Table of Contents

(Below, you will find the table of contents to my new book, Faith and Addiction. I have provided excerpts from some of the headings within the chapters of the book. Look for the excerpts under the Book Content heading of this blog. The other headings will give you an idea of the rest of the book.  To order a copy of Faith and Addiction, go here.  J B Myers)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Drugs and Addiction ……………………………………….………………. 7

Melba’s Story

Addiction Defined

Feelings and Compulsions

Uppers, Downers, and All Arounders

All Drugs are Drugs

Acting Like Pharisees

The Moral Model

Biblical Morality

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 2 – Spirituality and Addiction …………………………………………………. 27

Jack and Jill

Religion and Spirituality

Spiritual Insight

Spiritual Insight and Dramatic Change

Religion and Addiction Treatment

The Bible and the Higher Power

Defining God

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 3 – Religion and Addiction ……………………………………………………. 48

Easy Button Religion

Religion that Helps

Determinism Versus Free Will

The Religion of AA and Twelve Steps

The Danger of Groupthink

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 4 – Disease and Addiction …………………………….………………………. 69

A Diseased View of Life

History of the Disease Model

Are You Bad or Sick?

Behavior is Not Biology

Help Me Because I Can’t Help Myself!

Alcoholism Defined

A Real Disease

Disease and Denial

Drugs Do Not Cause Addiction

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 5 – The ABCs of Addiction ……………………………..…………………… 91

Thinking and Doing

The ABC Model

Thinking Comes Before Doing

The Stress Connection

Learned Helplessness

Unlearning Helplessness

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 6 – Gambling and Addiction …………………….………………………… 112

Welcome to Las Vegas

Is Gambling a Sin?

Gambling Addiction

The Games People Play

Mental Trash

How to Stop Gambling

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 7 – Contemplating Change ………………………………………..………. 133

Behavior Determines Identity

Trapped Like Rats

Addiction Myths

Helping Others Change

A New Identity

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Chapter 8 – How to Change ………………………………………………………….. 153

Knowing is Half the Battle

Understanding Gratification

Get Out of the Rut

Get Some Flow

Maintain the Change

Conclusion

Recommended Reading

Questions for Discussion

Works Cited …………………………………………………………………………. 171

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