Sometimes genetics and a strong personality are not the only factors behind a person’s desire to stay away from alcohol and drugs. In fact, as history has shown us countless times, certain belief systems have set up a collection of rules and guidelines for followers that completely prohibit any type of potentially mind-altering drugs. From the thousand-year traditions of Islam to the more modern belief systems of the Mormon Church and the Seventh Day Adventists, a variety of people from all across the world have set up personal values solely based on their strong spiritual beliefs. Let’s take a closer look at some of them now.
Unless used for medical purposes, drugs (and alcohol for that matter) are completely prohibited and frowned upon by members of the Islamic faith. Overall, Muslim people strongly believe that mind-altering substances (non-prescribed, of course) put a wedge in the relationship between man and God and are direct branches of the devil’s work. In fact, the Qur’an clearly states that liquor and gambling are tools used by Satan to drive men on the path of sin.
Mormon Church Policy
As we have seen in recent stories about the marijuana debate, the Mormon Church has a strict set of beliefs regarding the use of mind-altering substances. The organization’s leaders encourage its members to refrain from using any kinds of drugs and to completely abstain from alcohol, as these items are viewed as a means of separating oneself from Jesus Christ. Interestingly, though, Mormons also encourage abstinence and prohibition due to the potential harm these drugs can inflict on the mind, body, and (most importantly) the spirit.
In the same manner as Catholics and nondenominational Christians, members of the Jehovah’s witnesses strongly suggest their members do not engage in alcohol or drugs use, out of fear of poisoning the body and mind. However, in an interesting twist, these people do not believe that moderate alcohol fall into the category of “sinful behavior.” Abstinence is only recommended for alcohol abusers or alcoholics who belong to the church.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, or Addiction
Drugs and alcohol are very confusing aspects of life. Some of them are necessary for living a long, healthy life, while others can cut your life short in the blink of an eye. Ultimately, you are the only person who can decide if you are willing to take the plunge into addictive substance use. However, you can also decide to make things right. Are you suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism? Do you have a family member or a friend who is also coping with this terrible illness? On both counts, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the pain of withdrawal and detox and help you complete a successful and fulfilling rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy path, we promise to help you every step of the way.
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