by Eric Dunbar
Drug Addiction Is Serious
Drug addiction is a very serious problem in America. Every single day thousands of people are affected by the use of illegal and prescription drugs. The numbers are staggering. More than 570,000 people die annually as a result of drug addiction. That staggering number breaks down to about 440,000 people from disease related instances to tobacco. 85,000 people due to alcohol; 20,000 people due to illicit (illegal) drugs, and more than 20,000 people due to prescription drug addiction.
During the 1980s and 90s the “Just Say No” campaign was introduced by First Lady Nancy Regan as a part of the U.S. “War on Drugs” strategy. This well publicized campaign was a noble effort to discourage our children from using drugs. However, it soon became evident that no one could “Just Say No” to drugs. It’s just not that simple.
Almost everyone agrees that drug addiction is a sickness, but very few people can agree on how this sickness got started, or how it should be treated. One thing is certain: a sickness cannot be cured with counsel alone. Counseling can make you aware of your sickness, but it cannot cure you of your disease. If you had a physical sickness in your body, such as a cold or an infection, you would seek the assistance of a physician rather than seek the advice of a drug counselor.
Now please don’t misunderstand what I am saying. I am not against drug counseling. I have friends, who have been helped through drug counseling, but they are still not cured of their drug addiction, and the primary objective should be to cure your sickness and not just to manage it.
However, there is another approach that will completely cure drug addiction; and get this, it’s free! It wasn’t until I had fully exhausted all of my efforts to rid myself of a drug addiction to the hideous drug crack-cocaine, that at the request of a dear friend, I sought the help of the Physician of physicians. When I did, I was completely healed of my addiction. That was twenty years ago. That Physician’s name is Jesus.
I have talked with drug addicts, many of them personal friends, who have been to several drug rehabilitation programs, and each time they graduated with honors, but as soon as they returned to normal life many of them returned to their drug addiction, and some even grew worse.
Why do you think suppose this happened? Is it because they never learned the lesson in the rehab facility, or is it because they were never healed of their addiction in the first place? After twenty hears of thinking about it, I have surmised that only Jesus has the power to completely heal you of drug addiction.
The Bible says that sickness is oppression from the devil. The Bible also says that Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38),and that He came to give us more abundant life, that is, a better quality of life (John 10:10). Because of Jesus, I am totally healed of my drug addiction, and I am free to live my life without worrying about whether I will ever smoke crack again. I can truly say that I have been set free forever.