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When Addiction Becomes the Boss

By David Sack, M.D. on October 29, 2014 in Where Science Meets the Steps


"It’s always disturbing when drugs or alcohol take over a life but especially so when it happens to those we count on to be in control - the doctor, the pilot, the business executive, the judge, the attorney, among others.
A surgeon passes out drunk in the operating room yet blames dehydration and fatigue. A commercial pilot downs more than 15 rum and Cokes at a bar just hours before flying a 727. A doctor memorizes his patients’ birthdays and addresses so he can pick up prescriptions in their names."
"It’s always disturbing when drugs or alcohol take over a life but especially so when it happens to those we count on to be in control – the doctor, the pilot, the business executive, the judge, the attorney, among others. But as these anecdotes show, elite professionals are just as vulnerable to addiction as the rest of us. In fact, they may be more so, simply because of the way they are wired."


Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201410/when-addiction-becomes-the-boss/comments


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"The good news is that while professionals generally may be slow to seek help, once they do, their abstinence rates after treatment tend to be well above the general public."

Professionals have better results for one simple reason: "Purpose Driven Motivation."  They are often self employed, make a lot of money and have spent years in college. They have a lot to lose. Pride and the ability to maintain function at high levels, is always a procrastinating and obfuscating element with respect to seeing the big picture, to realize that they have made false idols out of their compulsive behavior.

Motivation and values are what cause people to change. They change when they hurt enough and have to or when they learn enough and want to.

At Christ Recovery, we engage in a relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship is founded on principles and values that give us the purpose driven motivation to transform our minds and become empowered new people.

Change your thinking and change your life.


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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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