I think it’s about time that we understand why and find the way out of this pre-eminent plague assailing this instructed world. Year round, many millions slip down the shifty road to alcohol and drug abuse into addiction, illness, crime and death. Heroin, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs have swept through almost every major society. Developed and underdeveloped nations alike are plagued with drug problems.
Something is missing in the cultures, values and knowledge of all nations today. Instead of being taught to look for, and to deal with the true causes of human problems, most of us have been educated -- literally conditioned by our cultures -- to look to drugs and chemicals to solve almost every problem. Drugs and alcohol are never real or lasting solutions to our problems; many drugs temporarily allow one to avoid facing and dealing with the true causes of problems. But the drug-taking, in turn, often creates additional serious problems
Wouldn’t it be so much better if, as much as possible, we would cope with our stress and emotional problems without the cost and side effects of drugs or alcohol? A whole generation of misguided humans seeks false chemical tranquility and hope that is available. What have we been overlooking physically and spiritually that will help in finding solutions to or coping with our problems?
How then did the modern world become overwhelmed with drugs? Why the drug explosion among youth and adults in all social classes? Why do so many in almost every society turn to drugs or alcohol as solutions to life’s problems? Why do so many of us not possess the emotional and physical resources to cope with human problems and difficulties?
Has life become dull, or lost meaning and purpose to you? Have you failed to find the joys of hope and peace of mind in life? Have you assumed there is no other hope or alternative but mind altering drugs or alcohol to cope with your problems, anxieties and fears?
It doesn’t matter whether nations are materially prosperous or poverty stricken. It doesn’t matter what their economic system or political ideology or their religion – or lack of it. The fact is government east, west, north and south; educational systems primitive and modern, and major religions have all failed to stem the tide of drug and alcohol abuse.
If you are ensnared in the drug trap, it is time you learned to solve your personal problems through available human and through contact with God, rather than escaping in drugs or alcohol. Most addicts and alcoholics have spent a lifetime of denial.
Denial that they have become sick. Denial that they can be helped. They have not had sustaining faith in anything. Only when they finally learn of the strength of spirituality, instead of self-indulging carnality, are they beginning the journey on the road back.