Faith in Jesus can help users overcome addiction

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I usually don’t agree with the issues in Washington and our state government, but this time, I do. President Trump recently gave a speech on the opioid epidemic. We truly have an opioid crisis, along with a heroin problem also.

How does this happen? How did the kids along with adults feel the need to stoop to such a low level? That is the million-dollar question with a possible answer.

I am just going to focus on the young adults and teens. Do we watch what they say on Facebook, Twitter, etc., or do we think that it invades their privacy and shows we don’t trust them? Ask that to some parent who lost a child to an overdose or alcohol abuse. It is our responsibility to know what they do and say.

I, as a father, failed God when I ignored my calling and followed this evil world. What can look so harmless can be so dangerous—like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I did drugs growing up and drank my share of alcohol. I did what I did because I was hurting inside. I lost my mom at 15 years of age and a part of me died with her.

The drugs and alcohol can’t erase the memories. Only our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can give you the inner peace to move on and help you deal with the issues at hand.

In closing, I pray that someone reading this will listen and reach out to a loved one for someone to talk to. You can’t do this alone and only Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, can help you.

I am signing off with Bible scriptures from the King James Version only:

• Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; what can man do unto me?”

• Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

• Psalm 118:14: “The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.”

• Psalm 118: 21: “I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.”

• Psalm 118:29: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.”

James Taylor