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Substance Abuse and Loss of Control

Abusing drugs and/or alcohol does lead to loss of control. Note that the word is "loss", not the absence of control. Drugs and alcohol do decrease the individual's ability for self-control. This does not render them powerless. Everyone has the ability to control their lives to a certain extent, but first, they have to want to. This includes understanding what led them to lose control and why they went down that path. It helps if they really believe their lives would be improved without the substance they crave. This brings up the question of quality of life.

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All addictions are reward based, learned behaviors. Trigger - Behavior -Reward- Repeat.

I don't remember the first time I got drunk,  but I do remember the feeling. I felt on top of the world. I felt in control of my emotions in a good way for the first time in my life. That's the strange thing about addictions. You feel in control inside, even if you are not on the outside. Normal drinkers feel out of control when they get tipsy and stop!  Alcoholics feel more in control when intoxicated (emotionally) and keep drinking!

The bottom line is addictions are a learned behavior. Addictions always serve an emotional purpose. Addictions are behaviors used to reverse feelings of overwhelming frustration, helplessness, powerlessness, feeling trapped: to regain control of how we feel. Hence the reward.

The good news is we can all escape the trap and empower ourselves with direct healthy behaviors that enable us to regain control of our lives. The hard part is finding the motivation, the values and purpose that will empower us to re-learn how to live joyful sober lives. God gives us free will for a reason. He wants us to learn.

Romans 12: 2: "Don't be conformed to this world, but instead be transformed in your new thinking."

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Change your thinking and change your life.

Our thinking determines our feelings and our feelings determine our actions.
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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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