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Ridding Happiness Contaminants 9: Addictions and Compulsions

Three powerful strategies to getting started getting stopped

The Case of Bob

"Twenty-four-year old Bob came into my office and plopped his six foot four inch, two hundred and twenty pound body down on my couch. Blonde, handsome, and strapping, he looked like he could have been a star linebacker on his college football team."

"But his story was anything but glamorous or glorious. He told me about one life failure after another, all because of his addiction to cocaine."


The author does not address WHY Bob loves his cocaine. With proper introspection, all chemical abusers, all addictions and compulsions serve an emotional purpose. People take drugs to change the way they feel. There is always a reward in our behavior. When a person experiences specific circumstances in their life that are overwhelming, that causes intolerable feelings of helplessness, feeling trapped, felling powerless and feeling out of control. Addicts regain control with a displaced behaviors that result in a quick fix or mood changer! Bob regained control over his emotional state with cocaine. The fact is,  that drugs work, at least temporarily! One antidote, the best antidote,  is to regain control with direct healthy behavior. As the author notes you do want to Recognize  (Observe) and Reframe (Evaluate) the pros and cons. You also want to Replace the substitute, displaced behavior with a direct healthy behavior.
Replace the benefits from addiction or any hurt, habit or hangup.  Shift the benefits or re-channel them! What more direct alternative actions could I  have taken in place of the displaced addictive act? (substitute healthy thinking). Regain control over your helpless feelings with Christ Driven Behavior that honors God!

When you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we gain new benefits, values, motivation and purpose. "You will not be conformed to this world, but transformed with new thinking."  Replace your old behavior with Direct Christ Driven Behavior. "God's grace is sufficient for you for their is power in weakness."  Always ask: Will my behavior honor God? What would Christ do? This is the new direct healthy behavior! Direct healthy assertive behavior is the best way to regain control over adversity, the best way to reverse feelings of helplessness.  Bob does not have an incurable disease. Bob has emotions he does not understand and has not learned to manage. Give God control and God will return that control and empower you with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not the least of which is self control.

Change your thinking and change your life.


"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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