Scripture, our main source of wisdom, warns us of our tongue, even tells us to control our thoughts. Why? When we don’t, we’re a danger to ourselves and others.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, one of my favorite actors, was found dead with a needle still in his vein; his children suffer most. He just slipped away, … but not-so-quietly; – the news media is all over this — CNN is taking the normal liberal, atheist line on it – claiming addiction’s, a “disease”!
Hoffman was recently interviewed talking about his recent addiction battle — solidifying his mindset — admitting he loved the “high”. That should’ve been a warning!
Whenever I find myself thinking about what I liked about drug use, I must switch thoughts immediately!
I must, … or forgetting the “lost years and the horribly damaged relationships, … I find I desire it again. I’ve found I cannot allow myself to go there again; I also hurt others when I did drugs.
I knew not to go to heroin, like Hoffman did! I knew I had … still have, an ‘addictive personality’, but in no way is substance abuse a disease! A proclivity? Sure, but it’s more an issue of willpower.
32 years clean, … and I desire to get high to this day! I was addicted to the pot; when (out of a renewed love for others [my children]) I quit, but I estimate it took 2 to 2 and a half years for the active ingredients (THC metabolites) to completely wash out of my system — until then, I constantly had that “down-feeling” reminding me how the pot made me feel “better”, but now that I’m this far from it, I can look back and “see” that it wasn’t a matter of getting “high”, rather, it was a matter of, … just ‘getting back to normal’!
I’d been a happy person, but had gone to getting “high” when I went through divorce — having lost what was of import to me, I didn’t care … I’d lost what kept me “on focus” – responsible, however you want to say it – I’d lost my family whom I loved desperately and I just didn’t care what the consequences were to me; I became more “self-centered” – the common tread amongst all users.
Now, as the THC in pot has skyrocketed, from 1-2% back in the early 70’s, to (with some strains) up to 35%, we’re about to become more aware of the myths of marijuana … they’ll fall away as the general public begins to note that virtually all the school shootings, etc. are users and that Washington and Colorado are extremely destructive experiments … and the malcontents rush to try and spread the “reefer madness” to the other 48 …
Do we need another legalized drug in America? Alcohol washes out of our system within hours. Heavy users, store pot’s metabolites in the stored fat cells, … to slip back into the bloodstream when those cells are burned, sometimes weeks, months or years later – that’s the draw to get high … its physiological ramifications.
The other, more important ramifications are the changes to the persona – the way one thinks, … who one is!
If CNN is correct and addiction is a disease, it’d best be described as a disease of the soul … a hole in the soul of those who don’t like who they are yet, and all too often, it’s just because they’re too young to know —and now, they voluntarily stunt their development and will permanently reside in that ‘state of discontent’, that “Reefer Madness” we now find out was just an accelerated view !
Users can’t see it, but their families can; loved ones know full well, the damage drugs do; they try to pick up the pieces, and love from afar – too bad they don’t use their tongues early on, to help prevent their little ones from going that direction.
My older son’s clean and sober 11 years now; my youngest is fine – who I quit for when I realized, I’d been a poor role model for … and (out of remorse) and love for my other two children … the reason I worked against drugs for the last 3 decades, … it’s still impossible to completely dispel the pain – please continue to pray for my daughter …