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Quitting Is Not Really About Quitting

Treatment clients don't want to quit, they want to live better lives

Published on January 30, 2013 by Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. in All About Addiction

 

"Getting people to stop doing anything is almost impossible. Teaching them to do something else instead is much easier."

 

"Importantly, examples of the "replace, not eliminate" method abound - Getting people with high cholesterol to stop eating red meat is much more difficult than getting them to replace a few servings of red meat a week with a healthier option. By repeating the process practitioners can nearly eliminate red meat consumption over time with much higher success rates. Getting obese children to stop eating sugar is nearly impossible but getting them to replace some of their snacks with low calorie alternatives works much better. My wife has even been able to replace most of the ice-cream in our house with healthier vegan alternatives - quite a feat for a sweet-tooth like myself - but she has never been able to stop me from eating dessert on a regular basis.

 

To keep a client motivated in treatment it is important to keep them focused not only on what they are trying to get away from but also on what they are working towards. Indeed, by reframing the treatment goal from "trying to quit drugs" to "trying to introduce more exercise," or "trying to do better in school," or even "trying to have a better relationship with my wife," we can keep them focused on engaging in new behavior instead of stopping old problems. And each of those goals is almost guaranteed to reduce their drug use at the same time."

 

What does this post have to do with CR?  Dr. Jaffee is showing the importance of alternative actions to replace negative behavior. This is what CR does best. When you are involved with CR you are involved with God. Your views on life change, your thinking changes,  and so does negative behavior.

 

Read more Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201301/quitting-is-not-really-about-quitting


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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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