Freedom programs for a child to break free from drug addiction
St. John of the Cross warns us about attachments with the image of a bird tied to its roost by a thread. As long as the thread is attached to its leg, the bird cannot fly away. In the same way, a soul that is tied to anything of this earth, no matter how good in itself, cannot fly to God until it has freed itself from this attachment. While this is true of good things, the effect is even stronger when it is a sin or near occasion of sin that we don’t want to let go of; our minds and our souls are bound until we can break free.
One particularly heavy chain that binds people today is drug addiction. It’s been around as long as mankind, but our age seems to have a deluge of drugs. My personal opinion is that it is the side effect of the popular philosophy that tells people that there is no truth, no right, and no wrong. It is a scary age for parents, because drug pushers might be targeting your children. A popular drug today is crystal meth, which causes significant changes in the child’s personality, and can be manufactured anywhere in the world from common ingredients. It’s scary.
Breaking an addiction to drugs is notoriously difficult, and can feel impossible. Fortunately, there is help. For instance, the Gulf Coast Drug Rehab gives its patients close personal attention in a beautiful resort setting in Florida (they have a toll-free number). Of course, you have to investigate any program for yourself, as it is a serious decision if you or a loved one are trying to break free from these things.
It is especially important to remember, when we feel the attachments we have made to bad things through our own actions, that the attraction to sin is not itself a sin, as long as we do not encourage it or yield to it. Sometimes God lets us suffer the consequences of our sins in this way so that we can more firmly renounce them. Let us all remember to pray for the freedom of those who have bound themselves by these terrible chains.