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"Hart argues that scientists need to further examine how socioeconomic factors impact drug use rather than leaning on the brain disease model."

Read more: https://www.thefix.com/dr-carl-hart-calling-addiction-brain-disease-promotes-harmful-drug-policies

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Hart is right on the money. Calling addiction a brain disease is good for making money and policy. Insurance doesn't pay for moral failings. Doctors don't diagnose moral failings and the 15 billion dollar rehab business continues.
There is a difference between physical dependence (and homeostatic withdrawal) and addiction. Addictive compulsive behavior is a symptom of something wrong in our lives, not an incurable, biological brain disease. Addictions always serve an emotional purpose. There is always a reason and a reward.

Brains differ as people differ in height! There are anatomical variances in genders and people that are within the norm.  Hart says, he has never found pathology in prefontal cortex from drug abuse in humans when you give them cognitive tests.  Anatomical findings without follow up cognitive tests are useless. These tests are NOT done as the experimenters are biology oriented and not cognitive.


Carl in his book, High Price,  talks about his life and how he did not particularly care for drugs because he was athlete and that was his primary motivation. Drugs made him lose control and this was not good for athletics.

Carl is a Ph.D. neuroscientist that  talks about Set and Setting- brain and environment are key to understanding addiction. (p 207). He talks and writes cogently about the myths and propaganda behind drugs and race.

Harts lab experiments and observations in the life and hood led him to believe that drug behavior was amendable to change and competing reinforces contingent on social, educational and environmental factors. His own life experiences as a black man and his science in the lab with rats confirmed his observations.

Crack and cocaine are identical chemically except for salt in powder form that makes it non smoke able, yet crack penalties are 100 times that of coke! Methamphetamines produces same result as Adderall rx.
Anatomical correlation does not always equal causation. Yet scientific literature is replete with such erroneous correlations.

Spread the empirical evidence of Christ Driven Behavior (CDB), while discouraging the dissemination of myth, hysteria and hype.

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!).

Jesus Christ has been teaching this same principle for more than 2000 years.
Jesus Christ has been teaching behavior therapy for over 2000 years. Christ teaches that in order to regain control over helpless circumstances, delegate control to Christ. Christ will show us the difference between the quick fix or mood changer of displaced behavior and how to regain control of our emotions with direct healthy behavior.

Christ Driven Behavior (CDB), is  a way off this treadmill with renewed thinking (romans 12:2), a life time mentor (John 14:16) and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).


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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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