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What You Really Don't Know About Recovery By Maia Szalavitz

"Once an addict, always an addict. Hitting bottom. Tough love. These are only myths about beating addiction. Why can't we handle the truth?"

"We all think we “know” a lot about addiction. Recovering people, especially, believe that they have particular insight—but even those who have never set foot in a 12-step meeting or found themselves struggling to resist the call of the crack pipe are persuaded of their knowledge of drugs and addiction. After all, almost every American kid is subjected to drug education in secondary school, and pop culture is rife with portrayals of addicts and (fewer) sober folks."

"Unfortunately, most of what we think we “know” is slightly incorrect or based more on myth than on fact or completely divorced from reality. But because we think we already “know” what we need to know, the myths and misconceptions are continually repeated."

Read more: https://www.thefix.com/content/truths-and-myths-about-addiction-recovery8852


There is one common denominator in all recovery. That common denominator is values and purpose, the main navigational tools in life. When a person's values trump their compulsive behavior, their is no addiction. Where do you get your values and purpose in life?

Don't be misled by the word, “Recovery." America has created two neologisms—"recovery" and "sobriety"—both of which are taken to mean abstinence. Neither term is accurate. Sobriety is not abstinence: the word literally means not being intoxicated or, in its broad sense, taking a serious approach to life. Recovery does not necessarily mean avoiding a substance forever. It means regaining a foothold in life by finding values, purpose and meaning. Recovery refers to a return of a normal God oriented healthy state of mind, body and spirit. Where Jesus Christ is first and foremost in your life. When you love God with all your heart, mind and soul. When you surrender or intelligently decide to delegate control to God.

When you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you will have Christ Driven Behavior.
Christ Driven Behavior (CDB), is  replete with values and purpose,  with renewed thinking (Romans 12:2), a life time mentor (John 14:16) and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).

Change your thinking and change your life.

"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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