Here where I live, Heroin use is rampant. Lives are being destroyed as the drug takes the person and changes them little at a time. People end up doing things they and their loved ones never would have imagined, just to get the drug. People die.
For those entrapped in it, it is a vicious merciless circle, robbing people years of their lives. It robs their children, their friends, their family. Everybody who knows them is affected by their addiction/sin. I choose to call it sin. Some will try and dress it up like society is doing by calling it an “addiction”. But if you are one who confesses believing in God, if you have made Him your plumb line/standard as to what truth is, you will call it sin. It is not a disease, as society teaches. It causes disease, but in and of itself, it is not a disease. It is sin. A person can be born with a disease. But as of yet, I have not met one single person born with a bottle of booze or a doobie or a needle in their hands.
I’ve known people who have gone through programs (some forced upon them by the court system) and perhaps for a season they do well. I had one friend who went into a treatment program, came out and told me, “I can never touch a pain pill for as long as I live, no matter what kind of pain I am in.” I felt really awful for her, because I can not imagine having to deal with pain without relief of some kind. Yet, this is what happens sometimes. My friend was very honest with me. She never called it a disease. She called it what it was — sin. Many times I tried to help her, but too many times, the physical pain she dealt with, took her back to the drugs. Yet, she still had a desire to follow Jesus.
Another person I have known since our childhood is so far gone, there truly seems no way of reaching her. She has made many bad choices in her life and refuses to be honest with herself, let alone others. These people you probably can not help, as they have decided they want no help. They will make excuse after excuse, going back decades to find blame, if they have to, just as long as they do not have to take any responsibility for their actions.
The “just say no,” thingy does not seem to be working in a lot of cases. Why is that? For one reason, saying “no” and not willing to cut yourself off from the very people and places that put you in the situation, is fatal. I’m aware and am familiar with a sense of camaraderie among those who are doing the same things as you. You have a sense of belonging, a sense of friendship that causes you to feel if you walk away, you are not being loyal. You may even think after going through some kind of program, “I’m going to keep this circle of friends, because I want to help them.” When the truth is, more than likely you will find yourself back doing the same thing. If you really want to help them, you will stay away from them. Because more than likely, your behavior has not and is not any better than those you have run with. So you would be just as bad as an influence.
It has broken my heart to see what this drug is doing. It breaks my heart to see how the children are affected. Confused and frightened they watch their parents change from once loving-all giving, to one where the lust for a drug consumes them. Parents sometimes end up hocking the children’s things, just so they can get that next fix. The Heroin addict steals, lies, may even prostitute themselves, and would even sell their own soul, and in most cases — have, without knowing it.
I believe God can deliver a person instantly. However, I’m not going to tell a drug addict “Just believe”, and then walk away from them, like we Christians sometimes do. Perhaps, He would have me sit with you while you puke your guts out, hold you when you are trembling. Maybe He would have me wet your brow or give you a cool drink. Sit up with you all night. Or even clean up your vomit. None of which is a pretty thing to witness. But too many times, we Christians offer what we think is a pat answer, a weak powerless cure-all. We want God to miraculously move — because face it, a lot of times, we ourselves just do not want to deal with something. Some call that faith. I call it unloving, self-centered, weak and cowardly.
Can and does God move upon someone? Can He free them from something so strong as Heroin? Absolutely. He said: Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. — John 8:36 —
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” — John 8:31,32 —
To those Christians who right now are saying, but RH, there are programs for these people: Yes, there are. But do you have any idea the hoops these people have to jump through during and after treatment? Many times, after getting out of treatment, they may get a job–trying to get back on their feet again, without Heroin, only to find out somehow that somebody of great importance takes it upon themselves to put them back in treatment again! This is nothing more than KEEPING people in bondage. They may be given an injection of some kind of drug that lasts for a month to keep away the desire of Heroin. Do you have any idea what that costs? $800.00 a month, but then it just might go up to $1,200! For once, I am going to forget for right now, what that costs the tax payer. I’m more concerned about those who have become slaves from one drug to another, from one form of bondage to another. And the Church — of all people — should be able to see it!
The Christian’s role in this? It is one of giving the addict truth and hope, pointing them to Jesus who sets people free. It may or may not happen in the blink of an eye. Both Christian and addict need to know, that sometimes it can be a process. A person does not fall into darkness over night. It happens gradually and before you know it, you may find yourself in such a pit of utter darkness, and you wake up one day and ask yourself, what have I become? The lies that brought you in that darkness, need to be stripped away. It can be slow and painful, as you are being stripped of yourself and seeing what lies beneath. You will not have that narcotic of numbing what you are about to see. You will find both good and bad. Good at what God meant you to be. And bad for what you have become.
The drug addicts role: Just start by being honest. I have faith that it will be Jesus and Him alone who will bring you from darkness to light. And if you let me in your world, I will do everything possible to see you set free!