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Why Do We Become Addicts?

Susannah

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Addiction starts out as a physical and mental disorder and ends up a spiritual wound. We are addicts because we have an over active amygdala, or what I call in this article the pleasure compulsion. To treat the addiction, we must start out treating the organic problem and then to move on to the healing the soul. In other words, addiction is a mental, emotional, and spiritual disorder. There should be no shame. Just redemption and healing with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The Pleasure Compulsion
 
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I think that it is human nature..
Denial of flesh and building of our spirit is important.
Discipline is important.
Choice is very important.
And find a good alternative to..

For me it was a revelation to understand the difference between me (spirit) my soul (mind) and my body (vessel)

This understanding made me to learn to control my mind or my thinking. Is an active thing.
For example I used to be very hard on my self and judging even the smallest faults I did.
Now I don't do that anymore. I ask for forgiveness and then I forget it and move on to be better!
 

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IS ACQUIRED 1 drink 2 drinks little by little we like it . soon need it to survive food drugs anything our flesh craves
Almost everything can potentially be an addiction.
But I think some are good and some are bad.
Too much of one thing is bad. Too little is also bad.
Like I have said here before; we walk on this road (life) there is a ditch on both sides of the road!
Be sure to stay in the middle!
Take care :)
 

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Addicted to Jesus is good yes there are some addictions that could be good
The easiest way to jumpstart recovery is to transfer your obsession from drugs and alcohol to Jesus. I was so in love with Jesus I wrote poetry and love letters. Eventually I got married but I still consider Jesus the most important love of my life.
 

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In personal experience, addiction seems to be all of these things listed...so many different ways to view it.

I always saw addiction as this: A spiritual void that we attempt to resolve by physical means. Example: Have fallen into a slump of some kind with our walk with God and we suddenly find our self indulging in other things that slowly but surely pull us in the opposite way whether it be alcoholism, food addictions, technology addictions, etc.

It seemed like when I was hanging halfway there with God and wasn't sure why I felt so spiritually dead inside that addiction found it's way in a lot more easily. I notice when my focus is more on God, it's on less of other worldly things. Even when getting right with God, addictions are just that...addicting and can happen to any believer. I guess dopamine highs are part of this monster and that's where human nature comes in, too - we get a little of something we like, we start wanting more and then we get more, but then we need a little more the time after that for that same dopamine "high". It keeps spiraling into a vicious cycle until it is broken and some type of intervention is pursued.
 

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Addiction starts out as a physical and mental disorder and ends up a spiritual wound. We are addicts because we have an over active amygdala, or what I call in this article the pleasure compulsion. To treat the addiction, we must start out treating the organic problem and then to move on to the healing the soul. In other words, addiction is a mental, emotional, and spiritual disorder. There should be no shame. Just redemption and healing with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The Pleasure Compulsion
That is true, addictions can have a strain on our mental and spiritual well being. Its one of the devil greatest tactics, he uses our faults and mistakes as things to keep us from feeling right with God. Its both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it should bring us closer to God, but a curse because if there is a weak belief system, it will bring the person down spiritually.
 
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