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You've Stopped Using, So Why is Your Brain Still Craving?

"Harnessing the Power of Natural Positive Reinforcers in Recovery
When you’re in the grip of addiction, your view of the world can narrow and be focused only on your “drug of choice.”.  Everything else – friends, family, work – loses its appeal. Before long, it seems that that there is only one possible source of pleasure in your life. And in a sense this is true; your drug of choice may be the only thing that really makes you feel good anymore. You can find yourself in this downward spiral whether you’re addicted to a substance (alcohol or drugs) or a process (such as anorexic food restriction, bulimia, food addiction, compulsive eating, gambling, or sex)."


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Positive reinforcers are direct healthy behavior.
When circumstances in our lives become overwhelming they cause us to feel frustrated, helpless, trapped, powerless and lacking control. Humans always attempt to regain control of our feelings our emotions. For various reasons, addicts don't regain control with direct behavior but instead choose a displaced or substitute behavior to escape the trap or regain control. Chemical addicts choose the quick fix or mood changer of drugs or alcohol. Compulsive gamblers choose gambling, etc.

People find that when they take direct healthy action, the  addictive urge almost always vanishes!  This sounds like magic but it makes sense because having acted more directly, they no longer need a substitute behavior. This direct healthy action could be simply facing your helpless circumstances, talking to a person or channeling your actions into a less destructive manner. Exercise, reading a book or doing something fun, (besides drugs),  can change the mood, empower the individual and regain control of their feelings!
Where there is direct (not displaced) behavior there is no addiction. This is where Christ driven behavior can be a direct healthy behavior. Always ask yourself, does my behavior honor God? When we decide to choose the values and principles espoused by Jesus Christ, we find motivation, self-control and purpose. This isn't rocket science, this is behavior science, this is human psychology.

The Bible is the book that contains this template for direct behavior, purpose based motivation, mindfulness, character, values and tenets for life. (Sermon on the Mount-The Eight Beatitudes). Empower yourself and choose to allow the philosophical values and principles of Jesus Christ to TRANSFORM your thinking and change the very essence of your life-forever.

Change your thinking and change your life.

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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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