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Letter: Abetting the addict

If I were to drive a getaway car at an armed robbery, I would be charged in aiding and abetting a crime. This is what our provincial government is doing when it comes to addictions.

In a time of a $13-billion budget deficit, the government is spending millions of dollars yearly in providing needles, injection sites, methadone treatments, naloxone kits and hospital costs on addicts.

In a recent interview, Health Minister Dr. John Haggie referred to addictions as a disease. A disease is defined as “a condition that is beyond power to control.”

Cancer is a disease because one cannot determine when one will be inflicted with it. Addiction, on the other hand, is a choice. I can choose to smoke, drink alcohol, snort cocaine, inject heroin or take an opioid pill. The fact that addiction is a choice is supported by research by a Harvard Medical School psychologist, Gene Heyman, who in his book “Addiction: A Disorder of Choice” makes the case that choice plays a much more important role in addictions than any other psychiatric disorder. It demolished the current “enlightened” picture of addictions as a chronic, relapsing illness with a bleak prognosis for recovery.

There are thousands of testimonies by addicts who have been healed supernaturally by the power of God, and at no cost.

Why then is the provincial government providing services and treatments that are aiding and abetting the addict to continue in their addictions? Is there an alternative? There certainly is! There are thousands of testimonies by addicts who have been healed supernaturally by the power of God, and at no cost.

If I were the Health minister, I would suggest that all addicts attend a Bible-believing church — for example, St. Stephen the Martyr Anglican Church, Eastern Gate Pentecostal Church, Victory Christian Church or the Inner Healing Ministry, where they would be welcomed with open arms.

There are three obstacles to relieve healing from addictions, and they are, lack of faith, unforgiveness of past hurts and unrepentant sin. By attending a Bible-believing church, an addict would have the opportunity to overcome these obstacles and lead a healthy and fruitful life in the future.

 

Tolson Chapman

St. John’s

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