Celebrate Recovery Addiction Treatment

What is Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is not for everyone. Celebrate Christ is dedicated to the idea that a person's purpose and values are the main navigational tools in recovery. The Bible is the book that contains this template for purpose and values. If you are a perfect human being, devoid of all problems, without any of life's hurts, habits or hangups, you don't need Celebrate Recovery because you are deceased. However, if you are still living on planet earth and want a reborn contentment and knowledge, if there are things in your life you want to change, you don’t change them from the outside in. You change them from the inside out. You start with your thought life, not by trying to change external things. If you have a faulty worldview, with your thinking askew, it’s going to cause all kinds of unnecessary problems in your life. Perfection is not required, but progress is possible, when you allow Christ to change your thinking.

Celebrate Recovery is a balanced, biblical program that helps to address hurts, habits and other life controlling problems.

Celebrate Recovery, is the Celebration of the values of Jesus Christ. It is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Christian Behavior Therapy that utilizes Biblical principles and mores, specifically employing the 8 Beatitudes, which are statements on life's values. You deal with hurts, habits or hang-ups from a biblical philosophical perspective, with emphasis on socially and morally appropriate behavior as taught by Jesus Christ in the pages of the Bible. Change your thinking, change your life.

Like other recovery programs, Celebrate Recovery isn’t for those who need it, but for those who want it. This recovery program is forward-looking. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Celebrate Recovery isn’t just about alcoholics, addicts, and those who love them, but also about the hurts, habits and hang-ups that affect us all.

Addiction therapy/recovery is evolving. Today, there are basically three models:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Programs: (AA/NA -12 Step programs).
2. Custom Clinical Approaches that empower the individual and are based on free will,
choice and empirical studies and modern research.
3. Support groups, including
SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety, LifeRing, SOS, Moderation Management (MM), HAMS Harm Reduction, and more. Individuals are encouraged to attend any/all mutual support, counseling, in- or out-patient treatment, etc.

The purpose of this page is to propose a fourth paradigm, a misunderstood and misrepresented paradigm. This paradigm is Celebrate Recovery, a unique therapeutic model that can save your life physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Celebrate Recovery is about Reality, Research and Responsibility. Celebrate Recovery isn't rocket science, it's good science, in the support of modern day principles and precepts of psychology and neurobiology. It is based on values, character, empowerment, motivation and the ability to change your thinking and change your life.
You could say that Celebrate Recovery is actually the study of Neuroplasticity and its relationship to the Cardio-Vascular system and the need for a purposeful-palpable Soul. Celebrate Recovery is the Spiritual Psychotherapy of Character.

What is becoming increasing salient to me is that the secular addiction experts are promulgating the very virtues and philosophy detailed by Jesus Christ over 2013 years ago!

By  way of illustration, Pastor Rick Warren parses simplicity from profundity when he says:

Behind everything you do is a
THOUGHT.

Every
BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.
Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.
Be careful how you
THINK, your life is shaped by your thoughts.
Proverbs 4:23
In other words, God wants our beliefs turned into
behavior.

You need to know what you believe and why you believe it is because it shapes your life.
The Bible tells us that our beliefs determine our behavior. If there are things in your life you want to change, you don’t change them from the outside in. You change them from the inside out. You start with your
thought life, not by trying to change external things. If you have a faulty worldview, including inappropriate coping mechanisms, it’s going to cause all kinds of unnecessary problems in your life.
God makes His
purpose for the Bible even more explicit in 2 Timothy 3:16-17: "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."
 

 No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking. — Voltaire

EVIDENCE BASED EMPERICAL MEDICINE:

In Real Estate, the saying is location, location, location. With terminating addictive behavior, it’s motivation, motivation, motivation. It’s also location, in that locating your values in large part determines your motivation.
In order to understand your addiction, you need to understand your life. Addiction is when desire goes unchecked. We need to learn manage our desires we need to uncover our values. Values, can be Faith, Family, Friends, Health, whatever is of value to you.

All change ultimately occurs because of decisions (THINKING) people make for themselves!

The most powerful techniques for bringing about change, therefore, allow people to follow their own values and preferences. When do people change? When they want to! When they are MOTIVATED to do so. This may or may not require a person to reach the so called bottom. For example, drugs become less attractive as other things become more important and more rewarding for them. All addictions rely on being rewarded in some way. Many former users are too busy making a living, supporting a family, or maintaining a position in society to continue pursuing the rewards of drug use. In reality, addiction is the cognitive synthesis of pain and pleasure.

Dr. Carl Rogers, arguably the most influential Psychologist of 20th Century said, “When you first accept yourself as you truly are, only then can you begin to change.”

Dr. Barnes and Dr. Wilson of Non12step.com in their newsletter talk about the multiplicity of tools and skills that can be taught and incorporated into a person's day-to-day life. These tools allow choice, empowerment and thinking. Drs. Barnes and Wilson specialize in Alcohol treatment, where, "There is no one size fits all problem or treatment. Everybody's triggers and risk factors are different."

Dr. Albert Ellis, a Cognitive Behavior scientist created Rational Emotive Therapy and the ABC model to help us deal with life's adversity. The fundamental assertion of Rational Emotive Therapy is that the way people feel is largely influenced by how they think.

Dr. Stanton Peele, in his book,"7 Tools to Beat Addiction, mentions that "People with strong values, and with the motivation to change, succeed better at quitting addictions. As a society, and as individuals, we need to grasp that there is no more important facilitator or antidote to addiction than our values."


Dr. Wes Boyd
, is an Attending Psychiatrist at Children’s Hospital Boston and on the faculty in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He speaks about adolescents using drugs and sites the importance of opening a dialog, in order to find out what motivates the child's use. Dr. Boyd outlines the 7 C’s of Leverage with respect to your child's ability to use drugs. Dr.Boyd concludes that it is best when adolescents who are using drugs decide for themselves that they need to make a change and then stop their drug use on their own.

In order to understand your addiction, you need to understand your life. Addiction is when desire goes unchecked. We need to learn manage our desires. Addiction is a behavior intended to reverse a profound, intolerable sense of helplessness. This helplessness is always rooted in something deeply important to the individual (values). All cancers share a similar process with addictions: the uncontrolled multiplying of cells. Similarly, we must first understand what all addictions and addictive processes have in common: the out-of-control and aimless searching for wholeness, happiness-a mood changer, a Quick Fix.
(Nakken, Craig. The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior). The best guarantee for avoiding addiction is to build up sufficient rewards to offset any potential addictive appeal from drugs. This approach also holds true when it comes to children. Kids who become involved in positive endeavors are less likely to be derailed by drugs, alcohol, or other addictions.


Ken Anderson, MA,
is a grass roots humanitarian who founded HAMS with the idea that people are empowered with the ability to think and choose life choices. Harm Reduction with respect to addiction, is a method of substituting less harmful events or behaviors in place of harmful addictive behavior. Clean needles/needle exchange is an example. All humans engage in various harm reduction methods in their lives. Wearing seat belts, observing traffic lights are social examples. Ken interviews addiction therapists from all over the world in his radio show, "Addiction Treatments that Work." Ken has a down to earth book called, "How to Change Your Drinking."

Rolf Ankermann, a 40 year alcoholic, believes in being the master of his own destiny. In his book, "Freedom to Recover," Rolf states, "I believe that mankind’s greatest gift is that of free-will, the ability and responsibility to make sound choices. For it is only through this “power” that we can choose to do the right thing and thus be in harmony with ourselves and the universe, or God if you will. Sobriety is a choice and the choice is yours alone."

Dr. Peter Ferentzy, "Dealing With Addiction: Why The 20th Century Was Wrong," is an addiction expert who has lived the life of a crack addict, reveals the ugly truth: the dominant approach to drug and alcohol addictions has hurt-and even killed-more people than it has helped. "Hitting bottom, abstinence, powerless" and other buzzwords are often code for approaches that promote failure, degradation, rape, and death-and on a scale that really amounts to genocide.

Dr. Edelstein, "Three Minute Therapy," based on Rational Emotive Therapy says, “Your feelings come from your thinking.” For most people, this truth is usually overlooked or denied. What upsets people is not things themselves but their judgments about the things."

Dr. Washton,
"Willpower is not Enough: Recovering from Addictions of Every Kind" states, "The inner disease that makes us so vulnerable to addiction, seems to originate in our belief system (thinking), for the beliefs we hold about ourselves, others, and the world around us determine to a large degree our feelings, personality, and outward behavior." Dr. Washton speaks of The Addictive Belief System (THINKING) System that involves, Dis-Ease, Quick Fix, and Mood-Changers. Washton succinctly clarifies among the beliefs that contribute to addiction are:

1. I should be perfect (and perfection is possible) Intolerance for anything that goes wrong that causes stress/anxiety!  This quest for perfection fuels an addictive behavior and the need for a Quick Fix!
2. I should be all-powerful (controlling myself and others). Other people are so annoying (coworkers-wife-kids)! This too feeds the need for a Mood Changer.
3. I should always get what I want.
(like children we want what we want right now; we can’t relax and accept ourselves because we want more and need more. This belief needs a Mood changer).
4. Life should be without pain and require no effort
. The core of addictive thinking is inherent in this belief. If we insist on avoiding emotional pain, on being comfortable all the time, we will have to seek ways to avoid reality, to escape our mood.

Dr. Tom Horvath, "Sex, Drugs, Gambling, & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addiction" wrote among other things, "Your life will probably be happier if your day-to-day choices are based on your long-term goals and ultimate values."

Mr. Moyers addiction and recovery insider wrote a book called, "Now What?, "An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recovery." Mr. Moyers quantifies, “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach." “My problem was not drinking or drugs. My problem was learning how to live life without drinking or drugs.” “Treatment does work, but only if the person wants it to (motivation),” Mr. Moyers said.

Sinclair Method:  The FDA-approved Naltrexone drug, removes the “pleasure feelings” and physical cravings associated with alcohol consumption and opioid drugs. By eliminating the drug cravings, patients are able to refocus their energy on establishing the drug free lifestyle. With cravings out of the way, patients can address the psychological reasons for their abuse. What this drug does is chemically change your
thinking by extinguishing reward pathways. Many drugs cause the release of endorphins— the body’s naturally produced opiates— in the brain whenever we drink alcohol or partake of recreational drugs. Endorphins are opiate- or morphine-like “local hormones” that provide pleasure and can become a shortcut for learning (repeat behavior). In practical terms, if you drink and the endorphins are blocked from stimulating the neurons, then you lose interest in drinking. Eskapa, Roy. The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction. Addiction is a learned behavior that has been reinforced (endorphins) so often and so powerfully that the addicted person is no longer able to control it. Neural pathways are engraved. In my view this therapy shows great promise because it can allow an immature mind to begin to, "Think," in more healthy manner.

Our beliefs determine our behavior. If there are things in your life you want to change, you don’t change them from the outside in. You change them from the inside out. You start with your thought life, not by trying to change external things. Second, if you have a faulty worldview, it’s going to cause all kinds of unnecessary problems in your life. People often don't seek treatment because they hate the options out there. "Denial" in the context of addiction treatment might mean that those who want help are simply not willing to except the only option offered to them. "Maybe it's time that we listened instead of blaming them for our failures."  Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.,, a UCLA researcher would agree. Maybe it is time they discovered Celebrate Recovery.  

Christian Behavior Therapy is in my view a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy that is based on the idea that feelings and behaviors are caused by a person's thoughts, not on outside stimuli like people, situations and events. People may not be able to change their circumstances, but they can change how they think about them and therefore change how they feel and behave. The way you feel emotionally emanates from the way you think. The bottom line is: Your feelings come from your thinking.
Contemplate this premise. If your
thoughts are based on the Holy Spirit working in your life, then how you feel will change your behavior, your actions and your life! You will have a new PURPOSE in your life. All change ultimately occurs because of decisions (THINKING) people make for themselves. The most powerful techniques for bringing about change, therefore, allow people to follow their own VALUES and preferences. When do people change? When they want to; when MOTIVATED to do so. Change your thinking and let God change your life.

Celebrate Recovery emphasizes taking personal responsibility. Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, it will help you face up to your own poor choices and deal with things you can do something about.
We cannot control all that happens to us, but we can control how we choose to respond to what happens to us. That is a secret of happiness. When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem.  When we stop hiding our own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, when we stop looking for the Quick Fix, the Mood Changer, we can and will overcome Dis-Ease. Then and only then can the healing power of Christ can begin working in our hearts, our minds, our wills, and our emotions.

With respect to thinking, Dr. Newberg, a Neuro-scientist, in his book, "How God Changes Your Brain, relates, "If you contemplate God long enough, something surprising happens in the brain. Neural functioning begins to change. Different circuits become activated, while others become deactivated. New dendrites are formed, new synaptic connections are made, and the brain becomes more sensitive to subtle realms of experience. Perceptions alter, beliefs begin to change, and if God has meaning for you, then God becomes neurologically real.

In my view, it is not unreasonable to postulate that the Holy Spirit acts as an Opioid antagonist and endorphin producing system in facilitating new neurological engrams of reward behavior. Now all Neuro pathways of reward are run through the new thought filter of new
thinking- a filter where the character values of Jesus Christ is sovereign.

Dennis Prager of PragerUniversity, Happiness Is a Serious Problem, and Think a Second Time), is one of the greatest minds to inhabit planet earth, put it in lay terms: "Boredom and lack of purpose is what drives people to use drugs. The inability to get high on life itself. Gratitude is the basis of the two most important things in life; happiness and goodness. If you are not grateful you walk around thinking you’re a victim. Gratitude is the indispensable element to happiness. There is not a single happy person on Earth, there has never been one, who is ungrateful."  How you think determines your life's rewards or lack of them! The best guarantee for avoiding addiction is to build up sufficient rewards to offset any potential addictive appeal from drugs. This approach especially holds true when it comes to children. Kids who become involved in positive endeavors are less likely to be derailed by drugs, alcohol, or other addictions.

Michael Josephson is a noted radio commentator and the founder and president of the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics and Character Counts, comments in part on what he knows about life: "I believe that life is full of joys and sorrows and that my happiness will depend on how well I handle each. I believe that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional, and that if I can control my attitudes I can control my life. I know that I can’t control what will happen to me but that I have a lot to say about what happens in me. This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts."

Heather Kopp (Sober Mercies) discusses free will: "Free will is one of the most baffling aspects of our self-destructive obsessions. I mean, if I really do get to choose for myself, then why can’t I just decide to stop?"

Dr. Lance Dodes, a Harvard Psychiatrist (Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction ) says: "Addictive actions are the result of an emotional process – an attempted solution to feeling helplessly overwhelmed. Addressing feelings of helplessness is key to treating addiction. Since the things that set off urges to perform an addictive act are always related in some way to something very important to you, it turns out that if you can figure out this underlying theme you have also figured out something essential about yourself. Addiction is a symptom, a way to deal with certain overwhelming feelings of helplessness, once you know what the key issues are for you, you are in position to manage and ultimately end your addictive behavior. It is our complex psychology—our conflicts and defenses—which lead us to make individual choices for good or ill based on who we are."  At the risk of oversimplifying, Dr. Dodes is suggesting that we need to get to the root cause of our symptoms our overwhelming feelings and this requires thinking about our issues especially at the moment of those feelings of extreme loss of control and helplessness and regaining control in productive safe and sane ways......


So where is AA and NA in all this? The AA model was developed in the 1930s with the medical mentor being Dr. Silkworth.  AA is not based on modern empirical medical research on addiction. Like any organization, in order to endure and remain relevant and useful, it must evolve and improve on a continual basis. Unfortunately this is highly unlikely to occur because the entire program of AA is based on the unquestioned ideas and conclusions put forth by its deceased co-founder, Bill Wilson. A groundbreaking report published by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University concluded that “the vast majority of people in need of addiction treatment do not receive anything that approximates evidence-based care.” The report added, “Only a small fraction of individuals receive interventions or treatment consistent with scientific knowledge about what works.” AA has no clinical trials, no professional involvement. Drug abuse is a symptom not a cause. The reality is that we are NOT subject to Powerless-Victim-Hood over an incurable illness. The statement itself shifts blame and responsibility away from the individual and puts it somewhere else! Humans have Free Will and can choose. I believe that mankind’s greatest gift is that of free-will, the ability and responsibility to make sound choices. For it is only through this “power” that we can choose to do the right thing. You can choose to change your thinking! I have no problem with the premise of being powerless over my tendency to do wrong, but I have never been powerless to make choices, to exercise my free will, to alter inappropriate thought, to change the channel!   Addiction is not an incurable disease or an allergy! If anything, addiction is a chronic disease (because of potential to relapse) that needs to be managed as you would any chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. However, I would not even call it a disease since we do have the choice, the freedom to stop using, to no longer practice your habit, to cure yourself. You can't do that with any other disease-arrest it at will, by making a choice. You can make decisions and change your thinking, feelings, behavior, attitude and actions.

AA is time proven, social network and has many good tenets in their program with respect to sharing, introspection and a higher power.
The twelve-step programs provide invaluable opportunities for mutual identification and support but they do not constitute professional treatment. 
While 12-step programs focus on finding serenity and acceptance, a non-12-step self-empowering addiction treatment program, focuses on courage, pro-active thinking and taking action. Successful people concentrate on doing things right, not on what they did wrong! "Never discourage anyone who continues to make progress, no matter how slow." --Plato
Perhaps some people have told you that you have to get worse to get better--that you have to
"hit bottom".  It is a dangerous, though popular, misconception that a sick addict can only quit using and start to get well when he ‘hits bottom,’ that is, reaches a point at which he is desperate enough to willingly accept help. Naturally, boundaries are essential, but so too is communication.  What would you think of a doctor who told a cancer patient that treatment of any kind would be a waste of time because the disease is not yet critical? The research shows that it is essential to support EVERY POSITIVE change. Better is never worse. Better is Always Better! “Evidence-based practices”, those methods that are professionally developed and subjected to research studies, quantitatively prove this hypothesis.

Of the 23.5 million teenagers and adults addicted to alcohol or drugs, only about 1 in 10 gets treatment. The LA Times blog had a clarifying article on Effective Addiction Treatment back on February 4, 2013. In my view if we look at alcohol (or any drug problem) as occurring on a continuum, rather than an all or nothing affair, we can begin to design public health, public policy, and treatment guidelines that can truly help people. The consistent message should be one of choice, empowerment, and optimism. Change is in the hands of the user. AA is a free lay group with no professional help. The AA premise has been demonstrated medically, empirically and scientifically false! With AA, you are dogmatically told that there is only one pathway out of addiction and you are unmotivated and in denial of you don't agree! I'm not saying that AA doesn't work for some (<10%). I'm not saying that AA and NA are fruitless programs.  These programs are great for free; but please don't expect to get any educated help at your meetings. AA meetings are strictly show and tell. In my opinion, AA is a good fit for black-and-white thinkers who accept proof by authority. AA is a poor fit for most people who think in shades of gray and demand empirical evidence and scientific proof. Modern treatment is open to change, to growth, to learning, like a human brain.

My point is that that AA philosophy is antiquated and out of step with modern empirical studies of addiction etiology and treatment.
You might ask, then why is AA still around? Two reasons: (1). AA is a FREE, well meaning and workable program for many people, (2). There is a six billion dollar addiction industry built around this antiquated business model.

Anne Marlowe, a heroin addict wrote in her book, "How to Stop Time," "Heroin is an excuse for “not getting on with your life.” Marlowe notes that heroin “isn’t that wonderful: it’s a substance some of us agree to pursue as though it were wonderful, because it’s easier to do that than to figure out what is worth pursuing.”  Ann is right, when you think about it, it's all about Purpose or lack of it.

Drugs ignite the neural flush of well being, without the requirement of a particular experience or an event.
Drugs trick the brain into dispensing the neurochemicals of REWARD, or they mimic those chemicals themselves. Drugs talk to the brain in the language of dopamine and peptides and neuro-modulators and receptors. Life events resulting in reward can and should be done naturally, these rewarding events and circumstances  require effort that starts in your mind - your thinking. When you lack genuine purpose in life, many are prone to take the synthetic road to specious pleasure - the easy way out, the quick fix, the mood changer. There truly is a better way. A natural way that involves self empowering choice, a change in thinking, attitude and behavior. You choose how to respond to life, to God. Change your thinking and let God change your life. Let the power of the Holy Spirit change your reward system!


Genesis of Celebrate Recovery:  John Baker started Celebrate Recovery at Saddleback Church, with the approval of Pastor Rick Warren (1991). John was a recovering Alcoholic that was mocked at his AA meetings when he discussed a higher power being God. John new there had to be a better way than AA. John outlined a Christ Centered Recovery Program based on 8 Biblical Principles.
What Celebrate Recovery has done, is to outline the premise of modern Cognitive Behavior Therapy, where a person changes how they
feel, behave and act by changing how they THINK.  John Baker’s goal is to become Christ like in Character. Character is putting values into habit. How do you become Christ like in Character? You change your THINKING, you find enduring values. And the best part is that the therapy book has already been written, in total, it is called the Holy Bible. When you Believe and Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) your life to God, you change your thinking forever.

The Bible tells us that our beliefs determine our behavior. If there are things in your life you want to change, you don’t change them from the outside in. You change them from the inside out. You start with your thought life, not by trying to change external things. Second, if you have a faulty worldview, it’s going to cause all kinds of unnecessary problems in your life.

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed” (MSG). When you don’t have God’s truth and a correct worldview, you stumble all over yourself. But when you pay attention to God’s revelation, then you are blessed. Do you want your life to be blessed? Just attend to the truth. Pay attention, and get your worldview in line with truth, not popular opinion.

Albert Einstein said it most famously: ‘Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.’ Jonathan Sacks, "The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning," continues, science teaches us where we come from. Religion explains to us why we are here. Science is the search for explanation. Religion is the search for meaning. We need scientific explanation to understand nature. We need meaning to understand human behavior. We need God to know the answers to both. Science is the search for explanation. Celebrate Christ is the search for meaning and purpose through values.

Combating Addictions is about the three Rs. Reality, Research, and Responsibility:

Reality
: You have free will and ability to think and choose for yourself.
Research
: The disease model has advanced. Successful therapy does not convey disease mantras or label adolescents. Instead, it focuses on developing skills such as communication, self-control, and problem solving, particularly within the family. Effective treatment programs for teens are those that encourage them to take an active role in shaping their environments—focusing outward, as well as inward, to improve the conditions of their lives.  Addictions are not necessarily incurable life long diseases that render you powerless victims forever, void of free will and choice, and necessitate that a person hit rock bottom in order to change and make progress.  
Responsibility
: Addiction is the antithesis of responsibility! You need to take responsibility for your addiction; it is your habit and no one else’s. This is made difficult because the bulk of conventional addiction theory attempts to shift responsibility for the habit away from the addict and onto the substance. But this is fallacious and counterproductive. Addiction is a search for immature gratifications—it is self-seeking behavior resembling that of a dependent child. As a result, overcoming addiction requires growing up and assuming adult roles. In this process you learn to take responsibility not only for yourself and your own behavior but for other people in your life. One natural outgrowth of this mature outlook is that you may no longer see yourself as a powerless addict. You may no longer feel any need for the addiction, so it ceases to have any presence in your life. In order to fight addictions, we have to find ways to reverse the very forces that create these addictions; reverse engineer the reward system. One must analyze what conditions are being self-medicated and what alternative behaviors, and what acquired skills, will result in a happier life than the one you're now leading.
Remember, you choose how to respond to adversity, tribulation, to life, to God. Your choice should be an intellectual rational choice! We can choose to be good! Our minds should be in control and not our emotions! It is our emotions which are prone to the Quick Fix the Mood Changer. Of course that is easier said than done, but we can develop and practice, "Character." When character is lacking or absent, addiction takes foothold. What is character? Character is making the virtues of Christ a Habit. Click here for the Three Rs or Celebrate Christ.

Peter Marshall, former chaplain to the U.S. Senate once said, "The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration." Albert Einstein said, "Make things as simple as possible and no simpler." Jesus Christ lived and said it as simple as possible: "love God and love your neighbor."
I believe that Celebrate Christ is the Ultimate Behavior Therapy, with the therapy book (Bible) already written. Christ is not an, "Enabler," Christ is a Teacher, a Thinker.  God does his deepest work in your life when he deals with your identity — who you are and the way you see yourself. You will always tend to act according to the way you think about yourself. So God does his deepest changes in your life by changing the way you see yourself. If you do a cost benefit analysis of your life, consider this simple thought, "You might have everything to gain and nothing to lose." God’s Word offers a way out for those of us who struggle with life’s circumstances or with addictive, dysfunctional or compulsive behaviors. With respect to hurts, habits and hang-ups, the general goals of Celebrate Christ are the same as secular therapy, but with a Global Purpose for Living that you can take your grave. There is nothing quite as potent as a focused life, one lived on purpose. Rick Warren says, "Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. It defines what you do and what you don’t do. Your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t. You simply ask, “Does this activity help me fulfill one of God’s purposes for my life?” Without a clear purpose you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources. You will tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures, and your mood (Quick Fix-Mood Changer) at that moment. People who don’t know their purpose try to do too much — and that causes stress, fatigue, and conflict." Is getting high, altering life (escaping)  with a quick fix or a mood changer, your purpose in life? Ask yourself, whatever you do in life, does this activity serve my purpose? What is your Purpose in life? Do you have one? (Global reason for living). Knowing your purpose gives meaning to life. Ask yourself whatever you do, does this activity serve my purpose?

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Addiction Help article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/picking-addiction-help/
Effective Treatment Addiction article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/effective-addiction-treatment/
Addictive Medicine: http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/NewsRoom.aspx?articleid=678&zoneid=51
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services www.aa.org
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration treatment finder www.samhsa.gov/treatment/
Al-Anon Family Groups www.Al-anon.alateen.org
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Co-Dependents Anonymous World Fellowship www.coda.org