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Addicted to Drama: Why Does This Always Happen to Me?
By Kelly McClanahan Nov 21 2014

"Many recovering addicts' new addiction to drama can be difficult for their family and friends to live with. What creates this need for attention and being center stage all the time? Why is every small event magnified and processed as if it were truly life and death? Is this something that just happens with recovering addicts, or do we all have a tendency to dramatize our lives?"

It's In the Chemistry:
How does this need for drama impact recovering addicts and why? It is known that the chemical receptors in the pleasure center of the brain are heavily influenced with most abused substances

Read more: http://www.soberrecovery.com/recovery/addicted-to-drama/


Addicts are not necessarily looking for drama. Drama is the issue they have not learned to control. Compulsive behavior always serves an emotional purpose. Addictions are really just compulsive behaviors whether it be alcoholism or keeping your desktop obsessively clean. The causative mechanism is the same. The one thing that all addicts have in common is they let their emotions get the best of them, the feel helpless and trapped over specific circumstances and attempt to regain control over their emotional-feelings with abusive, compulsive, behavior.
Addictive acts are never random. They are always precipitated by something that is emotionally important. People don’t watch porn or get drunk or angry for nothing, they do so because something has upset them. Although everybody is different, everybody does feel an overwhelming helplessness at the point they decide to take a drink, place a bet, get angry, watch porn or whatever the hurt, habit or hangup. At that point people feel, helpless, trapped and lacking control.

People reverse their helplessness, empower themselves with the addictive act of getting angry or getting drunk or whatever the displaced addictive behavior. Every addictive act is a substitute for a more direct behavior. This fact leads to one of the important parts of a modern treatment of addiction: If addicts can learn to address their rage at helplessness directly, then it manifests simply as an assertive act. When people act directly, there can be no addiction. With Celebrate Christ Recovery, we can regain control with a direct act by giving God Control. When we give God Control, God returns that control to us through the Holy Spirit. We then act with a direct healthy God Driven Behavior that emulates the values, character and Purpose of Christ.
Change your thinking and change your life. Don't be conformed to this world, transform your mind. (Romans 12:2). God's grace is sufficient for you for there is power in your weakness if you allow it. (2 Corinthians 12-9). This type of thinking is the marriage of science and scripture. When people get their values from the Bible and not their feelings, addictive behavior does not exist. Jesus Christ taught this behavioral principle over 2014 years ago.

"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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