Heal The Land

I don’t know what she was on, but most likely a young woman was on something when she locked herself in the lady’s room at a fast food restaurant in Bristol, PA last night. A paying, female customer who needed to use the lady’s room found the lady’s room locked over a period of more than fifteen minutes. She intermittently went to the rest room door, knocked several times and asked “is anyone in there?” Over and over, but no reply.

Finally, an employee unlocked the door to find a young woman passed out on the floor. But shortly, the woman got up, and like the bride of Frankenstein, started walking away. As she walked out of the rest room, the woman who was waiting to use it remarked “other people need to use” the lady’s room. I didn’t hear the response, but the bathroom hog’s tone sounded smug, flippant.

It looked like she was trying to get into her car. Employees walked out, and the woman sauntered off. The police were called, and soon an officer showed up as did an ambulance with its lights flashing and sirens blaring. I think they found her.

I read the book Narcotics Anonymous a few years ago. By a former druggie’s own testimony, he admitted that a drug abuser is selfish – that the whole world revolves around him and the only thing that matters is getting that high. How he affects others is of no concern.

This was the case last night. It didn’t matter to that woman that she locked herself in the lady’s room, as if it were a flop house when there are other people who may need to use it.

The problem with the war on drugs is that authorities are placing all the blame on drug pushers. I’ve seen the signs in lower Bucks County “Push Out The Pusher”, with the message to call a number to report suspected drug dealers. I’ve read that authorities said, in so many words, that they are going to mollycoddle drug users.

Now counseling for druggies, dopes, is good, just as it was for drunks in the early 20th century. We finally realized that to resolve the problem of chronic drunkenness, we’re not going to do it by taking away everyone’s liquor.

Today, US Attorney Jeff Sessions is going about fighting the “opioid crisis” the same way we did with the alcohol problem during prohibition. To quote an old folk song “When will they learn. When will they ever learn?”

To overcome the drug problem, you have to go about changing individuals from the inside the right way. Calling drug abuse a disease is an epidemic in itself. Here in a brochure from the Bensalem police entitled “Bensalem Police Assisting in Recovery” (BPAIR) it states “Our primary goal is to connect people with substance abuse disorders with treatment programs and facilities. “Substance abuse disorders?”  That makes it sound as if these druggies have some kind of genetic problem they were born with. Are they lactose intolerant? Truth is, drug abuse is a matter of the will, and, as stated in the 12 Steps program, a character flaw. It’s a choice, a sinful one!

The problem with calling drug abuse a disease, as I’ve heard it called by many in authority – politicians, that nudge from the Addiction Network – is that it absolves the doper of responsibility for his behavior. It’s to say it’s not his fault.

“Alcoholism” and “addictions” are simply sin. Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.” — I Corinthians 15:34. “The primary problem is moral and spiritual, not medical, and cannot be addressed without that perspective,” wrote Franklin E. Payne, Jr., M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia.

“Addiction is a disease – not a personal failure”, said congressman Donald Norcross, D-New Jersey, in reference to the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force he’s part of. http://levittownnow.com/2017/05/31/congressman-fitzpatrick-named-vice-chair-bipartisan-heroin-task-force/

Critics of the disease theory, as reported on Wikipedia, say the disease theory, which is applied to drug and alcohol abuse “exists only to benefit the professionals’ and governmental agencies responsible for providing recovery services, and the disease model has not offered a solution for those attempting to stop abusive alcohol and drug use.”

The alternative to the Elliott Ness Round the suppliers up initiative and that it’s not their fault it’s a disease agenda is a program that reflects the views of A First Century Christian Fellowship, which later became known as The Oxford Group, which made regular reference to God. Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, by the way, greatly minimized the use of God in the program.  Today, Celebrate Recovery closely matches the philosophy of The Oxford Group.

The Oxford 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

Only when we return to God and following his ways will we be able to deal with the drug and other problems.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

There Is Another Way

Like Ralph the Wolf is chased by Sam the Sheepdog, dope suppliers are relentlessly pursued and caught by authorities. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=cartoon+sheepdog+ralph+and+sam&view=detail&mid=40939B9D29BEFF396AD040939B9D29BEFF396AD0&FORM=VIRE

Yet, the dope dealers keep coming back, episode after episode, bringing harm to dumb sheep – sheep in the sense that they don’t use the brains God gave them. Their uncontrolled urges prompt them to do dumb things.  “Why do you think they call it dope?” -the slogan back in the day when illegal drugs started hitting the Philadelphia suburbs.

A recent Sheepdog/Wolf episode in real life: http://levittownnow.com/2017/06/20/rangers-man-drove-park-narcotics-illegal-gun-vehicle/

The beat goes on.

In past blogs, I condemned the conventional wisdom, the mantra that we hear from many sources, including government entities. Recently I heard New Jersey Governor Chris “Krispy Kreme” Christy, pitching a drug treatment program, say “drug addiction is a disease.” With this philosophy it’s no wonder the drug abuse problem is getting worse.

There is a way to break this cycle!

There is a problem when people look to the government, as if it’s The Wizard of Oz, to solve all their problems. I see this mentality in Bucks County, PA. Recently, after a young junkie died from an overdose, his kin demanded the school district do something about the drug problem.

To resolve the drug abuse problem, you have to go to the root of it. In the 60s, young people searched for meaning in life. Although the 60s counterculture didn’t have the right answers, they did understand some social ills. Evangelist Francis Schaeffer aptly points out  “…the hippies of the 1960s did understand something. They were right in fighting the plastic culture, and the church should have been fighting it too… More than this, they were right in the fact that the plastic culture – modern man, the mechanistic worldview in university textbooks and in practice, the total threat of the machine, the establishment technology, the bourgeois upper middle class – is poor in its sensitivity to nature… As a utopian group, the counterculture understands something very real, both as to the culture as a culture, but also as to the poverty of modern man’s concept of nature and the way the machine is eating up nature on every side.” (Pollution and the Death of Man)

As Paul Revere and The Raiders sang in Kicks, drugs are not the answer:

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…”

Paul concludes:

That road goes nowhere
I’m gonna help you find yourself another way


There is another way. 12 Step programs.

More than seventy years old, 12 Steps has been successful.  Back in 1931, a business executive found this kind of program worked. He had undergone treatment for alcohol abuse for a year with Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, but soon returned to the bottle and went back to Dr. Jung for treatment. Dr. Jung told the executive his case was nearly hopeless, as was often the case with other drunks and that the only hope was a spiritual conversion with a religious group. And, if you click on the link, you’ll find a happy ending.

By the way, the 12 Steps started with six steps.


Today, some 12 Step programs combine help for alcohol, drug, and other problems. For example, Celebrate Recovery: http://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php/about-us/twelve-steps

God is the ultimate shepherd who protects his sheep from harm.