Doing Something To Not Let Evil Triumph

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People got together at Music Fest 2019 & Relapse Prevention Walk to address ways to curb the insanity of the voluntary slavery of drug addiction.  

Besides the Christian music groups and speakers, some officials and others just regular folks, representatives from the Bensalem police, include the chief, participated in the event. Although I kidded someone who asked people on the relapse prevention walk why we were there by telling him I was just there to walk alongside my girlfriend because her doctor said I need to accompany her on walks, the walk represented people on a journey to help rescue those enslaved by addiction. 

It was a wonderful time, with brothers and sisters joining together to edify one another. Families came, and kids played. The dogs at the event also had a grand time, playing around and socializing, some of them being de facto therapy dogs! 

The music was uplifting, edifying, and as was the case with the rest of the event, offered hope. One musician of particular note was Santos, who performed Doo-Wop gospel, using the soothing, unique sound of the genre to further the gospel. During his performance, Walter Santos literally pointed to the cross on the top of the church in the near distance in front of the stage. 

One big hit was the mock teenager’s bedroom, where participants could get clued in on what to look for if their kids are messing with drugs, run by the Bensalem Police.  

The Bensalem Police Chief spoke about a new program where people who need help with their addiction can walk into the police station and quickly get the help they need. It used to take hours before someone could get help, but now the wait is down to 20-25 minutes!  And on the spot they can get connected to a place that can help them in their journey to sobriety.   https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/09/09/bensalem-police-announce-first-of-its-kind-initiative-in-pennsylvania-to-combat-opioid-epidemic/ 

Back in early 2018, I wished there were resources such as this when I helped someone who asked me for help to get clean. With no experience doing this, I used what I had. With much help from the church, she got clean in two months and was clean for more than three months. Although the journey led to sobriety, her past 30 years of drug abuse caught up with her. A time bomb went off the 4th of July, 2018, and God took her home. During her journey, she accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and was radically transformed. After struggling with addiction for some 30 years, this was the only way she got clean.  The autopsy showed that she died clean. 

As one official said at the event, the government has a role in the war on drug abuse, but the most important thing is people who reach out and give their time and money to help others. 

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You Have to Have at Least One Vice?

A mental health charlatan from Penndel Mental Health Center in Bucks County brought gobs of junk food to her grossly overweight client who was staying in a nursing home. Because, the client told me, the home put her on a healthy diet, she went from 300 pounds to 275 pounds.  

But then along came the mental health hack, who cavalierly remarked that her client doesn’t eat her meals because she pigs out on junk food and added “you have to have at least one vice.”  According to Wikipedia.com, “Vice is a practice, behavior, or habit generally considered immoral, sinful, criminal, rude, taboo, depraved, or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or a bad or unhealthy habit. Vices are usually associated with a transgression in a person’s character or temperament rather than their morality. Synonyms for vice include fault, sin, depravity, iniquity, wickedness, and corruption.” 

So we have to have a least one vice?  Really? 

Gluttony is a form of addiction, a besetting sin. It harms the person and others around you. Instead of helping others overcome bad habits, vices, the hack is not only not helping the person, but enabling bad behavior, encouraging, exacerbating the excesses, the addiction. 

This is the case with the mainstream mantra parroted by politicians and the rest of all the king’s men, who don’t have a clue on how to put broken people back together again.  Calling drug addiction “substance abuse disorder” is counterproductive.   

As is the case of housing, the free market helps. People should have a choice to see for themselves what works best. One organization I see as very helpful is Conquering Life Prison And Recovery Ministries (CLPRM) http://www.clprm.org/ 

To address the solution to the opioid crisis, I’ve been working on a book that argues that the faith community is the key to resolving the problem, which ultimately is a spiritual epidemic.  

Driving past the Levittown-Fairless Hills rescue squad on New Falls Road in Levittown, PA recently, I noticed the latest drug overdose statistics:   Image may contain: outdoor

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14 

I Saw The Best Minds…

The shrinks and the mental health hustlers are whining that they don’t have enough money to treat what they call “substance abuse disorder”, which is psychobabble for choosing destructive, stupid behavior. Why do you think they call it dope? http://levittownnow.com/2017/07/24/opioid-treatment-funds-in-senate-bill-would-fall-far-short-of-needs/

When you are hooked on something, nothing matters except self-satisfaction, whether getting high on drugs, drunk on booze, or even smoking cigarettes. On an episode of Twin Peaks, a guy managed to walk away from the edge of a nuclear blast. He wondered through the New Mexico desert with an unlit cigarette. He asked the first people he came across “got a light? Got a light?” Over and over again.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=got+a+light+twin+peaks+full+video&&view=detail&mid=B13593F8C3E743C3BCFEB13593F8C3E743C3BCFE&rvsmid=21337ED4469438098FB621337ED4469438098FB6&fsscr=0&FORM=VDMCNR

Without more money, Jennifer Smith, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said druggies will be desperate to support their habit and will end up with a criminal record! I thought that using and possessing drugs was criminal! The drug trade has nothing to do with customers doing dope does it? Maybe this substance disorder is contagious, picked up from exposure from passing drug dealers in public areas.

What’s more, Secretary Smith added, is that this “disorder” creates homelessness. So, according to those on the front lines of the opioid war, if we fork over more money to the official state drug rehab industry, we can prevent homelessness!

Unless you’ve been living on Mars and don’t have satellite transmission, you’ll know that people from all walks of life are doing dope. As Bob Dylan sang “everybody must get stoned!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnoxKXkPqEE

How prophetic was beat poet Allen Ginsberg with the opening to his poem Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.

Back in 1955, when the beat poet wrote Howl, freaky people like Ginsberg were on the fringe of society. The Beat Generation sought meaning from life in an industrialize society but concluded that “society sucked.” Today, this view that because life has no meaning, anything goes and it’s cool to escape this though sex, drugs and rock and roll was celebrated at Woodstock and is becoming the new normal –more mainstream.

Dumping money on a problem doesn’t automatically fix it. More and more money to fight the drug war but the problem appears to be getting worse.  Albert Einstein is said to define insanity as doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.

Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to homelessness, but that’s not the only cause. The economy, driven by progressive social engineering, particularly during FDR’s New Raw Deal, wrought massive homelessness. Decent, working men were heavily taxed and businesses were heavily taxed and regulated. Consequently, men became hobos who hopped trains to look for food and work. Government overreach, for example paying the large farm conglomerates to burn crops to increase prices, favored the fat cats at the expense of the average person, the middle class.

The Great Depression was not just an economic depression; it was a moral depression. Leading up to the depression was a world of gangsters and corrupt politicians.

The opioid epidemic is not just about people doing dope; it’s a moral issue, a result of people looking for meaning in life by trying to escape reality, rather than to deal with it.

Rather than making druggies victims and saying they have a disease, besides just saying “no” to drugs, they should get involved in a 12-step program, which addresses the spiritual/moral part of the problem. Medical doctors and nurses can deal with the medical end of the problem.

Historically, the 12-step program has been very successful. I know of one homeless person in Bucks County, PA who went through a 12-step program as has really gotten his act together.

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
-Psalm 107:14