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The myth that people with alcoholism are powerless over alcohol is deeply misinformed, and just as dangerous. Addiction arises from inside of people – their drive to excessively drink, use other drugs, eat, gamble, and so on. To think that alcohol is the problem in alcoholism is to believe it has a magnetic power to enslave people. This is sheer nonsense. And when people think that their problem is a chemical in a bottle, they focus on trying to resist the chemical rather than doing what is truly useful: trying to understand their minds.

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No one with free will is powerless to think and to choose. Humans are powerless over our tendency to let our emotions govern our behavior.

Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.

The operative word here is tendency. As Dr. Dodes notes, the problem is in the way we think.
More specifically the problem is our emotions. All addictions serve and emotional purpose. Addicts our powerless over their tendency to let their emotions drive their behavior instead of thinking. We are not powerless to choose a direct healthy behavior over a displaced substitute behavior, such as the quick fix or mood changer of drugs and alcohol.

All addiction is caused by one underlying emotion: intolerable, helplessness. When one feels helpless, they feel trapped, powerless and out of control. 

Reasons for abusive drinking are driven by emotional factors, usually feelings of helplessness (about whatever in life makes one feel overwhelmingly trapped). 

Addictive behavior is never random. People behave the way they do for a reason. You can't get addicted to a substance or behavior that you have not learned does something for you. In my experience, addictions always serve an emotional purpose and that purpose is to regain control over helpless feelings. 

Lance Dodes Principle: Addiction is a displaced  behavior used to regain control over an emotional state (helpless, trapped, powerless) with a displaced behavior (HHH). Regain control with a direct healthy behavior that will empower you and there is no addiction! There's always something people can do at these overwhelming moments that is more direct! ( even if not perfect). People find that when they take direct healthy action, the addictive urge almost always vanishes!  This sounds like magic but it makes sense because having acted more directly, they no longer need a substitute behavior. 

JC Principle of Intelligent Delegation and Reciprocal Innervation: Delegate (surrender) control to God (2 Cor. 12: 9-10) and GOD  will reciprocate by empowering you with the Holy Spirit (John 14:16), that will enable you to regain control with direct healthy behavior, with new transformed thinking (Romans 12:2), motivation, purpose and fruits of the Holy Spirit or values (Galatians 5:22-23). (Note self-control is one of those fruits or values!).

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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.


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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