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Houston We Have A Problem

Houston, we have a problem. From space, looking at the earth, we see a drug abuse problem. We can even see it from the moon!

Signs outside the Levittown-Fairless Hills rescue squad show the extent of the problem in the greater Levittown, PA vicinity. From the squad’s Facebook page:

Updated Overdose Numbers are 163 Overdoses with 18 deaths. Since 2016 we have had a total of 786 overdoses and 72 deaths in our coverage area which is Levittown, Fairless Hills, Bristol Township, Tullytown, parts of Morrisville and Yardley. This continues to be an epidemic in our area. If you know someone that wants help please contact Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc at 1-800-662-4357 (HELP) #overdoses #epidemic #ems #ems911 #gethelp #addiction #roadtorecovery #lfhrs

The drug abuse problem is everywhere and has become astronomical!

What do we do with the drunken sailor?

That’s a relatively simple question. You put a drunken sailor in the brig until he gets sober! Resolving the drug abuse epidemic is not as simple. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men have been having trouble putting broken people back together again! Everyone knows there is a problem, but the question is what is the best way to deal with it?

To help rescue people from their destructive behavior, the voluntary slavery of drug addiction, the faith community has been reaching out with events, regular meetings, and other resources. “The Faith Community and Addiction – What You Can Do” was the subject of Faith Summit II held at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA on October 13, 2018. There were testimonies from redeemed drug users and appeals from various speakers for the Christian community to reach out and welcome addicts into their fold to help them. A speaker related how he started a Bible-based group where addicts help one another then brought the program to a church.

The initiatives in the faith community entail people helping one another, redeemed addicts helping those still struggling with the problem and others who have had other issues (as we all do to one degree or another) and want to help. I’ve been attending programs and events of one such organization, Conquering Life Prison and Recovery Ministries (CLPRM), headquartered in Feasterville, PA.

CLPRM is gearing up and conducting fundraising for the 7th annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest & Relapse Prevention on September 14. The event is being funded by private organizations where people just want to help people conquer the voluntary slavery of addiction and are doing it without pay.

The politicians and the government had their chance. It’s about time we the people decide the best way to help people conquer their voluntary slavery of addiction. Abusing drugs is a choice (why do you think they call it dope?). How to best help addicts should also be a choice. We need more accountability for anti-drug programs as well as for the addicts. If, as the modern mantra goes, which politicians like to spout, drug addiction is a disease, then they can’t help themselves. Well, we can help them help themselves!

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