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Mr. Tyson’s piece was a heartfelt perspective on dealing with addiction and behavior change in general. It is poignant article in which he shares how his relationship with drugs and alcohol developed over the years. He discusses how the tragic death of his daughter helped him quit in 2009. His story doesn’t only discuss how and why he stopped when he did. It also discusses what led him back to drugs and alcohol after that. In fact, what I found most revolutionary in his piece was how Mr. Tyson discusses the importance of dealing with relapse. The take home was powerful and very compatible with the psychological theories of Relapse Prevention and Harm Reduction.

One of the most important things when working to change your relationship with behaviors related to drugs, alcohol, food, exercise or any other resolution is to handle any lapse in your plan as adaptively as possible. Try to look at any lapse as an opportunity to prepare better for future challenges rather than a failure. Relapse can be thought of a teacher on the road to recovery.

Lance Dodes MD: "Addiction is a displaced behavior, a symptom not a disease, caused by feelings of profound, intolerable helplessness and lack of control. Addiction is a behavior intended to reverse a profound, intolerable sense of helplessness. This displacement (addiction) is an attempt to regain some measure of self-control. 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. The drive in addictive behavior is rage at the helplessness."

From a Christian perspective, a Celebrate Christ perspective, for me, Addiction is about discovering the root cause of your issues, understanding your emotions, surrendering control to God and changing your thinking. 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, regardless of your hurt, habit or hangup. With Christian Behavior Therapy, when one surrenders their will to God, then the element of control is intellectually 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. We are in control by giving God Control! The greatest evil of addiction is that it separates the addict from God (Psalms 4:2). Perfection is not required, but progress is possible, when you allow Christ to change your thinking.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/04/opinion/mike-tyson-fighting-to-kick-the-habit.html?_r=0


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"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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