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The Commonalities between Sex Addiction and Drug Addiction

By Elizabeth Seward Nov 21 2014

"There’s a reason why some people are said to have an “addictive personality.” Addiction isn’t necessarily contingent on a specific substance – it can often involve many different substances as well as behaviors. The common denominator between addicts might, in fact, be a neurological one. Researchers and medical professionals have long wondered if there might be a connection between an addiction to sex and an addiction to drugs. Anecdotal evidence has often seemed to support this correlation, but a recent study delves more deeply into the commonalities between sex addiction and drug addiction."

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The common denominator in any compulsive behavior is the user's reaction to, "feeling helpless."
Hurts, habits and hangups often result in displaced-substitute behavior instead of direct healthy behavior.

The function (purpose) of addiction is to reverse a sense of overwhelming helplessness. Addiction always serves and emotional purpose. When circumstances in life make us feel helpless, trapped and out of control, chemical abusers attempt to regain control of their circumstance with mood altering drugs. Taking the drug temporarily removes the trapped feeling because the abuser is doing something about it, they are regaining control of how they, "Feel."  Sex addicts due the exact same thing, they regain control with their displaced sexual behavior. The treatment is to replace how we, "Feel," with the Values of the Bible. When you cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ your behavior honors God; you operate with Christ Driven Behavior. When you surrender control to Christ, Christ returns that control to you with the values of the Holy Spirit. That's not an oxymoron, this is science and scripture at work.

All feelings are preceded by thoughts. Hopefully, people realize that what is important in life is best, "Felt," when they rely on values, motivation and purpose and not on an ephemeral and artificial, Quick Fix or Mood Changer of drugs, sex, porn, etc.

Matthew 11:28   “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Life is full of adversity that results in feelings of overwhelming helplessness being trapped and lacking control. Humans always try and regain control, escape the trap with either displaced behavior or direct behavior.

Proverbs 29:11:  "A fool vents their feelings, a wise person holds them back." (Addictive behavior, all hurts, habits and hangups are a (displaced) responses to overwhelming feelings of helplessness, being trapped, powerless and out of control). Proverbs 28:26 “Don’t trust your heart (emotions), think wisely.” Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.

Romans 12:2:  "Don't be conformed to this world but instead be transformed with new thinking." (We can respond to adversity with displaced behavior or direct healthy behavior, which is Christ Driven Behavior based on Christ’s values and tenets…) Ephesians 4:23

2 Corinthians 12:9-10:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (Surrender control to God, Intelligently Delegate control to Christ over life’s inevitable feelings of helplessness…..).

John 14:16:   “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— (We regain control of our helpless trapped feelings with the Holy Spirit, this is Reciprocal Innervation-we give God Control-He returns the control with Christ like thinking and values). Also John 14:26: “The Holy Spirit … will be your teacher and will bring to your minds all that I have said to you.” Philippians 4:13

Galatians 5:22-23:   “The fruits of the Spirit are self-control, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness.” (Regain control of your life in a healthy way. If you have a choice, choose a better life, of health direct Christ Driven Behavior).

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. “ God specializes in making all thing new.“

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."

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT)

Bottom line: Behavioral Science confirms Scripture from the perspective of when we intelligently delegate control to God, He returns that control to us with values, motivation and purpose. We have self control and behave with direct healthy Christ Driven Behavior and NOT displaced, compulsive, substitute behavior.


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"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.

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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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