I felt this subject kind of touched on the issues of interpreting religious texts and applying it to your faith as well as the science of why addiction can be viewed as a disease as well as a societal issue. Different factors and communities can play a role in the likelihood of someone being an addict. Though obviously it can happen to anyone and does. Often wealthier people with addictions are viewed as functional this or that while the poorer person is basically just categorized as well they have a bad life because they are a junkie and ect…
I remember growing up and in church often hearing addiction tied to verses about being sober minded and there was really no emphasis on if someone was dealing with something traumatic . After all if it was just a disease why would God condemn those who are not sober minded type of arguments.
I’ll be honest. Though I’m asking the question it’s more because I recognize it as a serious problem in USA and the world. I believe that over 100k people overdosed and died in america during a one year span of 2020-21. Like 14k or something of those deaths were between the ages of 1-33. Not every overdose was because of addiction. Many were sad cases such as with the 12 year old , Dalilah Guerrero, who may have tried it for the very first time and was given a fentanyl laced pill by a 16 year old and she died after crushing and snorting it. Where I live, and probably elsewhere there have been cases of people kidnapping stray dogs and breaking legs and going to a vet in order to get paid pills and then they ditch the animals and use the drugs. One of the places I recently went hiking at , one of the dirt roads I drove on trying to find the place was saturated with the stench of drugs being cooked out of houses built from scarp metal panels and pallets. The pallets from stores. It growing up addicts were junkies and junkies were people who made bad choices and if they filled their hearts up with Jesus and came to church they would be held accountable and healed . There was also the drunks. Someone who drank all the time was a drunk and drunks were lazy people who created their own hell. There was never any talk of getting help, AA, or potential trauma or diseases involved. It was solely the persons own bad choices. The people who said it was a disease was just enablers blinded by love and past memories of the junkies. That’s literally how I heard it spoke most of my life. Even drug dealers would say it’s just supply and demand and if people demand it they will supply and if people want to make bad choices that’s on them.
So as saying I’m not really particularly interested in this subject. But I know that it’s killing a lot of people and thought it would nonetheless be worth discussing so that those raised up with a similar misunderstanding would have better Christian resources to look it.