Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Five Thoughts on Serving People Escaping Addiction in Colorado

Over the last week, all of us at Bud's Warehouse have been reminded how difficult it is to serve people rebuilding lives from addiction. Sometimes, sadly, drug abuse ends badly. And when it does, individuals who are dedicated to helping others often take it very hard. There's never easy answers when someone so very young with a lot of promise leaves behind two young children. 

A couple of thoughts:

Addiction is a terrible foe. It takes both individual choice and God's grace for someone to overcome the grip of drug abuse. 

It saddens me that at the same time deaths from drug abuse seem to be rising, my state, Colorado, is in the midst of a group celebration of the legalization of marijuana. While this drug may not be as dangerous as others, do not be fooled into believing that its legalization will not damage lives in Colorado. Some will try this drug who otherwise would not have and will slip into other types of abuse. People who use marijuana will get hurt on the job and will injure other people while driving. And who knows the long-term consequences of THC in terms of mental illness and cancers. I wonder how all the people jumping into the marijuana production industry sleep at night with the negative impacts they are causing? I guess that question answers itself. How else do we drug ourselves out of a conscious?

People who help others escape addiction also need to walk by God's grace. Every recovery is messy and will never be accomplished perfectly. The important thing is to keep trying. Individuals created in the image of God deserve our love and our caring efforts. 

And in the end it comes down to choice. People have to choose to want to be better. But when we reach out in love, when we support each other in community, and when we remind each other of the love of Christ that choice becomes easier to make and maintain.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jim,

I felt compelled to address a few of your points after reading your blog.

Sometimes, sadly, natural disasters (aka "acts of god") also end badly and leave children orphaned. It is sad no matter how it happens - cancer, auto wreck, non-addiction related suicide, heart attack, etc.

I am in the marijuana production industry and I sleep very well at night, most nights sober. I know most people use my products responsibly with positive benefits and less side effects than prescription drugs. I'm sure the fast food industry employees sleep well too even though their industry does a lot more damage to the health of individuals and our society than the legal marijuana industry. What about people in the firearms industry? Or the pharmaceutical industry? I wonder how the Westboro Baptist people sleep at night...

It's easy to say that it "seems" like drug overdose deaths are increasing but you will have a very difficult time finding statistics to support that statement. It is alarming that heroine use is on the rise the last few years but the DEA says that is a direct result of their crackdown on prescription opiates being distributed illegally.

I completely agree that there will be detrimental fallout from legalized marijuana but it will be minute compared to the damage caused by GMO's in our food, radiation from broken nuclear power plants, oil pipeline spills, children's vaccinations that cause Downs Syndrome, etc.

I don't believe at all that the "demon" that causes addiction is drugs. People are addicted to money, sex, cleaning, TV, working out, food, hoarding & thousands of other things. When they lose control of their addiction, the results are about the same as drug addiction - job loss, wrecked families and any thing else up to & including death and leaving orphaned children.

You and your entire organization does very noble work and you are all to be commended. I'm sure the positive stories of the people you help outnumber the tragic ones by a wide margin. Reflect on all the good you have done over the years and will do in to the future. You won't be able to help/save them all but the positives will carry through for generations.

Please continue the great work you have started!

Scott Holland