Conquering Disease of Despair – Opioid Addiction
Message by Clark Covington
A recent Washington Post article entitled No Longer ‘Mayberry’ explores a growing epidemic happening in Ross County, Ohio, and to a larger extent, much of America. This plague-like terror strikes through age, gender, race and socioeconomic status without discrimination. A drug served up at doctor offices, pain clinics, and pharmacy counters as much as it is on street corners and in dimly lit parking lots. I’m talking about opioid addiction.
In the recent presidential election fixing New Hampshire’s opioid problem took center stage at several debates after many called it a crisis like no other, and even an apocalypse.
No place has more opioid addicts than West Virginia. The millions of pills consumed there have earned West Virginia the title of highest drug overdose rate in the nation according to the CDC
The Washington Post article states opioids come in many forms, from prescription painkillers to street heroin. In the past Marijuana was known as a gateway drug to ‘heavier’ drugs like cocaine and acid. Opioids on the other hand often start as prescription painkillers like Oxycontin, and lead to cheaper fixes like street drugs heroin and fentanyl. This is leading to, in this small Ohio county, dozens upon dozens of fatal overdose each year. Across America it’s many times that each day.
We wonder how moms got to the point of shooting up heroin with a syringe spiked in their arm in a public park with kids in tow, or shooting up in the after school car line to the point of incoherence? Or how parents lay dead-to-life on a city sidewalk as their children sit afraid and shocked nearby on a park bench? Or how all of the above ends up on cell phone videos that haunt Facebook timelines? The answer has to be that opioids are so addictive that even when people really do want to stop they can’t do it on their own. Rehab facilities alone aren’t able to give them the high heroin or an oxy pill provides, and the allure to keep using is too great, defying all other logic to the contrary.
The opioid epidemic is killing far too many people from all walks of life, and the families of those addicted are emotionally dying alongside them as they try to pry their son, brother, father, mother, sister, aunt or uncle away from the pills and needles – largely unsuccessfully.
So what can we do to fight this disease? What or who can cure it if not rehab facilities alone? There’s only one answer.
Jesus. Jesus, the son of God, God in the flesh, He is the only one that can fix this. I serve a God of miracles. One that can take the most severe of addictions and completely wipe it off the face of this earth, making a totally new person in the process. While opioid addiction is an incredibly powerful force, my God is so much more powerful.
To the addict:
The most successful rehab program of all time, AA, is founded on biblical principals. In fact much of the 12 step program that’s freed countless addicts over the years is based on the bible. Specifically Matthew 5 (sermon on the mount), Matthew 7, 1 Corinthians 13, and the Book of James.
So then it’s age-old wisdom that can free the addict? No, it’s not. It’s a personal relationship with Christ. The bible is God’s word, and it’s profitable beyond measure, the most profitable, wisest book ever written in fact – because it is the inherent word of God. But without the real, actionable, mean-it-from-the-pits-of-your-soul faith in Christ, it’s all for not. Why? Because God calls us to have a saving relationship with Him, and it’s a step of faith you must take.
This is an active relationship. To be indifferent, or say, hey, I’ll believe if it gets me out of this mess, but not mean it, not really believe, that won’t work. To embrace God as the world and pop culture does, as a kind of feel good bellhop that’s there when needed, but happy to turn a blind eye when you want to blow off some steam and do something wrong, that’s not it either. No, the God I’m talking about is a jealous God. He’s the only God, the creator of the universe, and everything in it, and he wants you to genuinely seek Him. To desire to know Him. To come to Him as who you really are, a sinner in need of a saviour, and to do so with commitment. How do I know this? It’s in His word:
17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
See Jesus wants a relationship with you. No matter what you’ve done, He’s here to accept you. Are you ready? Do you think it would be too much to ask Him into your life, and mean it? You’ve tried everything else, and that hasn’t worked. But I am here to tell you my God is a loving God, and He can heal you from your sin. The good news is you can ask God into your heart right now, here today, and it doesn’t cost a thing. It’s free, because Jesus paid the price… Full transcript on our Facebook page – https://goo.gl/HPBz0i
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