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"Prince died of an overdose. The news stories will claim it was an overdose of a medication but that’s not the whole story: his death came from our collective overdose on the medicalization of chronic pain. A champion against drug abuse, Prince succumbed to a medical system and a culture that took him by the hand, and in the name of compassion, walked him off a cliff."

"After enough time has gone by to heal tissue damage, dealing with pain is more like dealing with a very difficult emotion than it is dealing with a cut. You cannot find wise ways to do that by filling an opiate prescription. Chronic pain patients need skills, not just pills."

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/get-out-your-mind/201606/how-many-deaths-will-it-take-prince-is-just-the-latest


Often chemical addictions start with medication used to attenuate pain.
The medication works and without the medication the pain returns; we feel helpless and need more medication. Normally the injury will heal and the pain will subside. Sometimes it doesn't. Other times the pain will disappear but the user realizes that the medication makes them feel better emotionally, more up, more happy. Drugs can serve as an emotional quick fix or mood changer for what hurts us, physically, emotionally and psychologically. Drugs can work, there is always a reward for our behavior.

All compulsive behaviors (addictions) serve an emotional purpose.  When circumstances become overwhelming and cause feelings of helplessness, being trapped and out of control, humans always attempt to regain control. Sometimes people regain control with habits or hangups such as drugs. The addictive act itself empowers the abuser as they temporarily escape their helplessness trap! This is called a displaced behavior or substitute behavior. There are other options to regain control over our helpless feelings,  with direct, healthy, assertive behavior.
The antidote is to regain control over helpless circumstances with direct, healthy, assertive behavior not a displaced  quick fix or mood changer of drugs. Christ Driven Behavior is direct assertive behavior.

The antidote for any hurt, habit or hangup: Is when you choose to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, when you replace the rewards of displaced behaviors or addictions with the rewards of direct Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) that honors God. When you give God control that control will be returned to you with the fruits of the spirit including self-control. We develop new transformed thinking, new values, motivation, purpose and character. Christ is a great motivational mentor if you let Him; if you are willing to intellectually delegate control to the more qualified. Jesus Christ has been teaching behavior therapy for more  than 2000 years with 66 books written by proxy. Through prayer and scripture we Recognize our emotional weakness, our helpless situations, we Reframe the pros and cons of our  behavior and Replace the cons with new CDB behavior.

"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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