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Addiction or Dependency? Does it Matter?

Addiction and dependency have much in common, but there are differences
Post published by Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on Mar 25, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360

"Dependency on a medicationis defined as a biological process that occurs when certain classes of medicines are taken for a period of time and the body begins to regulate itself in order to account for the medications. This can also lead to tolerance, in which the individual needs more of the medication for the desired effects. 

Dependency also causes withdrawal or discontinuation effects when the medication is not tapered properly. The body and brain will react negatively because they are still under the assumption that the medications are coming and the systems that have been regulated have not been “deregulated” back to their baseline. This process is known as withdrawal. "

Source:https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/chronic-pain-360/201503/addiction-or-dependency-does-it-matter

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Addictions always serves an emotional purpose. Addiction is a behavior intended to reverse a profound, intolerable sense of helplessness. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual. Addictions are nothing more than substitutes for doing something to deal more directly with these helpless feelings, the next step is to undo this substitution by taking a more direct action. 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.

The Occam's Razor test of addiction (unhealthy displaced compulsions) is the answer to these three  questions:
1. Does your hurt, habit or hangup, your drug of choice, separate you from your relationship with God?
2. Do you engage in displaced addictive behavior (drugs, alcohol, porn, anger, etc.) in order to attempt to regain control over your feeling helpless, trapped and powerless?
3. Are you making, "False idols," out of your behavior? (The psalmist asks, “How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?” (Psalm 4:2).


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"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.

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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 .

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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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