I started as a state trooper in 1973. The only drugs we saw back then, with rare exceptions, were marijuana, LSD and cocaine. We occasionally saw PCP (an animal anesthetic referred to as “angel dust”) and some Quaaludes. Heroin users were rare and primarily in larger cities.
What we are dealing with today is different than anything seen since drugs such as cocaine and opium were readily available in the 19th century. The current heroin epidemic can be traced to the first “pill mills” in the early 90s. Doctors had been sold a bill of goods by drug manufacturers and their paid shills, insisting that opioid pain meds were the magic bullet for dealing with pain and non-addictive except in a very small percentage of cases. Boy, were they ever wrong.
I pointed out that the drug problem isn’t an isolated phenomenon; it is simply the latest manifestation of a society that has lost its moral compass. I am old enough that I remember when teenage pregnancy was extremely rare; when people rarely lived together without benefit of marriage; when children lived with both parents; when abortion was illegal; when students treated their teachers with respect; when teachers behaved and dressed like professionals; when foul language, nudity, and sex were forbidden in movies; when nearly all businesses were closed on Sundays; when no one apologized for Christmas; etc. The list goes on and on. When men lose sight of God, their attention and affection is directed inwardly.
The book of Genesis describes the Garden of Eden from which issued four life-sustaining rivers: Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. Running water symbolizes healing, cleansing, and life throughout the Bible. God said about Israel through the prophet Jeremiah, “My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Jesus offered “living water” to a Samaritan woman. He went on to say that, “He who believes on Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Jesus also said, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me, and drink.” (He wasn’t talking about physical thirst, but about spiritual thirst.
People are at least as thirsty for life and what we could call mental and emotional health as they have ever been. But in their desire to quench those desires, we as a nation have turned from the “fountain of living waters”—God Himself—to the polluted waters of human speculation. The various approaches found in the psychological disciplines—well over 200 different approaches, incidentally—all place man at the center. Man is encouraged by those branches of psychology that admit to a religious view of man to break away from old patterns and to create his own values, his own religion, and his own god.
Psychology and psychiatry have lately come to the realization that man is essentially a religious being, although they are by no means trying to turn people back to God. The church has known about man’s religious nature all along. Christians recognize, as God pointed out to ancient Israel, that to reject Him, the “fountain of living waters”, leaves man no choice but drink from polluted waters. We are now seeing where that leads a society and a nation. By relying on a collection of unproven theories propagated as truth, man has been duped into the darkness. Drug addiction, sex addiction, alcohol addiction, etc., are all attempts to fill the void left when God has been eliminated from man’s thinking.
It is like trying to shovel smoke. Many people have rejected the truth only to buy into one of a number of lies. Choose your poison. Humpty Dumpty expressed it well in Alice in Wonderland:
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”
And that is the point: who is to be master, self or God?