MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – Addiction is a problem that many families face. A local pastor from Mobile shares his experience with what he describes as a synthetic drug epidemic in his community. I spoke with Dominic Grant from Walk By Faith Christian Ministries in Mobile on Texas Street. He says he saw a huge impact.
Guest: It seems that it is manifesting itself more and more, it is destroying not only the community but also the church and families and I have experienced it myself.
Anchor: What is the situation you see. Are these mostly synthetics or drugs across the spectrum?
Guest: We’ve always had the problem with drugs, but now what destroys lives is the man-made stuff, the stuff made in the backyard and it’s so dirty it has no value on life and it took lifetimes and so this problem is worse than any kind of drug I’ve seen in my life.
Anchor: How do you think the economic collapse associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to this problem?
Guest: I think this has contributed enormously to the problem simply because now we have people in places, a lack of jobs the lack of movement of currencies, it gives them time to where they would normally work or do something. productive, now they have time to do other things too, due to a lack of jobs there is a lack of insurance. So the people who would normally have insurance and would be able to go and buy drugs now, they can’t do it anymore, so now they have to resort to other means to get drugs. And so they take risks, they take risks and they roll the dice with their lives. The person on the other end of the phone doesn’t really enjoy life or care about life because if they did, they wouldn’t be putting this poison in our communities.
Anchor: How do you help someone who abuses drugs on a regular basis?
Guest: I think it will start with the organizations, it will start with the churches because we have to get to the root of the problem. Because not everyone uses drugs to get high. Not everyone uses drugs to get better, so we have to get to the root of the problem to find out why it is happening. The churches have to come out of the church and begin to have a real ministry, and we have to meet with the council members and the mayor to find a way to strategize to help the people. The first thing is that we have to present something other than the drug. The way to do it is to present jobs, to present an outlet for people, because every drug affects the mind, if you can change your mind, rehab only changes your mind, you put them in an atmosphere where things change