In her blog “Faith can be the difference in fighting addiction,” Debra Chew makes it clear that faith is not blind trust in God or wishful thinking, but a clear understanding of the relationship of man to God as all powerful good. Debra’s article was first published on July 30, 2016 in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
No matter where I reside, I am always happy to get news from “back home.” However, the recent news was not good. An online site listed my hometown area as No. 1 on its list of top 10 cities for opioid overdoses — And, it listed my current city as No. 8.
A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 44 percent of Americans know someone who is addicted to opioid painkillers. To bring more awareness to what is being called a “nationwide opioid epidemic,” CBS News started a series entitled, “In The Shadow of Death: Jason’s Journey.” It’s about a 30-year-old Boston man who started experimenting with the expensive painkiller OxyContin when he was in college and soon after became addicted to heroin. The series is following him through rehab as he tries to find freedom from addiction.
Jason’s story is all too familiar. Sadly, most people suffering from addiction only find treatments that act as coping mechanisms, helping them sometimes temporarily to avoid relapse but never really curing the addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 40-60 percent of addicts relapse from their treatment plans and recovery back into former habits of addiction.