Are happiness and a sense of well-being so unlikely for many people that the “high” drugs bring is their only answer? My colleague, Steve Drake, writing for the Southeast Missourian in the September 25, 2014 edition, shares some great stories of lives turned around through prayer. Steve shares the good news that his state of Missouri is no longer the meth capital of the USA. Guess which state is? INDIANA. So, here at home, there’s work to do in overcoming the pull of drug addiction. Enjoy this excerpt of Steve’s article and click below to read the entire piece. Here’s Steve:
For meth and recreational drug users, the pursuit of a manufactured feeling of “happiness” is so out of control that to friends and family looking from the outside, it is as if they are being swept out to sea by a riptide. Loved ones, community members, law enforcement, health care professionals and others go to great lengths and expend significant resources to save them, often without success. Some addicts do start swimming parallel to the shore, a recommended strategy to get out of a riptide, and realize that recreational drug abuse leads to dead end feelings of emptiness and hopelessness.
That’s what Jeff Rice felt after an 18 year addiction to alcohol and drugs. After being on a high that had kept him awake for seven days and about to do drugs yet again, he heard this question run through his mind “how long are you going to keep doing this?” In a state of feeling alienated and isolated from friends and family, he had an epiphany. Jeff described it as the “gift of desperation” compelling him to get down on his knees to pray. In a way, this was Jeff’s version of starting to swim parallel to the shore to get out of the riptide. It led him soon after that to take up a Bible-based approach to prayer.