A friend of mine in South Africa posted this video on Facebook. It is an animated, abridged version of a TED talk given by author Johann Hari. He wrote a book about substance abuse called Chasing the Scream. He realized he had a number of addicts in his life and didn’t know how to help them. He went on a journey to find answers and wrote about it. I haven’t read the book, yet, (I have started.) but I think his findings are worth considering.
Addiction is a major factor in our community. (Today I was praying with two young moms whose own mothers are addicted to crystal meth. These mothers no longer have relationships with their children or grandchildren.) In many cases, the shame and isolation method of treatment isn’t working. It is making it worse. This author postulates that love and community may be much more effective tools in setting people free, which resonates with where we see God leading us.