Episode #84 Address Your Addiction

Life may be all about choices, but that doesn’t mean that circumstances only play a minor role. In this week’s sequel to their conversation Resist The Temptation, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Justin Brown discuss a devastating disease and offer hope for healing.

Show Notes

I can’t imagine taking a month off of my life to try to get my life back together. But is it worth it? I would say, yes.
Dr. Justin Brown

Five Problems

  • Temptation is human, but addiction is a disease.
  • Relapse is an inevitable part of the healing process.
  • We will be unable to address our addictions if we can’t first admit that they exist.
  • We often allow addiction to continue for years before seeking help.
  • What we have built in 10, 15, or 20 years cannot be reversed in 10, 15, or 20 days.

Three Principles

  • It can be freeing to acknowledge that addiction is a disease because diseases are explainable, they are not entirely our fault, and they can be treated.
  • We don’t get to choose whether we have an addiction, but we do get to choose whether we pursue treatment.
  • A few weeks or months of drastic steps to address our addictions could cure us from years of future consequences.

Three Practices

  • Write a list of every way that your addiction hurts you and others.
  • In order to motivate difficult decisions and scary sacrifices, envision what your life would be like if addiction played a less prominent role.
  • Take that first and most difficult step of addressing your addiction: ask for help.