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Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Wow is all you can say!

When you read headlines like “Feds Seize Enough Fentanyl in 2018 to Kill Nearly Twice the U.S. Population.” ( It is time for America to take notice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to report increasing numbers of people dying from Opiate related death, some organization and agency reporting as high as 75,000 per year, over recent years. The reality is that anyone one of us could be a part of these numbers if we use an Opiate without doctor supervision and for an extended period of time.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, more addictive than Heroin or Morphine, and deadlier than any drug we have seen in history. When I had my knee replacements several years ago, I was given Fentanyl for the pain, and the relieve was great. However, the fear of addiction was even greater. The Reality is that I could have learned to love that feeling of utopia and knowing that right then nothing in the world mattered. I only used the fentanyl a few times, and then moved to OxyContin which is also and opiate and eventually of the drugs over short periods of time.  The reality is that Opiates of any kind our not met to be a permit solution to pain, they are a temporary solution to get through a temporary crisis.  It was imperative that I had the support of family, friends, and church to help remain focus on my recovery from the surgery with the limited use of Pain Medication.

Over the past 27 years that I have been an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Pastor I have counseled, prayed with, and attempted to help 1000’s of addicts many addicted to Opioids.  Reality is that we have a national epidemic and the CHURCH must step up and help! Not with a judgmental attitude, but with a heart of compassion. In my book “Drug Epidemic: Impact on Families and Churches” I attempt to help the church find it voice and be a part of the solution. Three things that I believe are so relevant for the church in this crisis!

1.      Understand the facts of drugs and addiction, not simply what you read in the newspaper, hear from the pulpit, or from your personal experience.

2.     Understand that God has a journey and healing for every addict, and it maybe not be the same path or journey God took you on. Some individuals may need to walk through Recovery and learn the tools to remain sober, other may have a divine intervention. However, whichever God chooses the outcome sought is always the same sobriety and disciple them in their walk with HIM (Christ).

3.       Pray, Pray, and Pray some more! Some one told me recently that is to simple! I have come to conclusion that God likes simple. Two things I have learned about prayer! (1) God promise to help me or someone I’m praying for when I pray! (2) I can’t be judging them when my heart is in prayer for them. Pray for God perfect solution for their recovery not my opinion.

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