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According to another study by "CDC", there were 47,055 deaths caused by some type of drug overdose in 2014. These numbers are sure to increase when 2015 statistics are completed, not to mention that 2016 is off to a record rate thus far. A dramatic 61% (28,647) were from heroin and opioid fatalities. Moreover, deaths from opioids has quadrupled since 2000. In order to get an even more clear picture, feel free to check out the following statistics from the "National Institute on Drug Abuse- Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction" 2014 study.
As a person that has struggled with addiction myself, I am able to bring first hand experience to the table. And what I see is an absolute travesty on our hands here folks. If you were to add the number of deaths caused by drugs/alcohol (approximately 58,000) and the number of deaths by suicide (41,149) that's almost 100,000 deaths between the two, which would account for the sixth largest cause of deaths behind heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, accidents and strokes respectively. These numbers are extremely alarming and should bring an outcry about the rampant problem that America faces today. The government must increase funding to addiction and mental health issues. There is no blue print on how to apprehend this pandemic.
However; I am here to tell you that there truly is one solution. There are plenty of stop gaps that are effective at combatting addiction. Rehabs (Inpatient and outpatient), detox stations, 12 Step Meetings (AA/NA), exercise, nutrition, meditation, education, and many more outlets are good for beginning the process and they remain extremely important. But, when it's all said and done, there remains one infallible solution. This part of the equation requires building a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So the true solution must come from each individual person; they must put their faith and trust in Jesus and he will truly make the way. In order to do this though, it is absolutely imperative to break the chains of the physical addiction and remove yourself from the substance.
There is actually a specific verse in the Bible that reads...(1 Peter 5:8)- "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour." Peter, who was one of Jesus disciples, had the where with all to recognize the importance of being sober. This powerful verse reaffirms that it is absolutely necessary to be free from mind altering substances. Quite frankly, Satan (the devil) will attack everything good in your life in order to sabotage your sobriety. He understands that the minute someone enters addiction for the first time or relapses; that you are once again a puppet on his string. He recognizes the magnitude of sobriety and addiction is one of the greatest tools that he will use to take a person away from God.
In fact, when someone is caught in the web of active addiction, it becomes impossible for someone to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sobriety, is the condition of not having measurable amounts of mood altering substances in one's system. The important thing to note here is that true sobriety is a continued reprieve from a psychoactive drug. The first step in sobriety is abstinence. It is important to note that a person can actually be abstinent and still not be sober. The term for this state would be a "dry drunk" or a "dry addict." What this usually entails is that there is a lack of significant change in a person's behaviors and their true intent is a latent desire to begin using again. When a person wants to truly become sober...they must surrender their will to the care of God, or if a person cannot wrap their mind around that concept, then at least to a God of their understanding.
It is absolutely necessary to turn all of you cares and will over to the care of this higher power. That is the utmost important step in finding a personal relationship with that higher power. And then in doing so, God will direct your way and you can live a life free from addiction that will leave you in a much more desirable piece of mind. So sobriety can also be defined as a "gift." The gift of sobriety enables a person to have the personal relationship and that relationship will continue to mature beyond your wildest dreams. Now, my intent is not to lecture or bore the readers; but instead, my purpose for this post is to give the student true hope. After someone maintains sobriety, it is an absolute must to share the good news to others. Giving people away the good news of what we have, actually makes the personal relationship grow, instead of becoming stagnant.
As a recovering addict, I have made tons of mistakes in my life. But I can honestly tell you that by putting all of this in God's hands has totally removed my desire to alter my mind anymore. And as long as I live by the motto, stay sober one day at a time, my reward is that I get to keep this gift. Upon reviewing (1 Peter 5:8), it seems that God has left a recipe for beating addiction and that we as humans actually make it more difficult. If we want to be free and live a productive life, we must guard our sobriety like we would protect our children. For an addict, true sobriety must be the most important thing in your life in order to move forward in your walk with God.
Because it remains so true, that as soon as the active addiction returns, it is once again impossible to get better. Present addiction means that the person has no choice and cannot...I repeat cannot stop using. If this is not a scary fact then I am not sure what will ever work. And the reason why most addicts must hit a certain rock bottom (it's different for everyone), is that God wants to humble that person. When the person becomes humble they are able to recognize and freely admit that they are powerless over their addiction. And since they have no control over the substance they acknowledge that God can save them if they are willing and actually take steps to have a true relationship with God. All relationships require work and the same holds true here. Once a person enters this relationship they must continue to be vigilant and to overcome obstacles or else they risk losing their sobriety. This is considered a relapse. And hence the vicious cycle of addiction.
In conclusion, there remains only one proven way to end addiction and this process must be done on an individual basis. The formula includes admission that the person is powerless over the substance or process, a willingness to turn all of your will and cares over to the God of your understanding, and then take a process of steps in order to maximize this personal relationship. And then it is extremely important to note that it is absolutely imperative to continue these steps and to preach this message to others in order to maintain the gift. I am very passionate when it comes to beating addiction, so if anyone needs help or has any questions, you can call me anytime at 856-266-8065. I will always be available to help to the best of my ability and if for some reason I cannot resolve the issue, I always can direct someone in the proper direction. As Americans we must continue to battle our adversary as he is cunning and elusive and addiction is the devil's most powerful tool in his armor. That is why we need to put on the armor of God and then you will be safe.
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