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By Allison McCabe 12/13/14 http://www.thefix.com


"Dangers of Abusing Painkillers and Addiction Treatment Options." http://www.thefix.com/content/painkiller-addiction

"In our time, alcohol abuse is one of those really sneaky, insidious activities that can wreak havoc in any social or economic environment."  http://www.thefix.com/content/alcohol-abuse

"As an alcoholic, it's difficult to see yourself through the eyes of other people. In your own mind, you often fantasize that you don't have a problem. You try to believe that you can stop drinking at any time. You constantly revisit the many rationalizations you've made about why you drink:" http://www.thefix.com/content/alcohol-rehab

"Life as an alcoholic is difficult, and the detox process can be frightening, but with proper care, detox can be the start of a long and fruitful recovery. Detoxification, separating yourself from alcohol safely, is absolutely necessary if you ever again hope to lead a purposeful, meaningful life without using alcohol.As someone who is seeking treatment, several options may be available:" http://www.thefix.com/content/alcohol-detox

"The statistics and information behind alcohol use are truly shocking. More than half of all adults in the US use alcohol on a regular basis, and 6.6% of adults meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder. In 2013, 136.9 million people ages 12 and older used alcohol, 22.9% met criteria for binge drinkers, and 6.3% met criteria for heavy drinkers." http://www.thefix.com/content/alcohol-treatment

"When facing an addiction, it may seem like the entire world has spiraled out of control. Addiction treatment centers are available and can help in the process of recovery. All of the tools and resources needed to make recovery a reality are just a phone call away.The desire to overcome addiction is only a small portion of the recovery process. In order for a successful outcome, there are several areas that need to be addressed."


Addiction is a complicated subject made more simple:

All addictions serve an emotional purpose.
Addictions are symptoms not a disease.
Addictions are behaviors designed to regain control over helplessness.

Lance Dodes, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. (Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction) Dr. Dodes makes a complex subject simple when he states: "Addiction is a displaced behavior, a symptom not a disease, caused by feelings of profound, intolerable helplessness and lack of control. Addiction is a behavior intended to reverse a profound, intolerable sense of helplessness. This displacement (addiction) is an attempt to regain some measure of self-control. Addictive actions are the result of an emotional process – an attempted solution to feeling helplessly overwhelmed. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual. The drive in addictive behavior is rage at the helplessness."

Road Rage is the classic example. Your vehicle is compromised by a another driver that causes you to temporarily lose control of your emotions and possibly your vehicle as you swerve to avoid him. You get emotionally overwhelmed, trapped and helpless at least for brief moment in time. You lose control and attempt to regain that control with anger. The exact same thing happens with porn, drugs, alcoholism, you name it.

Virtually every addictive act is preceded by a feeling of helplessness or powerlessness. Addictive behavior functions to repair this underlying feeling of helplessness. It is able to do this because taking the addictive action (or even deciding to take this action) creates a sense of being empowered, of regaining control—over one’s emotional experience and one’s life.

Getting drunk, watching porn, fits of anger and other displaced compulsive habits or hangups, temporarily removes the trapped feeling because the abuser is doing something about it, they are regaining control. Compulsive addictive behavior could be precipitated by a fight with a spouse or girlfriend, road rage anger, financial problems, you name it. When a person attempts to regain control of the issue with displaced behavior such as drinking it is called alcoholism. Even the actual decision to drink can cause the person to feel like they escaped the helpless trap, to regain control.

Jesus Christ took this secular principle of control to a new level of eternal maturation. When we choose to have a personal relationship with Christ, we give Christ control of our lives and Christ returns that control to us with a lifetime Helper that empowers us with the fruits of the Holy Spirit including self-control.

If you have a choice, choose a better life. Change your thinking and change your life. Eat well, move well, think well.


"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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