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What If Addiction is Your Wake-Up Call?
By Dominica Applegate Jun 28 2016

"Many experts say that addiction is so widespread simply because people don’t like to feel pain or emptiness, so they reach for things that will help them feel better. Others assert that the brain is to blame, as its neurotransmitters go into high gear when it experiences a good buzz and starts to crave for more."

Source: http://www.soberrecovery.com/addiction/what-if-addiction-is-your-wake-up-call/

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Is your hurt, habit or hangup God's last wakeup call?

1.Does your behavior separate you from God? (The greatest evil of addiction is that it separates the addict from God).
2. Are you making, "False idols," out of your consumptive behavior? (The psalmist asks, “How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?” (Psalm 4:2).
3. Do you exhibit your hurt, habit or hangup as an attempt to control emotional circumstances in your life that make you feel powerless and helpless? Do you seek to change your feelings with a quick fix or mood changer of drugs? In other words, does your emotions and actions serve as a displaced behavioral attempt to regain control over overwhelming emotional feelings of helplessness, powerless or being trapped? If so, you have a compulsion or hurt, habit or hangup. Welcome to life. Victory is defined as when you no longer resort to displaced behavior (in response to overwhelming stress) but instead use a direct behavior, a God Driven Behavior. What would Jesus do? All addiction experts will tell you that values determine behavior. Where do you get your values? Is my identity in the grace of God? When your identity is in Christ you regain control of intolerable circumstances with Christ Driven Behavior and not a quick fix or mood changer of drugs or any other habit or hangup.
Change your thinking and change your life. Place your identity in Christ and you will regain control with Christ Driven Behaviors that honor God. Synergize your free will with God's will.


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"I am a Grateful 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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