Finding Inner Peace in a Traumatic World

Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is ravaging our country, has been routinely in the news. This drug was developed in 1959 and began to be used the following year as an intravenous anesthetic. It didn’t take long before this drug, 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine, to be abused. Fentanyl, which produces feelings of relaxation, euphoria and sedation, can easily cause respiratory failure. In 2023, the death rate from opioids topped 112,000. 

If fentanyl wasn’t bad enough, now people are using Xylazine and even mixing it with fentanyl, sometimes unknowingly. Xylazine is a tranquilizer that is used by veterinarians often on horses, cattle and sheep to calm them before surgery. It is not approved for human use and we are more sensitive to it and it is also mostly mixed with other drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and meth when used by humans. This drug leads to people being in a stupor, slows their heart rate to dangerous levels, and the drug kills human tissue leaving people with raw, open sores and this has led to the amputation of limbs in some cases.

Those of us who have never used or abused illicit drugs, wonder why someone would purposely use something that destroys their body, takes away their freedom, separates them from family, leads to prison, and often results in premature death. While there are numerous causes (i.e. teen experimentation, legitimate prescription from injury, etc), the common thread for many is trauma. 

We live in a world today that is filled with pain. Too many children grow up in homes where they are unloved, neglected, or even abused. Some, despite good parenting, are bullied at school and cannot seem to fit in with their peer group. Some children, due to no one’s fault, have autism or dyslexia and may struggle in school, falling behind and dropping out.

We understand that when we are dealing with physical pain as in an injury or a headache, we want to take something to relieve the pain such as an aspirin or Tylenol. When one is dealing with emotional and internal pain, they often take something to numb the hurt. This is where addiction often arises.

The goal for us is not to eliminate all traumatic experiences as this is not remotely realistic but to help our young people and our adult population to know that there is a better way to deal with trauma. We must seek healing. This comes from a proper relationship with God. It comes with counseling, support, encouragement and learning to use the tools to help us navigate life. It comes from building a positive community where we can receive unconditional love. 

Much of our work at TPOM centers around these goals but at the end of the day, each person must want healing as no one can create that desire for them. One has to want to get better and learn a better way and when they have that motivation, we are here to walk alongside them with tools and support. We ask God to use us as agents of healing, leading others to an inner peace.

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