Handling area’s addiction problem

To the editor:

This is what needs to be done to address the addiction in the Steubenville area: Education, responsibility, accountability and consequences for one’s actions. Teach respectability to children and they will respect others.

Parents need to learn how and why their children need to be disciplined as early as the age of crawling. Teach them about God in the home. Discipline should return to the schools. Teachers can’t teach in disrupted classrooms or where they aren’t respected. G.O.D. (for non-believers G = good, O = orderly and D = direction), needs to be placed back in the schools. Addiction is a disease. If the behavior makes life unmanageable in any way, then it is an addiction. There is only way to control it (it’s never cured): Hurtful, harmful, destructive self-will has to be destroyed.

A God of their personal understanding, is a must. The fastest way to do this is to read “The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous” after they have went through a structured detoxification procedure with a professional. (The book was inspired by God for a doctor and a businessman to start writing in 1938 and was published in 1939. It is the only book other than the Bible that has been in continuous print since it was first published. The structure of the book has been copied by every other group of addictions – drugs, sex, gambling, eating disorders, etc.)

If people don’t understand what they are reading, it’s important to simply keep reading, and when the affects of the drug-of-choice leave the body and mind, the person begins to understand the hell his or her life was. Googling “alcoholics anonymous-personal stories,” is where the hell others went through can be read.

Courts should automatically send offenders to a mandatory year sentence and demand they read the book and get a sponsor who works the 12 steps in their lives.

They need to go to meetings to listen to stories of other addicts on “what it was like, what happened and what it’s like for them (now.)” They should be made to listen to a professional from Shepherd Hill Substance Abuse Center in Newark, Ohio, about exactly what their drug of choice actually does to their body. Hopefully it will scare them straight

They can get better – though never cured – and enjoy a good life. If they admit they have an addiction that has made their life unmanageable, believe they can be helped, ask God for help and be willing to say they are sorry for those harms they have caused others, and ask for forgiveness from God and others for that harm caused by their addiction, get closer to God through prayer, and then show other addicts how to stop using.

The addiction problem in the Ohio Valley will never be totally eliminated, but it can become manageable.

Mary M. Paice