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Addictions New Background

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Secular Integrationist Definition: Biblical
Counselor What are addictions? Addictions Panel Presentation How can we cure them? "The unfolding of your words gives light." Psalm 119:130 Answer: Sin has a duel nature.

"Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slavers, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?"
Romans 6:16 Definition/Description Solution What is the nature
of addiction? 1. Addiction is more than just a disease. 2. Addiction is voluntary slavery. 3. Addiction is idolatry. 4. Addiction is a physically binding form of idolatry. The progression/cycle of addiction 3. False comfort 4. Immediate and long-term
consequences 2. Choices 1. Challenges “Something or someone other than the living God controls them, and the controlling object tells them how to live, think, and feel.”
(Source: Addictions by Edward Welch, 12) A formal definition: “Addiction is bondage to the rule of a substance, activity, or state of mind, which then becomes the center of life, defending itself from the truth so that even bad consequences don’t bring repentance, and leading to further estrangement from God.”(Welch, 35) (Source: Women Counseling Women, by Orr) 1. Knowing God 2. Fearing God 3. Exposing lies 4. Being self-controlled 5. Staying violent 6. Being part of the
Christian community Since addiction is idolatry, an addict needs to fully acknowledge his sin, confess it, turn to Christ for grace, and follow Him in obedience. But how does he become rooted in a life of established maturity? Edward Welch explains the following process: Addiction is a cruel
and binding sin.
But as a person comes to
know God, fear God,
and obey God,
its power can be broken. Every person engages in addictive behavior. “Nature gave us the ability to become hooked because the brain has . . . evolved a reward system.” (Rodgers) A better term for addiction is “behavior disorders” or “addictive behavior.” Addiction is “overdependence upon drugs or alcohol.” (Morgan & King) Definition: Causes Treatment (Adapted from Mayo Clinic article Drug Addictions) 1. Environment 2. Genes Summary: An addiction is not really a person’s fault at all. Addictions can “develop their own motivations.” Addictive behavior is “very human and very hard . . . …but far from hopeless.” (Rodgers) 1. Ask yourself, “What satisfaction do I get from it?” 2. Find a positive outlet for the desire 3. Seek help from others These treatments are all helpful, but none of them will completely cure a behavior disorder.

Also, “Understand that relapse is part of the disease.” When this happens, a person should get help, get back on their plan, and learn from what they have experienced. Relapse does not equal failure. (Addictions) Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. (ASAM) Causes: 1. Genetic factors 2. Exposure to trauma 3. Distortion of one’s connection with self, others, and God Treatment: 1. One-on-one sessions 2. 12-step programs Prevention: While most integrationists point to circumstances as the trigger to addiction, they agree on three basic steps to prevent addiction, or relapse: 1. Education 2. Avoidance 3. Positive reinforcement Conclusion: Conclusion:
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