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
Fentanyl, that nasty stuff that street drug dealers have been mixing with dope, which makes users cuckoo and stays in the system after you get clean, has made the news again: levittownnow.com/2018/07/02/man-with-fentanyl-in-system-charged-with-crash/
A 20-year-old guy for whom fentanyl was found in his system reportedly changed lanes abruptly and crashed into another vehicle.
People who engage in destructive behavior like drug abuse need help!
In my last blog, I argued that the 100 some recovery houses in the Levittown, PA vicinity are more about making money than helping people with destructive habits. The establishment’s view and policy to fight the drug epidemic likewise is more about making money than helping people. By calling drug abuse a disease, it makes an excuse for the user, as a disease precludes the element of choice and the will. Labeling drug abuse “substance abuse disorder” likewise traps the user in a caste system whereby he or she is sentenced to a life-long sentence of voluntary slavery.
The criticism of the disease model of alcoholism applies just as well to drug and other forms of voluntary slavery: “…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.” -Wikipedia.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism
“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., MD, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia.
Modern psychology doesn’t understand the real cause of behavioral problems and doesn’t know the right way to treat them. Dr. Payne explains “I have yet to see any patient’s chart with the diagnosis of ‘depression’ with reference to criteria that would fit any formal definition, such as the DSM-III-R. Yet, millions of patients carry this label and receive potent medications based upon this slipshod approach. Both the label and the medications have great potential for harm, as well as good. Further, such imprecision applies to virtually every area of medicine, not just psychiatric diagnoses. (A discussion of this ‘mal-practice,’ however, would require another paper in itself.)”
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, can’t put broken people back together again.
Second Peter speaks of how evil, which promises deliverance/freedom, brings voluntary slavery.
“promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.” 2 Peter 2:19
In places like Bucks County, PA, churches and individual Christians have been reaching out to a broken world to help rescue people from addictions and other besetting sins not for money, but to serve their Lord and their neighbors.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
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
Asking druggies to turn in their drugs is like telling people who came into town in the wild west to turn in their guns to the sheriff. To cowboys, a gun was an indispensable tool for self-defense and it was always by their side. Likewise, drugs are an indispensable crutch for dopers who, like Gregor in Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” don’t want to face the world.
People hooked on drugs are just like a girl who can’t say “no”. They can’t say “no” to drugs. Why do you think they call it dope? Oh, I shouldn’t say that; it would hurt the snowflakes’ self-esteem.
You mean that humans actually have a will? A choice? What a novel idea!
“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Psalm 32:9
In an interview on ligonier.com, Pastor and Christian counselor Jay E Adams explains the problem of the idea of self-esteem:
TT: How has the emphasis on “self-esteem” impacted the church, and how should Christians respond?
JA: “The emphasis is not biblical; consequently, wherever it is touted it has affected the church adversely.
The emphasis upon sin in a Christian’s life and the need to deal with it as God’s Word requires, in many places, has been replaced by teaching that we are better than we think—when just the opposite is in most cases true.
I have dealt with the topic at length and demonstrated how far-removed it is from a biblical view in a book titled The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Self-Image.
In order to provide a base for such teaching, the Bible—and even the gospel—have been distorted. For instance, Jesus speaks of two commandments: to love God and neighbor; thus, the emphasis on self-esteem directly contradicts Him.
Moreover, God’s grace in saving miserable sinners has been replaced by heretical teaching, such as saying that it is because we are so valuable that Christ came to redeem us. Not all who hold self-esteem views go so far, but many do.
We need to have a biblically based view of our true position in Christ in order to have a biblical perspective on ourselves.“
Trying to deal with the opioid epidemic, which some consider a national emergency, people are blaming it all on the drug pushers and drug companies, when the real reason is that we pushed out God. Druggies are made victims.
A breath of fresh air: At an event at the Heritage Foundation Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said it’s important to “reestablish the view that people should say no to drugs.”
In Levittown, PA, the alleged emergency shelter has a waiting list. Why? Because of the cockroaches who don’t want to face the world, many come from the recovery houses and, like the drunks, go in and out of the shelter’s revolving door – in and out of what has become a flop house for dopers and drunks. People who are just homeless, and just need a place to stay have to live with criminals and may have to deal with harassment, theft and even violence. I got word that one of the women who mugged a homeless woman had stayed in the shelter but was said to have been living in the woods outside the local tech school. The other is wheeling around at large. To my knowledge, neither have been arrested for the mugging. One of them is allegedly a druggy and the other a glutton.
Druggies, enabled by the establishment, who tells them they are victims of a disease called “substance abuse disorder” are as cavalier about scoring drugs as people are about buying milk.
The incessant mantra that drug and alcohol abuse is a disease and not a character flaw continues to be spewed out by state and private agencies. The nudge, as a friend calls him, keeps coming on TV, hawking The Addiction Network, insisting that “drug addiction is a disease.”
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.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_theory_of_alcoholism
The folks who promote substance abuse as a disease even have a name for it: “Substance Abuse Disorder.” Hummmm… This is SAD. Someone must have made this name up at a party.
I agree that substance abuse is sad. Lives are ruined, people die, people steal, people loose jobs, relationships are ruined. No argument from me about this.
But my argument is where drug and alcohol problems come from. Presupposing these problems are a result of a disease, I ask “is the disease airborne? Is it in the water?”… Oh, proponents of this theory argue that genetics and the environment are the culprits, like cancer or shingles.
To say substance abuse is a disease absolves the abuser from responsibility. As is the case with other bad behavior, making excuses for people doesn’t resolve the problem.
The disease theory also reduces humans to machines. We are not! We have a will.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you. –Psalm 32:9
The notion that substance abuse is a disease lends itself to treatment by behaviorists such as B.F. Skinner, who control behavior by creating conditioned responses – known as operant conditioning – by the patient. This is akin to Pavlov’s Dogs. In an experiment, Ivan Pavlov repeatedly rang a bell when he gave dogs a steak. After doing this for some time, Pavlov would just ring the bell, sans the steak, and the dogs salivated. This is the technique the disciples of Skinner use to govern human behavior.
Note on the 1904 advertisement for treatment how patients’ rights are not respected. “This remedy can be given with or without the permission of the patient.” Success is guaranteed, or you get $500 back. Sure sounds like a snake oil salesman!
The inordinate number of recovery houses in lower Bucks County, PA are there just to benefit professional and government agencies. Consequently, druggies and drunks are set lose on the streets, like Frankenstein after they leave the flop house and terrorize the community. Since the recovery houses were dumped on lower Bucks County, crime has skyrocketed.
Yet, the authorities will not provide timely, adequate housing for other people, who because of job loss or non community threatening circumstances, have become homeless. The clean homeless people are not a threat to the community, the substance abusers are. It’s all about money.
Unlike the efforts of the state and private snake oil salesmen, the 12 Step Program, which came out of Alcoholics Anonymous and started out as six steps, has been successful in treating substance abuse. There have been various adaptations of the program, but the basic program has the right stuff to help people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous
“Addiction” is not a disease but a result of our sinful nature. Recovery starts in the 12 Step Program:
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. Romans 7:18
This is a good start.