“Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
“His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you.” 1 John 4:10
“I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love.” Romans 8:31-32
“If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me.” 1 John 2:23
“And nothing will ever separate you from my love again.” Romans 8.38-39
“Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen.” Luke 15:7
“I have always been Father, and will always be Father”. Ephesians 3:14-15
“My question is: Will you be my child?” John 1:12-13
“I am waiting for you.” Luke 15:11-12
The raging problem of addiction to pain killers and subsequent heroin addiction, is sweeping across the United Sates like a wildfire out of control. The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a tragic loss. Thousands of addicts die every month, but when someone famous dies of addiction, people finally start to pay attention. Mr. Hoffman started out with pain killers, and then escalated to the drug that killed him, heroin.
Here is some important information from Time magazine:
What is happening is that people are getting addicted to pain killers and then when their prescriptions run out they are going the the black market and internet to purchase pain killers. As their tolerance for the drug increases, they must do more to get the same high. They are crushing and dissolving the pills and injecting them directly into their veins.
Time magazine indicates that the CDC has linked outbreaks of the Hepatitis C virus in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia and it is spreading rapidly across the country. There has been a sharp rise in HIV as needles are shared during the injection of dissolved pain killers.
“Of the 9.4 million Americans who take opioids for long term pain, 2.1 million are hooked and are in danger of of turning to the black market. Four out of five heroin addicts say that they came to the drug from prescription pain killers.” That is, 80 percent started with pain killers and then escalated to heroin. “An average of 46 Americans die every day from prescription-opioid overdoses and heroin deaths have more than doubled to 8,000 a year in 2010.”
Heroin doesn’t discriminate. Its use is up 75% in the past few years. In reality, Mr. Hoffman struggled with depression most of his life. Addicts don’t want to be addicts, and addicts don’t want to die. Drugs are a symptom of an underlying problem. Phillip’s underlying problem was depression and wanting to feel better. Addicts “self-medicate” to feel normal or to erase the pain that they feel emotionally, physically or spiritually. When I was growing up, I felt different, like I was on the outside looking in. I always wondered if other people felt the way that I did. I later found out that yes, all of the addicts that I talked to felt like I did. Addicts are willing to go to any lengths to feel “normal” again.
They experiment with different chemicals or geographical cures or relationships to keep ahead of the pain that chases them. More than 24 million people aged 12 or older suffer from drug addiction and only 10% get treatment. In the past 20 years, the number of addicts in America has increased by more than 500%. In high school, I began to experience the symptoms of manic depression, although I had no idea what it was or how it might affect me. All I knew was that when I smoked marijuana and drank beer, my energy levels increased and I felt calm and powerful. I no longer felt like I was on the outside looking in. So for me, chemicals made me feel normal, so I kept on doing them.
Recovery is intense and difficult and joyous all at the same time. Relapses are part of the disease of addition, but they are not part of recovery. I went to 13 treatment centers and therefore I had 13 relapses. Each relapse was worse than the last one, because addiction is a progressive disease that never gets better, only worse, as long as the addict continues to use. Addiction is like buying a ticket for a long painful train ride that has only one final destination—death. We can get off at any one of the railroad stations along the way, but the longer we wait, the harder it gets.
The disease of addiction is like a living, breathing demon that has but one priority—our slow or our fast destruction. Recovery involves forgiveness on both sides and patience as the addict comes out of the grip of addiction. The disease of addiction is mental, spiritual, emotional and physical and it attacks us all at the same time. The effect is incomprehensible demoralization and the overwhelming of our minds, bodies and spirits. We will need healing in each of these areas, if we are to get and stay sober and be free once again.
Here is a quote from my published book, “Saved By The Prince Of Peace—Dungeon To Sky”. From the chapter, “ A Day In The Life”:
“Jesus has given me the strength, courage and faith to move out of this dark place and back into the light of sobriety.” If I can get sober after 13 treatment centers and one year of homelessness living outside on the streets of Denver, Colorado, then ANYONE CAN GET SOBER! I Pray that you will receive Peace, Love and Happiness while you help other addicts to live. Jesus Loves You!
The good news is that I am now helping other addicts to achieve freedom from chemicals and to enjoy a new life of peace and sobriety. Today, I am helping other addicts by writing blogs, publishing my book, doing public speaking and giving addicts the gift of hope and encouragement. If I can recover, anyone can recover. I know, because I have been to Hell and back, and I know the power of Jesus who saved me.
I invite you to read my book. The title of my published book is: “Saved By The Prince Of Peace—Dungeon To Sky.”
Please visit my website: http://www.dungeontosky.com
My Facebook page for the book is: https://www.facebook.com/dungeontosky
Peace, Love and Hope to you!