Free from the Stronghold of Drug Addiction
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
A source claims James Holmes, Aurora, Colorado shooting suspect, took prescription drug before the attack.
Violence is a documented side-effect of withdrawal from psychiatric drugs. There is no question that psychiatric drugs create violence. When you marry these poisons with the toxic psychological programs in schools today which destroy the concept of right and wrong you have a recipe for disaster.
Like many other strongholds the media is partially responsible for encouraging the thought process that can lead to drug addiction. Drugs are fed to us as the answer to whatever physical or emotional problems we have. Those who choose drugs in place of a stable healthy lifestyle, and faith in Jesus Christ are quickly disappointed and disillusioned.
To remedy this disillusionment advertisers and drug manufacturers offer alternatives–bigger and better sickness relievers. Each time we give in to using the newer, more effective drug solution, we are augmenting our natural defenses and God given ability to fight disease. Our bodies now must deal with the toxic effects of the drug we have ingested to chase away the previous illness.
When our habits become addictive patterns and we reach for a drug as the answer, a stronghold of addiction takes over. Unlike addiction to games, or to certain lifestyles, drug addiction, like carbohydrate addiction, can cause chemical dependency that takes over our lives as it takes over our physical bodies.
People of all ages are being drugged by doctors, institutions, and by encouragement from suppliers advocating self-medication as the answer to all illness. The drug industry is a trillion dollar industry. Ongoing diseases are its bread and butter, or more clearly, its Rolls-Royces, jets, and mansions.
Doctors treat symptoms with drugs and then they recommend or give prescriptions for other drugs in an effort to alleviate the side effects caused by the original drug. In effect they layer one drug on another. This causes more symptoms, drug interactions, and the need for more drugs.
Doctors can’t heal, neither can drugs. Research has concluded that ADRs (adverse drug reactions) are now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease, cancer, and stroke*.
So what can be done to live a long, healthy, stable lifestyle and avoid the perceived need or use of drugs? Where do we find healing?
5 Biblical tips to overcome drug addiction:1. Concentrate first on your thoughts. A life lived away from God, even in thought, is a life lived closer to sin. Sin kills, steals and destroys us.
Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Psalm 15:1-2 Lord, who shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill? 2 He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart,
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ( think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
2. Receive Christ. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. God heals our diseases and forgive our sins through Jesus Christ. When we turn our problems over to God the Father through Jesus Christ we remove much of the stress that causes emotional pain and sickness. See: Free to be Grateful — Chase Pain Away.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
3. Ask God to free you from any and every addiction. Once you’ve received Christ your lifestyle changes and many addictions and sinful patterns also change. Whatever you are struggling with has already been paid for by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.
John 16:24 Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
4. Use medication sparingly and only as a last resort, keeping the word of God and God’s will in mind. Seek out a doctor who believes in Jesus Christ and his healing power, and prays for his/her patients–one who medicates sparingly. Clean air, water, and rest will aid our body’s God given natural healing process.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard that, he said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor; those who are sick do. I’ve come to call sinners, not people who think they don’t have any flaws.”
Mark 5:26 Although she had been under the care of many doctors and had spent all her money, she had not been helped at all. Actually, she had become worse.
James 5:15 (Prayers offered in faith will save those who are sick, and the Lord will cure them.) If you have sinned, you will be forgiven.
5. Refrain from sin, from worry, and from religious bondage. Jesus has set you free. Use this freedom to do good, teach others about the good news, and live a tempered life free from stress and sin.
1 Timothy 5:22-23 If a person is involved in some serious sins, you don’t want to become an unwitting accomplice. In any event, keep a close check on yourself. And don’t worry too much about what the critics will say. Go ahead and drink a little wine, for instance; it’s good for your digestion, good medicine for what ails you.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
* Incidence of Adverse Drug Reactions in Hospitalized Patients, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1200-05. Also Bates, David W., Drugs and Adverse Drug Reactions: How Worried Should We Be? JAMA, Vol. 279. April 15, 1998, pp. 1216-17.
This blog post does not address vitamin supplements or the medication that is needed in serious, life threatening conditions. It addresses the overuse of drugs in any and all circumstances including drugs prescribed by doctors, drugs sold over the counter, and illegal drugs taken by people who have an emotional and psychological need for healing through Jesus Christ.