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Rx Pain Meds and Teens – A Troubling Combination

Today's teens abuse prescription painkillers more than any other age group

Post published by Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on Jul 27, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360

"Do you know about the dangers lurking in your medicine cabinet? Chances are, like many of us, you have one or more unused prescription bottles sitting in your medicine cabinet right now. For parents with teens, this can be a very dangerous scenario."

"According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, today's teens are abusing prescription painkillers more than any other age group or any other youth in history. DrugAbuse.gov also states that of all teens misusing prescription pain medications (opioids), more than 56 percent obtained the prescription pain pills from a friend or relative."

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/chronic-pain-360/201507/rx-pain-meds-and-teens-troubling-combination


Why does anyone abuse drugs on a compulsive basis? Addiction always serves an emotional purpose. Addictive behavior is never random. Addictive acts are always preceded by circumstances perceived by the individual to be overwhelming and causing feelings of being helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control.

All addictions are symptoms of something else that is wrong in our lives.
All chemical abuse is for a reason. We always get some reward out of our actions.
Addictions are nothing more than displaced or substitute compulsive behaviors or actions intended to give the person control over a helpless situation in life. Compulsive habits are never random, they are always preceded by an emotional issue considered very important to the individual. These circumstance are always preceded with feeling of overwhelming helplessness, feeling trapped and out of control.
Instead of a healthy normal (direct) action that conveys control over our issues, chemical abusers exploit the quick fix or mood changer of drugs (displaced) actions. For example: We find ourselves overwhelmed with financial matters that appear out of our control. We feel trapped. We escape the trap, take control, by getting drunk. A teenager's life is full of social and life issues from anxiety in dealing with the opposite sex to not having the money to remedy a fix it ticket for a car's broken tail light.
Addictions are all about dealing with emotional issues that are very important to us and how we regain control of those issues. We always act to regain control in some manner.

The question is: Do we escape from the trapped helpless feeling by taking control of our helpless situations with drugs (displaced) or do we utilize healthy (direct) behavior? The choice is always up to our free will.

Recognize: Why do you drink or take drugs? What good do you get from your chemical abuse? What are the underlying emotional themes that lead to the experience of helplessness and, in turn, its addictive solution?  Benefits are always there! Your brain is NOT hijacked! We choose compulsive behavior because it feels good to be in control. All compulsive behavior is all about regaining control of helpless, trapped, circumstances with displaced behaviors!
Reframe: What are the problems associated with it? What benefits would there be from stopping? What defenses do I employ or to keep myself from seeing the key moment?
Replace: Replace the old benefits from addiction.  Shift the benefits or re-channel them! What more direct alternative actions could I  have taken in place of the addictive act? (substitute healthy feelings and thinking).
When you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we gain new benefits, values, motivation, self control and purpose.  Replace your old behavior with Christ Driven Behavior. Always ask: Will my behavior honor God? This is the new direct healthy behavior!

"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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