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In order to understand your addiction, you need to understand your life. Simply stated addiction is when desire goes unchecked.
Addictions can become labels, which can then be rationalized, when in fact addictions can be meaningless words and platitudes that distract from the real issue. Addictions are not the issue. YOU ARE. Addictions do affect people, but they don't need to take over or override your values. The real question becomes where do you get your values and do you exercise them?

 

The responsibility is on you, to identify why and how you make bad decisions and to take corresponding steps to make better decisions in the future. When you blame the problem on your issue, you’re telling yourself “My problem is more powerful than I am.” That’s not true – you CAN take responsibility for your life, for your good decisions and your bad ones, and have the life you want. Issues are not the problem - you are. But you know what? You're also the solution with God's help."

 

This is the value of Celebrate Recovery.  You are the solution in that you have free will and can change how you think. You may be powerless over your tendency to do wrong, but you are not powerless to think and choose. Feelings and behaviors are caused by a person's thoughts, not on outside stimuli like people, situations and events.  Change your thinking to the values of Jesus Christ and God will change your life. Choose to Surrender your life to Christ. Choose to delegate control of your life to Jesus Christ. This is, "Intelligent Delegation." This is Obedience or Surrender. Delegating control is not intrinsically a weakness. There is Power in Weakness. (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10). If your thinking is based on the Holy Spirit, then how you feel will change your behavior and your actions. You will have a new Purpose in life. Virtually all change ultimately occurs because of decisions (THINKING) people make for themselves. The most powerful techniques for bringing about change, therefore, allow people to follow their own VALUES and preferences. When do people change? When they want to. When MOTIVATED to do so. Change your thinking to Christ’s values and let God change your life. This is the essence of Celebrate Recovery, celebrating and practicing the values of Jesus Christ.


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"I am a Grateful 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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