People who engage in the voluntary slavery cannot be helped if money is dumped willy-nilly into drug rehab programs. The proof is in the pudding, and money spend needs to produce good results. I question the bill Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick supports, where there needs to be accountability before soaking the tax payer 25 billion dollars! http://levittownnow.com/2019/05/29/bill-introduced-by-congressman-would-create-25-billion-opioid-epidemic-response-fund/ One reason I question programs politicians push is that they label addiction a disease.
The disease model of addiction only benefits professional and government agencies involved, and does not offer a solution to drug addiction. By calling addiction a disease, the addict cannot overcome the problem, and programs that subscribe to this philosophy just waste our money by throwing it down the rathole.
I believe in a free market approach to the drug epidemic. As is the case where, under school choice, parents get to pick the school, citizens need to decide which program works best to help people conquer addiction. A better choice for conquering addiction is a group such as Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM). It’s a good choice! http://www.clprm.org/
In participating in various CLPRM ministries since August, 2018, I have discovered the right way to fight the opioid crisis. I have heard testimony after testimony, talk after talk, got to know redeemed addicts through CLPRM. And there is a network where I learned of Christian events where I was enriched. The problem of addiction has the same root the rest of us with problems: sin. Unlike the government initiatives, which call addiction a disease and claim it is not a moral failing, these programs really help people. The money the government wants to take from citizens leaves us with less money we could use to voluntarily fund programs that are much more effective in curbing the opioid crisis, which is really a symptom of a spiritually bankrupt society.
We need a Biblical solution to the drug epidemic.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” -2 Timothy 3:16