Most people agree that there is a drug epidemic and that something needs to be done about it. But there is disagreement on what to do about it.
If I hear drug addiction being called a disease or the term “substance abuse disorder” one more time, I’m going to scream and the men in the white coats will have to take me away. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=They%27re+coming+to+take+me+away+song&view=detail&mid=F3AD7DF2942EF1FAC7FBF3AD7DF2942EF1FAC7FB&FORM=VIRE
I am not the only one who attacks the conventional wisdom, the mantra that addiction is a disease. As argued on Wikipedia.com, “A disease cannot be cured by force of will; therefore, adding the medical label transfers the responsibility from the abuser to caregivers. Inevitably the abusers become unwilling victims, and just as inevitably they take on that role. They argue that the disease theory of alcoholism 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.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism Alcohol, drugs, and other abuses have a common root.
Substance abuse disorder is one of many psychobabble labels that trap people into assigned behavior that if taken seriously, they may end up being sentenced to for life. This is a caste system, where once you are in a particular place in life you are stuck there. There is no room for change. By the modern psyche standard, if you sprain your leg, then you are stuck with a sprained leg the rest of your life. May as well tell someone who sprains a leg that he has sprained leg disorder.
People can be changed. Human problems are rooted in sin, which drives bad choices in life. If you get right with God and walk in his ways, you’ll be changed into the way God created you. Dysfunctionality happens when we stray from God’s ways. The Bible is sufficient to handle all human problems of the heart. The holy spirit gives you the power to restore your mental health.
There was a Smorgasbord of groups at CLPRM’s Relapse Prevention Walk and Fundraiser Saturday that use a Biblical approach to conquering addictions. “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
Of course, there were actual food vendors at the event.
The various tents at the relapse prevent events allowed participants to learn about the philosophy of the different organizations involved by talking to representatives and by picking up their pamphlets. It’s a free market approach to the problem that’s been plaguing our land.
Everyone running to politicians for funding in order to fight the drug abuse epidemic does not cut it, exclaimed an animated presenter at a workshop at the Bucks County Faith Summit/We Can Do It Together event on April 28, 2018 in Newtown, PA. Instead, a grass roots, autonomous group like that of Narcotics Anonymous with everyday people, recovered drug abusers is what is needed to help people get clean. People can pick from the many groups that are out there; a sample was represented at the Relapse Prevention event.
Instead of running to politicians, you should examine programs you or your loved ones need to help conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction. There are good, Biblically-based programs in Bucks County, PA that will help, as found, for example, with CLPRM: http://www.clprm.org/recovery-ministry/
Breaking the Chains of Addiction is another faith-based program in the area that helps people overcome their addictions. It meets at First Baptist Church in Morrisville, PA, 50 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tuesdays, at 7 p.m. Breaking The Chains also meets in South Philly at Third Baptist Church, 2400 S. Broad St Fridays at 7 p.m.
There are also Biblically sound residential places that provide healing. For example, America’s Keswick in Whiting, NJ: https://addictionrecovery.org/colonyofmercy/
Faith-based programs to help people conquer addiction are on the rise. In these kinds of programs, relapses are much less common.
There’s an army rising up; there is power in the name of Jesus. https://youtu.be/uRITvdh_K8M