America In Crisis

When Self Medicating Doesn’t Work

Today we see many people who are self-medicating. These are people who have a problem or problems, and  do not go to a doctor.  They use things like drugs and alcohol, even smoking, and eating to relieve their depression and anxieties and in some cases their pain.

We have failed so many people because we do not give enough attention to mental illness, depression and anxiety disorders. Insurance companies do not cover many of these illnesses and disorders the way they should. The cost of healthcare is out of control, and for most people the cost of insurance is way too high, even with state insurance.   Insurances like Medicaid leaves a person with so little to choose from, and the doctors are few and far in between. 

We have created stereotypes, and in our schools even some teachers are the bullies. So this leaves so many people in the shadows. All they can do is what they can do to help themselves to get some relief. America has become bloated, and its programs have become so full of bureaucracy and inefficiency  that it leaves the vulnerable to have even more anxiety and grief. 

Today drugs of all kinds are being misused. We have an epidemic of drug use. The pharmaceutical companies have become extremely rich on the backs of suffering people. Today so many people get their drugs from the internet, and these drugs come from all over the world. There is very little, to no oversight on this market, and today so many people think they are buying one thing, and they are getting another, and this is leaving many people dead.  The death rate is off the charts for people who have died from fentanyl tainted drugs, and from fake drugs being sold on the internet, and even by drug dealers on the streets. We are losing our children mostly who use these drugs to self medicate. Today so many children can not talk to their parents or even to any adults. They feel alone and abandoned by society, because maybe they are different, or feel different, and their only recourse to help themselves is to self medicate. There are many people on the street who would be glad to speak to our children, except what they have to say to them is very misleading and harmful. Our society today has made people stressful, anxious, lonely and depressed all of which causes mental illness, and many different types of disorders. It used to be the worst thing when our children started smoking, but then it went to drinking, and then illegal drugs, and now prescription drugs.  Eating disorders, anxiety disorders and even social disorders all have come about because of the pressure put on our children today. It is not only the pressures of family life today, but school life. If children don’t fit the mold they are harassed and bullied and made to stand out. There is no love or compassion in our schools today, not by students and not even by many teachers. Suicide in children is alarming. Why does a school shooting surprise us? What we have done to our children in our schools is overwhelming.  Either you conform to our ways or you will be canceled. Really? Our schools sound more like children camps in other countries that turn their children into political pawns and even child soldiers. It is so sad..How has this happened to us in America, the land of the free that our children have become victims and even turned into activists?   The land of opportunity, is the land that now tells people to come and be free, but only if you fit the mold. Drugs, alcohol,  eating disorder and even smoking are all used for self medicating, and when the stress becomes too much and the anxiety turns to fear, and the depression hits an all time low, there is no bouncing back, and illness takes over, yes, and maybe asthma, or other nervous disorders and especially mental illness, and it all leads to one thing, suicide, the supreme self-medication. America  can no longer cope, no longer  hide, No! We can’t pretend any longer. We must stop this cycle that causes us to self-medicate. It is time to rise up and begin the journey back to a society that allows our children and young adults to live lives that they were meant to live. 

But the journey back must also be a return to God.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

We no longer see children, especially teens, and young adults in churches today.

Even the church has abandoned our children. We must find a way to bring them back into the fold, but it must start with parents, for we find many of them, not sitting in pews today. We must return to our First Love, and then when we return, God will once again bless this land.

“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 1:3

God’s Word is good medicine when we apply it to our lives. It is the best self-medicating we can use.

“My son, pay attention to what I say;    turn your ear to My Words.

 Do not let them out of your sight,   keep them within your heart;

 for they are life to those who find them    and health to one’s whole body.”

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