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The Nature of Opiate Addiction
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"The first time I ever took Vicodin for an injury I fell in love. I felt relief from not only physical pain, but all pain. This included the stress, depression and anger I had been living with for several years. I thought to myself, “This is what it feels like to be happy.” I believed that everyone else got to feel that warm happy feeling every day and that somehow I had been cheated out of the emotion."


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Addictions always serve an emotional purpose. Addcitions are behaviors used to regain control over an emotional state. That emotional state is one of feeling overwhelmed, helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control. There is always a reason and a reward for chemical abuse. Lack of happiness and the knowlege that a drug can temporarily bring about a measure of that happiness is a reward, a way of regaining control over how you want to feel. When you don't feel happy, you feel helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control. This is when people opt for the quick fix or mood changer of drugs.

Recognize the key emotional moment or circumstance that precipitates the compulsive behavior, Reframe and understand the feelings  of helplessness-powerless-feeling out of control, Replace or regain control of the feeling with new empowering behavior direct healthy behavior.

Get your feelings from the Bible, change your thinking and change your life.

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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 .

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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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