A three-part series on drug addiction and answers
If I were to name three conditions of life that put you in a hopeless state of mind, here they are: Finding yourself in a powerless condition over life; being dependent on things; and the feeling that life is unmanageable.
I am beginning with this column a new three-part series of articles on the subject of “Conditions of Life.” If you know someone who has a problem with addiction, dependency or that their life is out of control — this is not only for them, but for you.
Let us look at this first condition of being powerless over life. There are many folks who feel there is absolutely nothing they can do to impact their life. They feel ‘pinned down’ and ‘trapped’ by the circumstances they are living in now, thus that feeling of being totally powerless over life.
The first people that I think feel this type of emotion and condition would be individuals using drugs illegally. Those addicted to drugs because of substance abuse find themselves in this powerless state of mind because they have surrendered control of their lives to their substances of choice.
For law and order members of society we can take a strong firm stand and say that those who are using drugs did so because they wanted to. We can keep our firm stand resolutely by saying it was there choice to use drugs, especially if you never provided them with drugs, never facilitated for their empowerment with drugs by giving them money, giving them rides to their dealers or to the location where they purchased drugs.
Sometimes we who have never used drugs can become very arrogant regarding this issue. That power comes because we’ve never used drugs and we like to think how stupid it is for someone to become addicted to drugs. It is in my opinion this is the wrong position to take but I understand parts of the battle and I too have had some of these very same thoughts and feelings I’ve just written about.
The fact of the matter is that those addicted to illegal drugs would agree that it is stupid to be on drugs. No argument there. They would agree that for them to be in the position of drug addiction is unreal and their condition is one they never dreamed they would ever find themselves in. They can agree with these thoughts easily. They understand them much better than those who have never used drugs or found themselves in this position.
No one dreams about being powerless. Many begin using drugs because they want to first just have some fun, not understanding the consequences or accepting the position that what they have seen happen to others will not happen to them. If you can understand that line of thinking, you can see clearly they believe they have all the power in the world, because somehow they are stronger, wiser and just plain better than someone else they know using drugs. And what has happened to those they know will not happen to them.
Yes, for many reading this column, we know that is a lie. We know they are not some super human with stronger power than others. You and I for whatever reason know and understand our skill set, our abilities, weaknesses and struggles. We know what to stay away from but for many of our family members, friends, neighbors and people we see in passing in our communities did not learn this truth early in life. Thus, they now find themselves totally powerless in life all because of drugs.
This is the most frustrating aspect of helping people for me. My frustration is not that someone is addicted to drugs, but that rather Christians who should be so ever mindful that they too could easily be in this same condition choose only to say “I will pray for you” and never move beyond that stance to be involved and helping someone regain power over their powerless state of mind.
Luke 8:43-48 tells of a woman who believed differently. There is a faith that heals but it involves action.
In this column series we will have an opportunity to see the role Christians and concerned individuals can play in helping others discover power in their lives for the first time, and for some it will be to re-discover the power they surrendered. I believe there is an answer to the epidemic experiences of illegal drug abuse. There is an answer to regaining our communities and helping those who are addicted to drugs. We can win in this issue but we must be involved. The answer begins with you and your faith. Jesus said it was her faith that made the difference. We cannot keep this secret answer to drug addiction to ourselves.
Tim H Mills can be followed on Twitter @THMills or emailed email@example.com
A three-part series on drug addiction and answers
Sometimes you have to say ‘I didn’t do it’
“I didn’t do it.” Most of us have heard that sentence at one time or another — law enforcement probably hears those words the most.
SOAR-ing in Eastern Kentucky
By the time many of you read this, I’ll be traveling to southeastern Kentucky, on my way to the SOAR Summit scheduled for Monday in Pikeville (at least if the weather cooperates).
Saying ‘goodbye for now’ to Papaw
This past Sunday night, Heaven gained another angel. My grandfather, John DeBoard, or as I called him, “Papaw,” went to be with the Lord following a collapse at his house.
Love in a tweak or a bushel and a peck
On my lawn mower, string trimmer and leaf blower it only takes a fractional turn of a carburetor adjustment screw to get the small two-cycle engine to run smoothly; a tiny tweak for a perfect purr.
Why and what about America?
So if I were to ask you what defines a holiday, what answer would you give? How would you describe in words what or when a holiday occurs?
School-choice critics intimidate but won’t debate
Ken Wilber wrote: “Most of us are only willing to call 5% of our present information into question (at) any one point.” Then there is the closed-minded leadership of the Kentucky Education Association, Jefferson County Teachers Association, Kentucky School Boards Association and Kentucky Association of School Superintendents who, when it comes to school choice, won’t even question that much.
Be thankful, not greedy this season
I watched several videos from across the country showing feeding time at a zoo for starved, carniverous animals. At least, that’s what it looked like. What it was, in fact, was Black Friday, 2013.
Does Plan B exist for Kentucky’s declining economy?
Frustrated by intense opposition experienced by his ideological soul mate in the White House, Gov. Steve Beshear claims in a New York Times op-ed that Obamacare — the biggest expansion of government power and control in decades — is good for Kentuckians’ health and their pocketbooks.
Want the job done? Hire a woman
Robert Redford may have been on to something when he said during the recent government shutdown that women and young people are the answer to solving gridlock in Washington.
Out of the darkness and into the light
Back in mid-August, I went camping with my wife, Carmen, my mother-in-law, Linda, and our friend Donnie.
- More Editorials Headlines
- Sometimes you have to say ‘I didn’t do it’