“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Cor 5:17
May God bless your brand new life when you come to Jesus!
Yes…those who end their addiction become ‘new’ too!
Our God is a God of many second chances.
All addiction is, is sin…a bad choice…a substitute for HIM gone wrong; there are NO substitutes for God.
He understands your search. He hopes your own personal road leads back to Him.
As an Addictions Coach and a pioneer of changing the face of addiction in coming against the 12 Steppers, I’m not your favorite person coming down the street. Users question why I say hello, families draw back thinking I’m going to give them the Rescue talk, and for the few that addiction doesn’t affect, they’re afraid I’ll suspect that they’re ‘addicts’. I guess I can’t win a popularity award around anyone these days…except for those who I coach through their darkness and who come out the other side in victory. It is for those lives that I’m here.
If you see me in your neighborhood, don’t bolt; just talk to me. I’m there because you need to be rescued. I’m there to stop you from dying. I’m there because God saved my life from a terrible addiction in order to save yours. It’s not easy…just worth it. You’re worth it.
The healing obtained through God is forever…without steps…without wagons…without being labeled an addict ever again. God brings freedom and hope.
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I’ve been saying it for years. My basis for knowing that Addiction is not a disease is by my own healing and the healing of others that I work with. There’s also the use of my ‘rational’ mind and deductions that just make sense. Addiction is a choice…a very lethal one; nevertheless, it’s a decision one makes and then quickly gets taken over by the body-snatching quality of the drug. I am putting the article below about another who believes as I do. I have come under much scrutiny because of my reactions of utter shock at the lunacy of the 12 Steppers along with all their false antics. It’s actually laughable. Let’s see what the scientific article below has to say. There is, I must say, a revolution now that agrees with me. To date, there is ZERO evidence that supports the disease ‘theory’. It’s just the theory started by a madman spiritists named Bill Wilson & Bob Smith…both idiots and psychotics.
Part of what makes addiction so compelling is that it forms a kind of conceptual/political crossroads for thinking about human nature. After all, to make sense of addiction we need to make sense of what it is to be an agent who acts, with values, in the face of consequences, under pressure, with compulsion, out of need and desire. One needs a whole philosophy to understand addiction.
Today I want to respond to readers who were outraged by my willingness even to question whether addiction is a disease of the brain.
Let us first ask: what makes something — a substance or an activity — addictive? Is there a property shared by all the things to which we can get addicted?
Unlikely. Addictive substances such as alcohol, heroin and nicotine are chemically distinct. Moreover, activities such as gambling, eating, sex — activities that are widely believed to be addictive — have no ingredients.
And yet it is remarkable — as Gene Heyman notes in his excellent book on addiction — that there are only 20 or so
distinct activities and substances that produce addiction. There must be something in virtue of which these things, and these things alone, give rise to the distinctive pattern of use and abuse in the face of the medical, personal and legal perils that we know can stem from addiction.
What do gambling, sex, heroin and cocaine — and the other things that can addict us — have in common?
One strategy is to look not to the substances and activities themselves, but to the effects that they produce in addicts. And here neuroscience has delivered important insights.
If you feed an electrical wire through a rat’s skull and onto to a short dopamine release circuit that connects the VTA (ventral tegmental area) and the nucleus accumbens, and if you attach that wire to a lever-press, the rat will self-stimulate — press the lever to produce the increase in dopamine — and it will do so basically foreover, forgoing food, sex, water and exercise. Addiction, it would seem, is produced by direct action on the brain!
(See here for a useful Wikipedia review of this literature.)
And indeed, there is now a substantial body of evidence supporting the claim that all drugs or activities of abuse (as we can call them), have precisely this kind of effect on this dopamine neurochemical circuit.
When the American Society of Addiction Medicine recently declared addiction to be a brain disease their conclusion was based on findings like this. Addiction is an effect brought about in a neurochemical circuit in the brain. If true, this is important, for it means that if you want to treat addiction, you need to find ways to act on this neural substrate.
All the rest — the actual gambling or drug taking, the highs and lows, the stealing, lying and covering up, the indifference to work and incompetence in the workplace, the self-loathing and anxiety about getting high, or getting discovered, or about trying to stop, and the loss of friends and family, the life stories and personal and social pressures — all these are merely symptoms of the underlying neurological disease.
But not so fast. Consider:
All addictive drugs and activities elevate the dopamine release system. Such activation, we may say, is a necessary condition of addiction. But it is very doubtful that it is sufficient. Neuroscientists refer to the system in question as the “reward-reinforcement pathway” precisely because all rewarding activities, including nonaddictive ones like reading the comics on sunday morning or fixing the leaky pipe in the basement, modulate its activity. Elevated activity in the reward-reinforcement pathway is a normal concomitant of healthy, nonaddictive, engaged life.
Neuroscientists like to say that addictive drugs and activities, but not the nonaddictive ones, “highjack” the reward-reinforcement pathway, they don’t merely activate it. This is the real upshot of the rat example. The rat preferred lever-pressing to everything; it dis-valued everything in comparison with lever-pressing. And not because of the intrinsic value of lever-pressing, but because of the link artificially established between the lever-pressing and the dopamine release.
If this is right, then we haven’t discovered, in the reward reinforcement system, a neurochemical signature of addiction. We haven’t discovered the place where addiction happens in the brain. After all, the so-called highjacking of the reward system is not itself a neurochemical process; it is a process whereby neurochemical events get entrained within in a larger pattern of action and decision making.
Is addiction a disease of the brain? That’s a bit like saying that eating is a phenomenon of the stomach. The stomach is an important part of the story. But don’t forget the mouth, the intestines, the blood, and don’t forget the hunger, and also the whole socially-sustained practice of producing, shopping for and cooking food.
And so with addiction. The neural events in VTA clearly belong to the underlying mechanisms of addiction. They are necessary, but not sufficient; they are only part of the story.
Remember: normally there is a dynamic quality to our actions and preferences, just as there is with those of rats. We enjoy exercising, but we soon get tired or bored. But rest, too, soon loses its appeal. We eat, and then we are sated. And then we are ready for the tread mill again. And so on. Things have gradually changing and complementary values. In addiction, this dynamic goes rigid. The addicts goal assumes a fixed value, and the value of everything shrinks to zero, and with terrible costs.
Our strategy was to look for systematic effects that all and only the addictive drugs and activities have on addicts. And we’ve found what we were looking for. The effects are behavioral and experiential. The things that addict us all produce a very distinctive breakdown in the organization of our preferences, actions and choices.
Is addiction a disease of the brain? This strikes me as a dubious falsification of what is, really, a phenomenon that can only be understood in terms of the life, choices, needs and understanding of the whole person.
The above article take from THIS SOURCE.
A little advice from Dina:
Choose not to use!
I have a real problem with Christian(???) 12 steppers still tagging themselves and others who are over addiction, an “addict” for the rest of their lives. I can understand the ignorance of the 12 steppers, who have not found Jesus, thinking this stupidity because they know nothing of the things of the Spirit; however, Christians? I have to think about whether they are my brethren or not. After all, they are denying the Power of our God! You know the Scripture from 2 Timothy 3:5 that says…“having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” So, I have nothing to do with them and I do “turn away”. Then, you have the Christian(???) steppers who say they are “powerless” and “diseased”. Well, I guess they have never read their Bible where God says, in 2 Tim 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE and of a SOUND MIND”. Hmmmm! Let’s see now. In Christ, I have “POWER” and a “SOUND MIND“! That means you are NOT powerless and NOT diseased. What herasy!!! If you want to keep using and using over and over again, then remain powerless and beat yourself up about having a relapsing disease and go to your hopeless and helpless AA meetings and feel sorry for yourselves. If you’re not a Christian, then I can’t expect you to feel hope; however, if you say you are a Christian, you had better get with the program before you find yourself in hell…both here and in the life to come.
“Therefore, 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 – GOD said it & meant it!
Bottom Line is that Addiction is Sin, not a disease. Addiction is a choice…a bad one.
Choose to give your sin of Addiction to Jesus
and be healed – Forever!
Did you know that your life matters? Do you also know that you have something to offer this world that no one else on earth can? You’re special to God; He made you just the way you are & He needs you on His team.
Remember: Addiction is a Choice…Not a Disease. Choose to be Set Free.
“He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20)
“I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26b)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num. 23:19)
“Great multitudes followed him (Jesus), and he healed them ALL.” (Matthew 12:15)
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and HEALING EVERY SICKNESS and EVERY DISEASE among the people.” (Matthew 9:35)
The Bible (God’s Holy Word) is full of Scriptures on healing, as above. Now, I ask you, is this not a God who wants you completely healed from Addiction or is He a God who wants you always recovering and never being able to recover? Jesus was tortured, beaten and crucified so that you can be FREE! He’s available to you just by asking Him to come into your life and doing it His way. He did it for me after over 40 years of addiction…He will do it for you too. Choose Jesus.