By Paul StanleyNovember 1, 2017
Being "dope sick" sucks. I know a thing or two because I have seen a thing or two. And I know that phrase is from an insurance commercial. Nevertheless, it is my life. So, when i use the term "dope sick," many of you who have seen a thing or two yourselves know exactly what I mean. For the uninitiated, dope sick is what happens when you are trying to kick a heroin (opioid) addiction. The body, suddenly trying to cope without the dope, goes haywire without it and while you may not die, you sure feel like you are going to. This is a result of using a drug that so deeply entrenches itself into a person that it steals not just the body, but the mind and spirit as well. It consumes the persons life.
It is being dope sick that keeps most users in addiction. The pain and agony of kicking a habit that is slowly killing them from the inside out blinds them to the freedom of being dope free and and living a full life. They would rather be high and pain free than free and endure the pain of kicking. Therefore they stay trapped in the never ending, downward spiral of addiction.
I don't believe anyone starts of getting high with the plan to get addicted. Usually they are just looking to have a good time, or they are influenced by friends, or maybe just because it is taboo. They start off small, partying just on weekends or special occasions, but unchecked they suddenly find themselves living in a world where they do not even know how they got there, but now cannot escape.
Personally, I have never had to cope with dope sickness, but I know a few that have. But I do have extensive experience in watching people trying to kick the "sin habit." I am not talking about just trying to be a good little boy or good little girl; I am talking about trying to leave a life of sin that has slowly entrenched itself into a persons life that they are so comfortable with it that they would rather continue living in sin than break free and live for Christ because living for Christ means a refining and gleaning process be God that they just do not want to endure, or leaving something behind that they just do not want to let go of.
Like an addiction, I don't think most people say to themselves, "I want to live a life of sin. Let's see what I can find!" And like dope, it starts small; a little here, a little there. But it's the devil's game, because pretty soon, left unchecked, it gets out of control and by the time we come to our senses we find ourselves in a spot and we do not even know how we got there.
James 1:14ff says, "...but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." If we could just be on our toes when the enemy comes prowling around, presenting these seemingly harmless little distractions, our lives would be so much better. There is no need for us to be dope sick or picking up the shattered pieces of our life after letting sin rule it for so long as believers in Christ. And if we do find ourselves in such a situation, it is better to go through the withdraws and the pain and the refining and molding that comes when we make the changes we need to make and while it may be painful, it is worth it, but we must be convinced that what waits for us on the other side is worth the struggle. And to stay where we are, just means certain death.
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