The Cross & The Culture: Drug Addiction, It’s Complicated
Apr 3rd, 2020 by Thomas Irvin
Missionary Papers, The Cross & The Culture:
Drug Addiction: It’s Complicated
Drug use is unfortunately in large demand. From legal use, a result of manipulating doctors to receive the desired prescription. To the illegal user that knows which street corner to find their dealer. Drug use is actually a very complex phenomenon extent amongst mankind, and far too common. When I write or speak on such issues, I have two desires in mind. First is simplicity, breaking down situations or ideas into simple terms often exposes them. Secondly, in my desire to achieve simplicity, I don’t want to belittle the complexity that might exist. Loss of proper balance between the two can create misinformation regarding drug use and can cause users to perceive a lack of necessary compassion for their situation.
In the social media age, inaccuracies dominate the airwaves. Agenda along with politically charged philosophical postulates prevail over truth. In a world led by feelings, in defiance to facts, ideas regarding addiction have become perplexed. Realities based in evidence are replaced by stereotypes steeped in misinformation. Philosophies regarding addiction are formulated from the responsive opinions of addicts. The ability and willingness of addicts to manipulate are all too well known, thus forming theory regarding treatments from such input is absurd. But, welcome to 2020.
Reliance on responses and opinions of addicts as factors for treatment fails to balance that reliance by considering the motivation for such responses and opinions. Reviewing behavior in light of verbal response is very telling. For instance, an addict will often, in dramatic performance, explain how addiction is impossible for them to overcome. Yet, when a police officer enters the scene, they are suddenly able to put their addiction away. I once had a friend ask me what I think should happen to a mentally handicapped individual that performs some heinous criminal act. The basis of the scenario emanated from an assumption the mental handicap rendered the person incapable of understanding the evils they had performed. I asked my friend in response, “Did he do it in the open to be seen or did he hide as to make sure he was unseen?” If he did it openly, in full view of society, that might suggest to me the person may have lacked necessary understanding. Though it certainly is not definitively true. If the evil was performed in such a way as to hide, it suggests they understood full well the wrong to which they had employed themselves. Behavior matters greatly, what people say unfortunately is often unreliable. Especially in situations regarding addiction, with addiction comes the learned ability to manipulate.
As a result of this line of thinking, backed by biblical principles, I subscribe to an unpopular view regarding drug addiction. I hold to the idea that drug use is a choice made by an individual. Drug addiction is the result of a series of choices to maintain use over an extended period of time. I don’t believe it can be demonstrated on a large scale that doctors cause addiction, though I do believe a certain amount of irresponsibility has aided its existence. Many individuals enter a doctor’s office in hopes a medication will be administered to assist i