In this paragraph, a few observations on the Church’s ideal role:
423. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Church must urge a head-on battle against drug consumption and trafficking,
- insisting on the value of prevention and reeducation,
- and supporting governments and citizen organizations working along these lines,
- and pressing the state on its responsibility to combat drug trafficking
- and prevent the use of any kind of drug.
Science has pointed to religiosity as a major factor in protection and recovery for drug users.
“Reeducation” is a problem word for me. It assumes that people fall into addiction in part through ignorance. If only people knew drugs were bad … Recovery involves a much wider view of the addicted person’s journey: the importance of personal responsibility in recovery, admitting fault, and finding supportive communities and mentors to accompany the journey to sobriety.
Preventing drug use presents a conundrum, doesn’t it? Medical professionals are quick ro prescribe drugs. In many cases they work, right? They address short- and long-term needs in a patient. But we’ve seen in the US how the desire to medicate pain has produced a new generation of addicts and dealers. Some of those dealers operate at the very center of so-called civilized society.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.