Monday, August 12, 2013

What's the Deal?!?

By 
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

What's the deal?  Ever heard that question before?  What's the deal with...her/him/us/them/your mom/your ex-girlfriend/the economy/the weather/the Redskins (they stink)/etc., etc., etc.?  It's a very common question when we do not understand a person or situation.

This morning I was having a conversation with a support person for one of our detox patients.  This individual had a very colorful story to report about his life in and out of jail, selling drugs as well as being addicted to opiates.  His enthusiasm for drug dealing was palpable yet disgusting.  He spoke of his full-time occupation very seriously as if he worked at a prestigious investment banking firm.  To him, however, he does just that.

He told me that he makes good money and could retire now.  He's 26.  Yet he has no aspirations in life except to retire filthy rich.  I don't think that is an altogether bad aspiration but when it includes guns, knives, violence, and other people's safety and well-being, I have an issue with that.  However, I am not the police and this was just a conversation so I was obliged to listen to him brag about his 'power and fame' on the street.  It was sad to listen to really. 

I tell you that story to ask you this question:  What's the deal!?!  How is it we live in a world where people are seen as 'cool' and 'hip' for putting chemicals in their bodies that make them act like complete idiots?  How is it we live in a world where this guy preys on the weak and vulnerable, cares nothing about it, AND gets rich off of his nefarious schemes?  While I don't have an immediate answer, I do know this, the sober life is the best life there is to live!  I will preach it from the rooftops.  I'll shout out it loud.  I'll talk about it until I'm blue in the face.  Drugs destroy!  Heroin is heinous!  Oxys obfuscate!  Selling drugs sends people to the grave!  It's all a farce!  What is the deal people?!?!  Wake up!!!

Having said all of that, I do want to be clear that I am not judging this man or anyone who abuses substances or chooses to sell drugs.  My hope is that they get help because there is so much more to life than the small, pitiful existence that drugs and alcohol actually give.  However, it does not stop my disdain for those substances because of the many lives they do destroy on a daily basis. 

So, I ask you this, what's your deal?  Where do you stand when it comes to drug and alcohol?  Are you committed to total abstinence or are you playing around using a little here or there?  I doubt there are any drug dealers reading this blog but if you are...please stop what you're doing before more people get addicted and you eventually go to jail and/or get killed.  You know deep down that you are hurting people.  You also know deep down that you need help to quit.  Ask for it.  It's there.  You can change and be a new person.  It's never too late to be someone different! 

At the Coleman Institute, we believe that everyone deserves another chance.  In our line of work, we help put broken people back together again.  We truly want to help you get clean and stay clean.  If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-773-3869.


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