Christian drug addiction is a heartbreaking experience for individuals, their families, and churches. No one intentionally sets out to become a full-fledged drug addict or alcoholic. Yet despite all the warnings millions of people become addicts. Why? Because prior to that first puff, snort, or drink, the mind has already been self deceived by thinking: “I won’t become addicted, I know when to stop or I can handle a few drinks or getting high a few times.”
Every day it seems like the same thing. You come home and your loved one is high on marijuana or cocaine or has been drinking heavily. Your partner could even be addicted to painkillers.
There is a great deal of wisdom in the old saying, life is as hard as you make it. This truism definitely applies to life in recovery from addiction. The attitude and behavior of the individual will make a real difference to how they experience things.
When it comes to acknowledging the opioid epidemic, the U.S. has been faced with some harsh realities over the past several months. Perhaps most notable is a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicates the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 is now accidental death by drug overdose. The 2016 count of lives lost exceeds 64,000, a 19 percent increase from the previous year's 52,000. These figures are heartbreaking.
In our world today, it’s frowned upon to be a valiant man of God. It’s frowned upon to be bold in who God created you to be as a man. Our culture wants Christian men to go to their weekly church services and live a “politically correct” life outside of the church walls.