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When you think about it, all addiction can be deduced to principles of the acquisition of pleasure and avoidance of pain.

In medical school we learn a disease model:

Disease Model = Pathogens X  Quantity of Pathogens  X  Virulence
                                             Immunity of Host Organism 
                         

                  

Celebrate Recovery Model =  Values X Purpose X Choice X Holy Spirit 

                                                                       Selfish Temptation

            
In truth, Addiction is arguably not a brain disease other than perhaps in rats. Addiction is a behavior intended to reverse a profound, intolerable sense of helplessness, loss of control. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual.

All CHANGE ultimately occurs because of decisions (THINKING) people make for themselves. People change when they hurt enough and have to or when they learn enough and want to.

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 they are MOTIVATED to do so. Values + Preferences = Motivation. When people change their behavior it is because something has changed inside of them. All real change ultimately occurs when people make decisions for themselves! (not police, parents, friends).  The plain simple truth is, that if and when we surrender our lives to Christ our values change to His, our lives change to His.

The best guarantee for avoiding addiction is to build up sufficient rewards to offset any potential addictive appeal from drugs, hurts, habits or hangups. In Celebrate Recovery this is performed by our knowing the Holy Spirit in the Word of God. Likewise the best method of replacing corrupted rewards of addiction are to replace those rewards with the HS and supplement life’s normal rewards with the blessings and gratitude that we can appreciate in this world.

The greatest evil of any ADDICTION,  is that it separates the addict from God.

 


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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 .

“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.

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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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