In “Ravaged by meth, Australia’s rural ‘ice towns’ get creative in fighting back” The Christian Science Monitor reports on how Australia is finding new ways to address the drug epidemic that is gripping communities across the country. Australians are among the world’s biggest consumers of crystal methamphetamine—a drug that is very expensive and highly addictive. Communities in rural areas are hit especially hard because of their remote status. “One study last year found that more than twice as many ice users lived in rural areas as cities. Far from the teeming coastal metropolises, jobs are often hard to find, leading to the boredom and despair that can feed initial interest in the drug.” In these hard-hit “regional communities with limited government support to draw on, townspeople are largely relying on themselves.” One small rural community, Wangratta, has shown signs of success in rehabilitating its town after investing in educating the community members and having an open dialogue in order to expel the stigma surrounding drug abuse.
Ideas on this subject:
From the Bible:
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:
The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 307
There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit.
— Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 102
Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:
In “Defeat drug addiction”: “The shackles of addiction, not being from God, good, have no claim on any of us, because we are governed by the only true power—Spirit. Each one of us is a cherished spiritual idea; there are no unwanted children in divine Love. Each and every individual has an inherent worth, purpose, and opportunity from our Father-Mother God: to express Him.” And “Acknowledging these spiritual facts is a powerful counter to a sense of hopelessness or being stuck. And we naturally start to feel the infinite promise of divine Love and to see that we have no need—or desire—to depend on matter for satisfaction and pleasure.”
In “Drug addiction–healed”: “This change in thought began to manifest itself in my life. Not only was the desire to get high beginning to lose its attraction, I began feeling God’s presence in every aspect of my life. An outlook that included happiness and success was replacing thoughts of gloom and doom, which had dominated my thinking.” And “The power of divine Love, which I had come to understand through Christian Science, was in fact loosening me from the grip of addiction. As I studied and did my best to express this Love and all of God’s qualities in my daily interactions, my life transformed.”
The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.