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The Fight Against Addiction: Is Love All You Need?

March 27, 201512:01 PM ET

"The pharmaceutical model says that addiction is about chemicals. Addiction is a chronic incurable disease of the brain. The brain's pleasure centers are hijacked."

"The pharmaceutical model may be the conventional wisdom, but it is certainly not without controversy. Researchers such as Gene Heyman and Bruce K. Alexander have long questioned whether the data support this picture. (I wrote a series of posts here at 13.7 responding to Heyman's book a couple of years back; they are here, here, here, and here.)"

"As Hari reminds us, heroin use was rampant among U.S. soldiers stationed in Vietnam during that conflict. According to one study he cites, 20 percent of these American servicemen were heroin users. Over 85 percent of these users gave up heroin when they got home, the book says; they simply stopped taking the drug."

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The Vietnam addicts gave up heroin because they were no longer operating if an environment of helplessness over which they had little or no control.
Addiction is a complex disorder that includes neuropsychological changes, biochemical disruption, and interpersonal chaos. It is often accompanied by co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD. Thus, addiction recovery must address all these issues: the biochemical, neurological, psychological, and so forth.

I believe that the Word of God (scripture) makes dealing with addictive behavior as simple as possible and no simpler.

In Matthew 11:28   “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The function (purpose) of addiction is to reverse a sense of overwhelming helplessness and lack of control. Addiction always serves and emotional purpose. When circumstances in life make us feel helpless, trapped and out of control, addicts attempt to regain control of their circumstance with drugs. Taking the drug temporarily removes the trapped feeling because the abuser is doing something about it, they are regaining control. All feelings are proceeded 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.

When we are willing to surrender control to God, (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) He returns that control with the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). We regain control-self control with the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Easier said than done? Indeed, but it all starts with a decision and a choice. Start with "Drawing close to God, and He will draw close to you." James 4:8. Start with the best behavioral science book of all time, the Bible. A book all about loving God and loving others. 

Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents their feelings, a wise person holds them back." (addiction always serves an emotional purpose).
Romans 12:2 "Don't be conformed to this world but instead be transformed with new thinking." (Delegate control to Christ).
This isn't rocket science, this is the synergy of science and scripture; this is God's love.

"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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