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The Painful Truth About Heroin

What is the connection between chronic pain and the heroin epidemic?

Post published by Scott Dehorty MSW, LCSW-C on Jun 25, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360

"There is currently a great deal of public discussion about the link between the heroin epidemic and prescription pain medications. Although the reasons are complicated and differ depending upon the person, we can trace the connection to one primary cause: addiction driven by a simple desire to feel better and/or live pain-free."

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/chronic-pain-360/201506/the-painful-truth-about-heroin


The primary cause might start with pain relief but it often escalates into serving an emotional purpose. That cause is to escape the helpless, trapped, powerless issues of life, that folks find overwhelming. Drugs serve to regain control, escape the trap and become compulsive behaviors.
All hurts, habits and hangups can result in Displaced Behaviors. What Christ teaches us is Direct Behavior, based on the values and tenets of Scripture.

A Displaced Behavior is substitute behavior, always an emotional response to circumstances that cause us to feel overwhelmed, helpless, trapped, powerless and lacking control. Often, we attempt to regain control of our helpless, trapped feelings with compulsive Displaced Behavior! (Drinking, anger, drugs, sex, porn, codependence, etc.). Virtually every compulsive act is preceded by a feeling of helplessness or powerlessness. Addictive behavior functions to repair this underlying feeling of helplessness. It is able to do this because taking the addictive action (or even deciding to take this action) creates a sense of being empowered, of regaining control—over one’s emotional experience and one’s life.

We can choose Direct Healthy Behavior when we give God control. Simply stated, we regain control with behavior that, "Honors Christ." We conduct our lives with Christ Driven Behaviors (CDB). When we change our thinking (repent) we can let God change our life. This isn't rocket science, this is the marriage of science and scripture.

"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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