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It’s Going to Hurt: Dealing with Painful Emotions

"Throughout life, all individuals experience a wide range of emotions—from joy and ecstasy to grief and depression. However, not everyone is able to take the bad with the good.'

"Addicts are especially quick to kick and scream or attempt an escape tactic when it comes to any emotional pain. "

Read more: http://www.soberrecovery.com/addiction/it-s-going-to-hurt-dealing-with-painful-emotions/

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The core of addictive thinking is that life should be fair, easy and painless. 

ADDICTION IS A DISPLACED EFFORT TO REGAIN CONTROL OVER AN EMOTIONAL STATE.

Addiction is a substitute or displaced behavior used to regain control of intolerably helpless feelings of being trapped, powerless and out of control.

Direct behavior is a behavior used to regain control over our feelings with the capacity to see things from God's perspective and to respond according to scriptural principles.

True addiction (versus simple physical dependence) is neither more nor less than an emotional solution to manage feelings of intolerable helplessness. When people feel utterly trapped they have to do something, and if they feel they can't act directly to get out of that trap, then they have to do something else. The "something else" is, therefore, a substitute action (technically called a "displacement"). When people repetitively perform a displaced action to try to manage overwhelming helplessness, we call this driven, compulsive behavior an addiction.  

The antidote to addictions and all hurts habits and hangups is to regain control of helpless feelings with direct behavior. Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) that honors God given values is a form of direct behavior. When we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ it comes with a built in Helper, that instills new thinking, values, motivation and purpose. Bottom line, give God control with genuine surrender and He will return that control with self control.

Direct behavior is having the wisdom to think according to God’s perspective and the ability to respond or behave according to scriptural principles and values.

Where there is direct behavior, there is no addiction.

Neurons that fire together, wire together. When we act with assertive healthy Christ Driven Behavior there is no addiction!

Change your thinking and change your life.


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"I am a Grateful 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 .

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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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