We called Teen Challenge yesterday, on an information gathering mission. I had them on speaker and my girl sat next to me. She shared a little bit of her story and why she felt she needed their program....then I asked about medications. "We don't allow any medications. We believe that God has the power to heal them of any and all ailments."
I said, "Ok. I can understand that. I hear what you are saying, but that is a scary leap to make." No anti-depressants, nothing for anxiety, and certainly no Suboxone. I asked about vitamins....those are a no-go also.
Let me start with....I DO believe in the healing power of God. I really do. But I also believe in a process. I believe that process is different for every person. I believe that there are many Christians who take medications for all sorts of ailments and they are NOT out of God's will for their lives. I believe in walking along someone in their process....gently and in love. Working toward a goal. Of course the argument could be made that that method has not been very successful for us...but its still what I believe. I think that we all have the responsibility of responding to our process too.
We would need to have a Dr. wean my girl off of all prescribed medications prior to entering treatment. Does God heal her as she crosses over the threshold of their doorway? What if that doesn't happen and she started sinking into a depression......would they pray for her revival as she hung from the closet rail?
I explained that her mental health issues were the pre-cursor to her drug use. There is a long family history of mental health issues with depression and anxiety. "We believe in the healing power of God."
After we got off the phone, I felt like, "Ok thats not it. Thats not the answer." I also felt like, its time for her to decide to just do it. She doesn't need another program. She is IN a program right now. She knows recovery, she needs to APPLY the principles of recovery in her life. If she wants to be clean then she needs to do what it takes to make that happen. In my new book The Privileged Addicts he talks a lot about doing the right thing. Again and again and again and it began to change him. "Something mystical (spiritual) happened." As he chose he was given the tools he needed to do each day. I believe that.....we are given what we need when we need it. Its those initial choices, those first steps toward something new that are so hard and so terrifying.
Somehow, these ideas, these awareness's feel so simple and so right to me and I feel ok about it all. Relieved. I work my program. I do what I need to do to the best of my ability every day to live a clean and honest life, a surrendered life. That is my little plot to tend. Thats it. Thats all I get to dig around in.
God show us the way......