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Fighting Our Addictions with What?

“Drug use is about feelings, isolation, hurt, shame, rage, poverty, abuse, greed, etc.” – Terry Kellogg, Broken Toys, Broken Dreams

According to author and therapist Terry Kellogg, the real addiction is not to the drug but to the high produced by the drug. And why do people want to get high in the first place? Anything that removes or alters unwanted feelings – anger, pain, fear, sadness, anxiety – can become an addiction.


It is an escape. An escape from so many cruel things the world throws at us. It is the need to feel control.

According to Cal Thomas, a respected journalist and author:

“Drugs are a way for young people to grab power.” 

Remove the purpose for living; remove the meaning of life; teach the Carl Sagan philosophy that the cosmos is all there is or has been; drum into young people that there is no God; hand them condoms and abortion information ( and don’t be there to catch them when they crack up from the emotional and spiritual damage caused by relinquishing of adult responsibility to teach the young from right and wrong, and what do you have? You have children turning to drugs and sex out of despair, a loss of intimacy, and an anger that boils over against adults who have failed them. Since children have little power, they exercise the only power they do have: They abuse their bodies to get our attention. 

So here is my thoughts about this. Cal Thomas was right but there is an option and a solution to the problem with our addiction and also the need for power. It is to realise we don’t have the power to change in ourselves. We need higher power. We need God’s intervention.  We need to understand we are not in control.

Whatever controls us is our lord. The person who seeks power is controlled by power. The person who seeks acceptance is controlled by people he or she wants to please. We do not control ourselves. We are controlled by the lord of our lives.  – Rebecca Pippert


Colossians 1:16-17 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

It goes back to Jesus. Since we cannot control ourselves even if we want to – we have to look to Jesus to take control of us. Let me end with this quote by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. 1956 sermon:

I still believe that standing up for the truth of God is the greatest thing in the world. This is the end of life. The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain. The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may.

Here is a preaching on the book of Ecclesiastes on man’s need for control and how it failed us.