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Q&A: Carl Hart’s drug-use studies convinced him to look behind the next hit
Columbia professor speaking in Vancouver next week says addicts will choose a better alternative, if it’s offered.

Carl Hart, a Columbia University psychology professor and expert on how the brain reacts to drugs, will be speaking in Vancouver on Wednesday about addictions and gambling.

Hart’s work in scientific journals and his 2013 book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, dispute the notion that illegal drugs are the major cause of inner-city blight. Street drugs are far less addictive than most people think, he says, and “addicts” who are offered attractive alternatives will choose them instead.

Source: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/carl+hart+drug+studies+convinced+look+behind+next/11685904/story.html


Dr. Hart knows of what he speaks. Lab and empirical studies continue to show that when addicts are given choices that they VALUE, they will not choose the drug.

We are powerless over our tendency to do the wrong thing, but not powerless over our choices.

This premise goes to the core of addiction. People change when their values trump their addiction. People change when they hurt enough and have to or when they learn enough and want to! People change when they decide to change!

When we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and truly delegate control to Christ (surrender)we actually regain control of our lives. We acquire values that replace our corrupted behaviors. All addiction experts will tell you that values are critical in changing behavior.

When you get your values from the Bible, there is no displaced behavior but instead direct healthy Christ driven behavior. When we act with Christ Driven Behavior (CDB), there is no addiction.

If that sounds too simple to believe pickup a Bible and read Mathew 11-28: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." This is an, "Invitation." You can accept it or reject it.

Fact: Addiction is a behavior used to regain control over HELPLESS FEELINGS.

Get your values and feelings from the Bible, the greatest book ever written on Behavior Therapy.

Change your thinking and change your life.

"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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