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Drug addiction is not just about chasing pleasure (feeling good) but also involves relieving emotional pain (relief reward or negative reinforcement).

There are two major sources of motivation with drug addiction (Koob, 2015). There is the pleasure that the person becomes hooked in the first place, but after a while, the brain system becomes so compromised that one is taking the drug to return to a normal state. In effect, an addict is not trying to get some extra pleasure, but just trying to feel normal or avoid feeling worse. In the words of Dr. Koob (2015), the same brain region responsible for making you feel good also makes you feel bad when you become addicted.


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In the 2019 movie, “Beautiful Boy,” the father asks his son, "Why do you do all these drugs?" The son answers, “I don’t know why, when I tried it I felt better than I ever have, so I just kept doing it.” 

It's human nature to want to feel better, to be happy and to want to find inner peace. The truth is that people don't necessarily chase feelings, they escape their feelings. Feelings need to be faced and not run from. The takeaway here is understanding, “Why,” do we all have the emotional need to feel better? "What," are the circumstances in life, that make us feel overwhelmed, frustrated, trapped, helpless - that make us feel bad? "How," do we manage our emotions and thinking in a direct healthy manner?  The application of this understanding, is the antidote to regaining control over compulsive behavior as well as finding inner peace, in our lives in general!   The biggest obstacle to increasing our self-awareness is the tendency to avoid the discomfort that comes from seeing ourselves as we really are, facing our feelings or emotions.

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Change your thinking and change your life. (Don’t conform, transform!)
Our thinking determines our feelings and our feelings determine our actions.
When your values trump your addiction, there is no addiction.


"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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