I've seen what chemical dependency can do to a person's life, I've seen what alcohol, drugs and addiction to anything can do to not only a person, but his or her family and friends as well. I share this week's article not only as an former Internationally Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, but more importantly, as an ordained Christian Minister who has personally witnessed both the suffering of Heroin addicts, but seen Heroin addicts set free from the bondage's of it's use as well.
For many years now, I have seen how chemicals have hurt and killed folks, Heroin included. I have seen the dead bodies, those that overdosed with a needle remaining in their lifeless bodies as their bodies turned blue. I have seen with my own two eyes, all to many a Heroin users life snuffed out and another family devastated. All to often I have endured to witness yet another funeral where all because of Heroin and other drugs, families and friends have gathered to bury another young person who had their whole life ahead of them, but instead died from a Heroin overdose.
It sucks, the pain, the suffering of addiction to Heroin or any drug for that matter, including alcohol. Addiction to alcohol and drugs has always brought negativity with it, but right now here in America, we see yet another cycle of Heroin as being the drug of choice and this time, it's not just young folks, it's the middle aged and elderly as well. Cheap Heroin has invaded America and as you may very well be already aware, addiction does not discriminate. Chemicals. especially Heroin will snuff out your life whether you are male or female, Black, White Asian, Latino, Native, It doesn't matter. You use Heroin, at some point, and more sooner than later, it will take your life. Heroin my friends is a
very dangerous drug and Americans from all spectrum's of our society, are getting hooked on it.
very dangerous drug and Americans from all spectrum's of our society, are getting hooked on it.
As I mentioned earlier in this article, I am a former Internationally Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. I have seen many try to get clean from addictions, but never could. During my lengthy career helping folks as a counselor, I have sent literally thousands of clients and or patients to Alcoholics, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Al-Anon and many other types of 12-Step Meetings, all in an effort to get them help and support for their sobriety. Most of them only only found themselves in jail or worse, dead. As much as I believe some people who belong to 12-Step Groups have beautiful hearts wanting themselves and others to get clean, most addicts and alcoholics fail, that is, and the truth told here, they relapse more sooner than later. That is a fact, and the fact of addiction being very difficult to beat, especially Heroin addiction, is perhaps one of the most difficult to overcome. Not impossible mind you, but few have been able to stop using completely, especially without being urge free from wanting to use again and again and again.
If you have ever heard of Methadone "treatment" for Heroin users, Methadone is a joke. I don't say this is a joke because Methadone is a laughing matter. No, I state this because Methadone was designed as a short term program where an Heroin addict allegedly gets clean over a one year time span or so, but in reality with Methadone use, sobriety is rarely, if ever achieved. Methadone is just another chemical that is quite addicting and addicts get do get high off of. Most Heroin addicts end up being prescribed Methadone for twenty plus years and have become addicted to Methadone instead of the Heroin. If you know anyone in a Methadone Program, ask them how many years they or other Methadone Program clients they know have been involved with using this chemical. Many will tell you that they have been "treated" with Methadone(still getting high) for much longer than the one year subscribed. Methadone is just another drug replacing another.
So what is left? What works all the time to get drug dependent people off of drugs, including Heroin? I can confidentially share with you that there is only one thing that I have actually witnessed work to get people clean and sober 100% of the time. What is that cure you ask? His name is Jesus. Now before you get your undies all wadded up because I mentioned the name of Jesus, stick with me here for the remainder of this article... I have traveled the world, prayed over thousands of sick, hurt, lonely and yes, chemically addicted folks. I have the right and the privilege to tell you that I can easily compare the thousands of chemically addicted(Heroin included) that I treated as an Internationally Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor vs. me now as a an Ordained Christian Minister who has prayed over other thousands. I can tell you factually and as well without hesitation, that I have seen many more folks healed from chemical use(Heroin as well) through Jesus than compared with those who attended any sort of Chemical Dependency Treatment Program(s) and or 12-Step Meetings. There is no comparison, Jesus healed 100% of the time compared to approximately 15% of those who gained sobriety through the use of repeated attempts at treatment programs and life long 12-Steg Group meeting attendance.
Granted most of those healings where I prayed for and witnessed were seen outside of the USA, but that makes sense to me and maybe will make sense to you also, especially in light of the fact that if you are at all resistant to accepting that Jesus even exists, no less heals, you will never receive your healing from Him. The healings I witnessed occurred outside America because most folks outside the West, still believe in Jesus and His working power. Not so here in America and the West. Most here have no faith that God of the Bible even exists, so because of that, the only thing that is left for Americans are the heavily unsuccessful 12-Step Group Meetings and or Treatment Programs that rarely work. Not only do Americans resist believing in Jesus and His healing, they also often resist getting clean in the first place, which is yet another barrier to seeing Americans being delivered from Heroin(and all chemical) use. If you ask any alcoholic and or addict if they really want to be clean and sober(in a non-threatening environment to their on-going chemical use), they will probably tell you, "no, not really" if they are honest. And that my friend is a heart issue. Overseas where I have seen many being healed, people were desperate. There was no money or government money set aside for Chemical Dependency Treatment. In those countries, you had to be desperate to be clean and sober. In the West, most have no real desire to be clean and sober until either they either hit rock bottom, lose everything 500 times over, or, it's to late, they are already dead.
So there you have it, Jesus heals and that's the easy part. Sadly however, the difficult part is getting Americans to a place where they truly want sobriety, and they want to live a life totally free without the urges of going back to chemical use including Heroin. This is a place where they don't have to have sponsors, and go to weekly 12-Step Group meetings anymore. The Heroin Epidemic is quite fixable if Americans really and truly want it. The question is, do Americans have the true heart felt faith to truly and totally surrender their lives to Jesus who will take away their urges and addictions to Heroin and or anything else that ails and plagues them? Honestly, I do not believe most Heroin addicts want to be free from their emotion, physical, spiritual pain and addiction.
Jesus is available 24 hours a day. No appointment is necessary to reach Him. If you are addicted to any substance, or have need for a healing for something in your life and not sure how to reach Jesus, just pray and ask Him for help. If you wish, find a true Bible believing church and ask the pastor to pray over you. Have him anoint you with oil and pray healing and restoration of your heart, mind, body and soul to Jesus. Yes, and again, it's really that simple. The hard part is you(anyone), having arrive at the place where you totally surrender your life/will to Him and have the faith to receive that healing from Him. Are you tired of the Heroin, drugs, alcohol, sin and or anything else negative in your life? Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? If you are, your healing is waiting for you. Go to Jesus with your measure of faith to be healed in Jesus' Name.
Luke 8:43-48 "Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, 'Who touched Me?'
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, 'Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’
46 But Jesus said, 'Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.' 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, 'Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.
Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor
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