David Zuccolotto on Mudslinging Christians: A Lesson from Working With Drug Addicts

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:14-15)

The man sitting in my office spoke of his 22-year-old son, who died two weeks earlier. He died on a gurney at the hospital from a heroin overdose.

The man, shattered and raw, said to me during our first meeting, “I’m so afraid to talk about it. I would be walking into a very dark and cold cave. I am afraid I might never come out.”

Dr. David Zuccolotto is a former pastor and clinical psychologist. | Courtesy of David Zuccolotto

The man continued:

“What really angers me is he had an opportunity to go into a recovery program, but some people were bad mouthing the program and it turned him off. Now he’s dead. I wouldn’t have cared if the drug program was a prison camp! If those people would have kept their mouths shut my boy might still be alive!”

As a psychologist, I have heard people bad mouth, “bite and devour,” recovery programs for 35 years:

“AA is for religious freaks.”

“Teen Challenge is a Jesus prison camp.”

“Celebrate Recovery doesn’t help REAL alcoholics.”

“The Betty Ford Treatment Center is a resort, not a recovery program.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, David Zuccolotto