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I used to think that simply not using drugs meant that I was "recovered" from my addiction. I wasn’t taking pills or getting high anymore, so—just like cancer—I was in remission. At least that's what I thought at the time.

One afternoon as I sat half-listening to my therapist at a drug counseling session about ways to move forward in sobriety, something she said caught my attention and changed the course of my life. She said, "You can spend the rest of your life sober, or you can recover and live the rest of your life." Until that moment, it had never occurred to me that there was something more I should aspire to than just being sober. Abstinence, sobriety, and recovery were all terms that I used interchangeably. I didn’t know that they were all very much different things.

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Recovery does not necessarily mean avoiding a substance forever.  When you recover something, you get it back. In other words, what we get back is ourselves. Recovery means regaining a foothold in life by finding purpose and meaning.  In the medical world we call it Recovery. In the church world recovery is called, Discipleship. Today, drug policy experts and cutting-edge treatment providers follow the path of harm reduction in that life preservation and improvement are the primary goals for addicts, not a perfectionist goal of never drinking or using again. Recovery is employing the tools to exercise direct healthy behaviors, not displaced substitute behaviors in order to empower oneself and regain control over adversity. Life is fraught with overwhelming and uncontrollable-helpless situations and events that cause stress. Recovery refers to a return of a normal God oriented healthy state of mind, body and spirit. Recovery refers to the action or process of regaining possession or control of your life, by how you think.  How you think determines how you feel. How you feel influences your actions, your behavior, your compulsions. Recovery, in fact, is not just about self-control, but self-acceptance. Recovery is about gratitude. Without gratitude their can be no happiness or recovery. Only when you fully accept yourself as you are, a creation made in God's image, can you stop trying to control how things appear, clearly observe the destructiveness of the quick-fix approach, and honestly admit that it’s not working for you. This is mature thinking and where real recovery begins. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1Corinthians 13:11 NIV

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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 .

“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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