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What does, "Thumb Sucking," have to do with alcoholism? Well, arguably, everything. Children don't suck their thumbs for no reason.  People don't abuse alcohol unless they have learned it does something for them!

My son sucked his thumb for his first 10 years of life. He had calluses on both his thumbs. He wanted to stop but he couldn't. He sucked his thumb compulsively. I asked him why he sucked his thumb and his answer was, "I don't know it just feels good." He wanted to stop but couldn't. The truth is he sucked his thumb to escape his feelings, the frustrations and anxiety of life. One day he came home from school crying because he was sucking his thumb in class and only noticed it himself when his friends laughed and berated him! We considered taking him to a Psychologist when my wife had an brilliant idea. She thought, what does he really value besides sucking his thumb? Well, for him it was money. We offered him $100 to stop sucking his thumb for a week. He agreed and never sucked his thumb again!

So what is my point? My point is this, when your values trump your addiction, there is no addiction. Addictions always serve an emotional purpose and that purpose is to escape the trap of feeling helpless, powerless and out of control. If you can find a high value behavior to replace your errant behavior you can change, you can empower yourself and regain control! When you choose to value a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will have purpose and values in life. You will conduct your life with Christ like character, conversation and conduct.

Addendum: My son is now a CPA who is financial controller for a multimillion dollar company.

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"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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