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Could CR have helped Cory? The simple answer is yes, if you believe that your feelings and behavior are controlled by your thinking; if your thinking is based on the values of Jesus Christ. If you, “Surrender” your life to Jesus Christ, something surprising happens in the brain. Neural functioning begins to change. Different circuits become activated, while others become deactivated. New dendrites are formed, new synaptic connections are made, and the brain becomes sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Perceptions alter, beliefs begin to change, God has meaning for you, God becomes neurologically real. Think-Feel-Act.


Glee's Farewell to Cory Monteith Leaves Addiction Questions
What the addiction treatment industry should take away from another tragic death


Practical information about addiction treatment and recovery by Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.
 “Things like this happen because, when someone has a serious addiction, the compulsion to use drugs and/or alcohol becomes more powerful than anything else, which is hard for many to understand. Certain factors place people at risk for developing an addiction including having a genetic predisposition (not reported publicly for Cory), and use of drugs and alcohol at an early age – Cory is reported to have started using drugs in early adolescence and he once told Parade magazine, that he used “anything and everything, as much as possible."  You’re also at risk for addiction if you live, work, or go to school in places where alcohol and drug use is common – certainly, the world of fame and fortune makes the conditions “right” for out-of-control substance use for many young people. Having a history of childhood trauma, including physical or sexual abuse and serious neglect, boost addiction risk, too.
We also now know that changes can occur in the brains of people with addiction, some of which may be lasting.  Alcohol and drugs produce their pleasurable, euphoric effects by directly or indirectly targeting the brain’s reward system, flooding it with a chemical messenger called dopamine and motivating use again and again. With repeated use, dopamine’s impact on the reward system in the brain can become abnormally lowered, so that even heavier and more frequent use results in less pleasure or “high.” Other brain systems such as the stress response system then become overactive and result in unpleasant feelings such as anxiety and “the blahs.” As addiction worsens, people are driven to keep using more to relieve these unpleasant feelings than to seek pleasure. That is, they use drugs and alcohol to feel “normal” or “not sick” more than to get high.
Addictive use eventually leads to profound changes in the brain and its memory systems so that reminders of drug or alcohol use, such as seeing drug paraphernalia or a wine bottle can trigger cravings, even after many years of not using. In short, chronic heavy drug and alcohol use can alter the brain’s structure and function, resulting in changes that last long after someone stops using and may explain why a return to drug or alcohol use can occur after prolonged periods of abstinence. For some substances, such as opioids and crystal meth, this “pull” back to using again is more profound than for others.
While people ask questions like, “Why would he do this?” and “Why didn’t rehab work?”, few ask “What kind of treatment did Cory receive – or not receive?” The celeb magazines and various blogs on the topic talk about difficult post-rehab transitions, insufficiencies of just 30 days of rehab, and the fact that rehab is only the beginning of recovery. While all are valid, few have asked, “Could it be that rehab failed Cory?”

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/inside-rehab/201310/glees-farewell-cory-monteith-leaves-addiction-questions-0


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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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