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Gambling Addiction: A Real Disorder
By Tess Chedsey Apr 1 2015

"Gambling addiction differs from drug and alcohol addiction in that the results of the overindulgence in substances is apparent where the gambling addict shows no physical signs of addiction. There are no slurred words, shuffling gaits, bloodshot eyes, listlessness or ashen pallor to accompany the demeanor of the compulsive gambler. Rather, the unseen consequences may be financial, social and legal problems, including bankruptcy, divorce, job loss and jail time."

Read More: http://www.soberrecovery.com/addiction/gambling-addiction-a-real-disorder/


The cause of compulsive gambling is just like any other addiction. Addiction always serves and emotional purpose. When circumstances in life make us feel helpless, trapped and out of control, some folks attempt to regain control of their circumstance with drugs others gambling. Gambling in this case, temporarily removes the trapped feeling because the abuser is doing something about it, they are empowering themselves, they are regaining control.

All addictions are symptoms of something else that is wrong in our lives. All gambling abuse is for a reason. We always get some reward out of our actions. Addictions are nothing more than displaced behaviors intended to give the person control of a helpless situation in life. Instead of a normal direct action that conveys a healthy control over our issues, abusers exploit the quick fix or mood changer of gambling (displaced actions). Addictions are all about dealing with emotional issues that are very important to us and how we regain control of those issues. Do we escape from the trapped helpless feeling by taking control of our behavior with gambling (displaced) or do we utilize healthy (direct) behavior?

All feelings are proceeded by thoughts. Hopefully, people realize that what is important in life is best, "Felt," when they rely on values, motivation and purpose and not on an ephemeral and artificial, Quick Fix or Mood Changer.

Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents their feelings, a wise person holds them back."
Romans 12:2 "Don't be conformed to this world but instead be transformed with new thinking."

"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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