lousy recovery statistics, and nonsense-jargon like:
and other recovery group movement concepts.
Focus only on your use of alcohol and other drugs, and the painful consequences of drinking/using. Focus on the obvious.
If you're doing something harmful to yourself, wouldn't it be good to stop it?
If you have trouble with moderation, why stop just one-day-at-a-time?
Wouldn't it be wise to quit altogether?
Right now, experiment with the idea of never drinking or using again.
Think of the pros and the cons.
Listen! Listen to your own thoughts about quitting for good,
and notice the mixture of feelings you have.
Notice that you feel both ways about quitting.
This is the meaning of the word, "addiction."
On the one hand, you want to quit.
But on the other hand,
you would like to continue drinking or drugging as much as you want.
You are ambivalent,
feeling both ways.
Your Addictive Voice (AV) is your body talking to you.
(Your primal urges talking to your rational mind)
In thoughts and feelings,
your AV tells you to drink or use drugs.
Your AV is the sole cause of your substance addiction.
Your AV is the expression of your appetite or your desire for alcohol or drugs.
That appetite originates in the biological,
animal side of human nature,
so we call it the Beast.
It's like there are two of you,
at cross purposes,
In mortal combat.
Your Beast is ruthless.
It cares for nothing you love.
It wants only one thing.
Any reason will do --
good, bad, or indifferent. (thinking with the primal urges rather than the rational approach)
It will exploit any tragedy,
take advantage of any good fortune,
or ask for no reason at all.
It drinks or uses for its own sake. (The animal brain is selfish and stupid)
To get high.
To feel real good all over, from head to toe.
Your Beast hides in the dark.
You cannot see it, any more than you can see your own eyes.
But you can feel it. Beasts have strong feelings!
AVRT puts light on the Beast as it hides in the dark.
It cannot tolerate for you to see it.
It fears being seen for what it is: a rogue, animal desire.
It knows that you can kill it --
once you see it.
It fears you, and you can feel its fear.
Your Beast is a rogue appetite for pleasure,
born of synthetic drugs.
Your Beast expresses itself through your thoughts. It uses mental images you can see, and it uses the same thinking voice that you hear reading these words.
It speaks with great authority because it is a survival drive.
But it cannot act on its own.
It needs pronouns.
It needs you, your precious "I."
Your Beast's favorite word is "I."
Without that word, it is paralyzed.
When your Beast wants a drink, you hear,
"I want a drink."
In AVRT, "It, not I, wants a drink/fix."
Too bad for it.
Do you want to continue drinking/using?
Or, is that your Beast?
dipsuchos NT:1374 lit. means "two-souled" (dis, "twice," psuche, "a soul"), hence, "double-minded," James 1:8; 4:8.
(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
James 1:2-8 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.