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Is Everyone Addicted to Something?

An addiction is not a charming quirk.

Published on March 26, 2014 by Peg O'Connor, Ph.D. in Philosophy Stirred, Not Shaken


This secular article is about people using the word addiction. It prompts for a clinical definition of addiction and a spiritual response.

What is addiction for a Christian for anyone?

In an effort to make a complex subject simple: Addictive acts are never random. Addiction is a behavior that humans exhibit in a specious effort to regain control of their lives. When something in our lives is profoundly stressful (conscious or not) and very important to the individual, causing  a FEELING of helplessness, trapped, powerless and out of control, we as humans attempt to regain that control, sometimes with compulsive addictive behavior.  For example, if I am cut off the road for no apparent reason by a careless driver, I feel momentarily helpless and out of control and may become angry with verbal expletives and hand gestures (road rage). Stress at work may cause feelings of being trapped, powerless with little control of my circumstances and hence I decide to get drunk after work. Teenagers with all their personal problems seek the Quick Fix or Mood Changer of drugs to re-gain control of their lives, lost with the stress of growing up. These are all behaviors that are attempts to reverse control to ourselves by being angry or getting drunk or using drugs! It does not matter whether you shoot heroin or excessively wash your hands or clean house excessively, obsess with porn or get angry or drunk. The cause and drive is the same.  It's all about loss of control and the way we humans attempt to regain that lost control. Think about this in your life. Pause and pray about what causes emotional turmoil in your life.

It’s all about finding the right CONTROL!

With CR we give control to God and corrupt compulsive, symptomatic, addictive behavior is controlled. Hurts, habits and hangups are overcome. With God as our psychotherapist, we anticipate those target moments that precede the compulsive behavior. When we give God control, He returns the control to us, empowering us with direct appropriate behavior based on His biblical values and mores.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10: "My grace is sufficient for you,  for there is power in weakness."

John 14:16-17 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—  17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.



Change your thinking and change your life! This isn't Rocket Science, it is God and Science. The great partnership more powerful than any affliction.

"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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