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Fighting Drug Addiction with Religion

A great deal of drug addiction treatment research is focused upon different ways to fight off relapse during and after drug rehab.[i] Therapeutic treatments, talk and behavior therapy, support groups, individualized therapy, exercise, meditation, medical treatment are all part of well-rounded, holistic drug treatment programs. Religious focus during treatment can come in the form of a spiritual focus or a guideline for living based on a specific religion. No matter your denominational affiliation or lack thereof, adding a spiritual/religious component to you or your loved one’s drug treatment program can produce positive results.

12 Step Treatment and Religion

12 step treatment programs have as their foundation a recognition for the need of a Higher Power in life.[ii] The second step in the 12 step treatment program aimed at eradicating active drug and alcohol use and addiction speaks for itself: “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.”

12-step groupThis Power is generally defined as God, but many keep it vague. They choose a Higher Power to which they give up control based on any number of things. Some who are raised in Christianity, Judaism or Hinduism opt for God simply because God is powerful in these religions. Others choose the Earth or evoke the Goddess in favor of a more maternal power. Still others have a comical take and assign their Higher Power the name of a favorite childhood super hero or fictional character. The point is not the name but the idea that you are no longer in control of your life; that when you took over control, you ended up “hitting bottom” due to drug addiction. The hope is that your Higher Power wants you to be healthy, happy and emotionally stable. Giving up control to this entity rather than trying to do end your addiction alone is helpful during all stages of recovery.

Drug Addiction Recovery and the Moral Treatment of Self and Others

The religious aspect of 12 steps and traditional treatment generally goes beyond the Higher Power and includes a focus on giving back.[iii] Volunteering your time and energy to help others is advised, as is working your way through the steps so that you can become a sponsor and help someone else work their way through the steps.

The idea is to focus on something beside you. The act of living with a focus on other people’s needs gets you out of your own head and allows you to build self esteem by making choices that are meaningful to others. When you realize that you are valuable to others, you begin to treat yourself and your body more valuably, making you stronger against the temptation of relapse.

Religion and Life after Drug Rehab: A Guideline for Living

One of the benefits of drug rehab is that there are others there who understand your struggles and are there to help you make each and every decision. From what to eat to when you eat it, how to spend your free time, what to focus on during treatment, and how to fight off relapse when you return home, you have a team of people coming alongside you at every step of the journey. When it’s time to go home, however, many feel lost without that same level of guidance. Religious principles and a continued focus on growing in your faith can provide extended support and guidance to help you stay committed to your new life free from the control of drugs and alcohol.

If you or a loved one struggles with alcohol addiction, we are here for you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.

[i] National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Treatment Approached for Drug Addiction,” July 2016. Accessed March 20, 2017. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction

[ii] Alcoholics Anonymous. “The Birth of A.A and Its Growth in the U.S. and Canada,” Copyright 2017. Accessed March 20, 2017. http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/historical-data-the-birth-of-aa-and-its-growth-in-the-uscanada

[iii] Michael Miller, M.D. FASAM. “The Relevance Twelve-Step Recovery in 21st Century Addiction Medicine,” American Society of Addiction Medicine, February 13, 2015. Accessed March 20, 2017. http://www.asam.org/magazine/read/article/2015/02/13/the-relevance-of-twelve-step-recovery-in-21st-century-addiction-medicine

Job Market Review: Drug Dealers in Gangs and Drug Addiction

A little bit of online research revealed some unhappy numbers for crack dealers and hopeful crack dealers. The lure of being in a gang and selling drugs to move up through the ranks and gain “respect” often ends one of two ways: prison or death. Either way, drug addiction plagues those who sell drugs as well as those close to them, including their families.

Selling Drugs: How Much Money Do They Really Make?

Drug deal going downDespite what you see in movies, dealing drugs is not as lucrative as you might think. It seems that a researcher who had access to a certain gang’s records and finances found out that the average crack dealer on the corner only makes about $4.57 an hour.[1]

Second, the occupational hazards of the job are very harsh. The annual death rate was marked at about 7 percent, a number that increases to 25 percent after four years. (Why the increase? Perhaps disgruntled customers or competition tend to target those who have made a name for themselves?)

Even if you made thousands of dollars an hour, remember you can’t spend it from the grave. When you sell drugs, you either die or go to jail.

The Myth of Drug Dealing and Sales

No matter how you add it up, being a crack dealer (or a drug dealer of any kind) isn’t going to do much for your financial standing. Unfortunately, kids are seduced by glamorous depictions of rich drug lords on TV, Hollywood and in their own communities. They think that if they put in the time that they, too, will one day be driving fancy cars, wearing lots of gold and buying houses for their mother. The fact is, that very few people profit off of selling drugs. The people who do make a profit are high up in the chain. The fact is that making it to the top of a drug business alive is practically impossible. An article in the New York Times states that crack business is really a modern, brutalized version of a 19th-century sweatshop.[2]

Drug Addiction Among Drug Sellers

Drug dealer snorting cocaineOne of the biggest issues of individuals selling drugs is the development of their own drug addiction. Ready access to large amounts of drugs (and large amounts of money) in the midst of high emotional stress often leads to drug addiction.

Another issue is having legal problems. Whether it is getting caught for the crimes they have to do to supplement their income since they’re using more drugs for personal purposes or for selling drugs, drug dealers are no longer eligible for drug addiction treatment through drug court. When selling or violence is an issue, no drug court will give you drug addiction treatment instead of prison.

Healing Drug Addiction and Getting Out of Selling

If you struggle drug addiction, the time to stop is now. Rates of death are as high among drug addicts as they are among drug dealers, if not higher. Don’t allow yourself to become a statistic. Get the help you need. Call Michael’s House today to speak with an admission coordinator who will answer all of your questions.

[1] http://cw39.com/2014/12/10/average-drug-seller-doesnt-make-minimum-wage-says-anti-drug-web-site/ Average Drug Seller Doesn’t Make Minimum Wage, Says Anti-Drug Site.

[2] http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/26/nyregion/selling-crack-myth-wealth-special-report-despite-its-promise-riches-crack-trade.html?pagewanted=all Selling Crack: The Myth of Wealth — A Special Report: Despite Its Promise of Riches, The Crack Trade Seldom Pays. Kolata, Gina. Published November 26th, 1989.