I worked as a substance abuse counselor for 11 years and that's how I've always treated using. Using drugs is not inherently evil, becoming intoxicated and losing control of the will is and breaking the law is when the law does not command you to do something inherently sinful.
I think addiction to a drug is best visualized as the pursuit of a false spiritual connection. Jung called it "misdirected search for God". Addiction causes the intellect to be blinded and the will to become warped so I think many times it can be mitigated down to a venial sin. Unfortunately, the loss of the virtue of temperance, which pertains to the proper use of things that give pleasure,  leads to the loss of all other natural and infused virtues and in general really bad behavior.


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narcotics - by newtradcatholic - 04-09-2008, 04:57 AM
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