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In my view, addiction and all hurts, habits and hangups, often become displaced behavior exhibited in order for a person to regain some measure of control in their life. From a behavioral perspective, addiction is a compulsive behavior, a symptom, not a disease but a behavior intended to reverse a sense of helplessness, feeling trapped, powerless, a lack of control in one’s life. Addictive actions are the result of an emotional process – an attempted solution to feeling helplessly overwhelmed. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual. Addiction is a symptom of an underlying root cause of emotional trauma. While over simplifying his premise, the trauma begins with feelings and is treated with changed thinking. Take anger for example: I’m shy so I drink for social comfort. I regain control with alcohol. I’m a teenager who forgot to pay his fix it ticket that was $30 and now is $325 and out of my financial control- I get drunk because at least I can control this act! Example 2: I’m angry at the driver who just cut me off in traffic, I attempt to regain control by losing my temper and cursing and gesturing about his actions. Another example: My boss suddenly demands that I present a lengthy financial report by the end of the day. I decide that then and there that after work, I am going to take control and get DRUNK. 

 

Powerless over one’s tendency to do wrong:
Not to feel cravings, not to feel urges. I don't know anybody who can do that. The long-term approach to changing one's emotions, is to accept your emotions, deal with the cause and don't let your compulsive emotion driven behavior deter you from what you really value in life.

 

Goals are important advantages for overcoming addictions. You will not usually be sufficiently motivated to give up an addiction or habit simply because it is bad for you or because others want you to stop. But when a habit or addiction interferes with accomplishing a goal you want to attain, or something larger you are committed to, you are more inclined to quit. Thus instead of focusing on what you need to quit or escape from, it is critical to focus on what you want to achieve. Giving up your addiction then becomes a necessary step on the road to getting where you wish to go. It is a lack of purpose and meaning in people's life. When they lack that sense of purpose, addiction seems like a really good proposition. It gives them a sense of meaning, of purpose, of identity - although not one that is positive or sustainable. The challenge of recovery is to find meaning and purpose in life. (Goals and meaning are short term but purpose is long term).
It is my solemn belief that ultimate Purpose in life can only be found with respect to eternal life and Jesus Christ.

 

Powerless over one’s tendency to do wrong:
Not to feel cravings, not to feel urges. I don't know anybody who can do that. The long-term approach to changing one's emotions, is to accept your emotions, deal with the cause and don't let your compulsive emotion driven behavior deter you from what you really value in life.

 

When are we most vulnerable to an intolerable sense of helplessness, a complete lack of control, in our lives? From a Christian perspective, the answer, is when we are separated from God. The feelings of helplessness and lack of control are key elements to causing addictive behavior. With Christian Behavior Therapy, when one surrenders their will to God, then the element of control is intellectually absorbed and delegated absolving the addict from helplessness and lack of control. When we fashion our lives after Jesus Christ, our thinking changes, our behavior changes, our actions change. A person's purpose and values are the main navigational tools in recovery from any hurt, habit or hang-up.

The Bible is the book that contains this template for purpose and values. Addictive actions are the result of an emotional process – an attempted solution to feeling helplessly overwhelmed. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual.
When are we most vulnerable to an intolerable sense of helplessness, a complete lack of control, in our lives? From a Christian perspective, the answer, is when we are separated from God. The feelings of helplessness and lack of control are key elements to causing addictive behavior. With Christian Behavior Therapy, when one surrenders their will to God, (Principle 3) then the element of control is intellectually absorbed and delegated absolving the addict from helplessness and lack of control. When we fashion our lives after Jesus Christ, our thinking changes, our behavior changes, our actions change. A person's purpose and values are the main navigational tools in recovery from any hurt, habit or hang-up. The Bible is the book that contains this template for purpose and values.


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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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