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Barry Solof, MD talks about addiction in his new book: A Handbook for Addiction Counselors and Therapists

"Forty million Americans ages twelve and older have an addiction involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs, making addiction a disease affecting more Americans than heart conditions, diabetes, or cancer, according to a five-year national study released in June of 2012 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia). Another eighty million people are at-risk substance users—using tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs in ways that threaten health and safety.

Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco, heroin, caffeine, and other drugs) that cross the blood-brain barrier, and once ingested, temporarily alter the chemical milieu of the brain. Addiction can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it.

Addiction begins as a pursuit of pleasure, enjoyment, or relief from actual or perceived ailments; however, over a period of time more involvement with the substance or activity (such as gambling, eating, or sex) is needed to feel normal. In other words, you start doing it to feel good and then have to continue doing it to keep from feeling bad.

However we define it, humankind has been experimenting with mind-altering substances ever since we first discovered that grapes would ferment into wine. Since then, we’ve used our intellect, imagination, and ability to create myriad new ways to alter our consciousness through the use of addictive drugs and behaviors. Unfortunately, some people develop serious problems when they go down this road. It has often been said that in the beginning of this deterioration, the use of drugs sometimes “gets in the way of the person’s life.” Later on, “life gets in the way of the person’s drug use.”

source: http://centralrecoverypress.com/books/guidetoaddictionmedicine/

Consider this: Celebrate Recovery starts and ends with values, the values of Jesus Christ. Lack of values or adherence to values is a major cause of any addiction. People with strong values, and with the motivation to change, succeed better at quitting addictions. People with strong values and motivation are more likely to succeed. When you have such assets, you are helped in overcoming an addiction by focusing on what you have and what you may lose.

When do people change? “When they want to.” No amount of science, therapy, or brain scans are ever going to change this simple truth.  Change your thinking and change your life with Celebrate Recovery.

Rick Warren says:

"Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.
Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.
Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.
Be careful how you THINK, your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23
In other words, God wants our beliefs turned into behavior."












"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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