Addictive Agents

Addictive Agents are persons or things upon which we form an excessive dependency.

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The catalog of addictive agents includes:

1) Alcohol or drugs
2) Work, achievement, and success
3) Money addictions, such as overspending, gambling or hoarding
4) Control addictions, especially if they surface in personal, sexual, family, and business relationships
5) Food addictions
6) Sexual addictions
7) Approval dependency (the need to please people)
8) Rescuing patterns toward other people
9) Dependency on toxic relationships (relationships that are damaging and harmful)
10) Exercise and physical conditioning
12) Cosmetics, clothes, cosmetic surgery, trying to look good on the outside
13) Academic pursuits and excessive intellectualizing
14) Religiosity or religious legalism (preoccupation with the form and the rules and regulations of religion, rather than benefiting from the real spiritual message)
15) General perfectionism
16) Cleaning and avoiding contamination and other obsessive-compulsive symptoms
17) Organizing, structuring (the need always to have everything in its place)
18) Materialism


serenity bibleAdapted from the book; SERENITY – A Companion for Twelve Step Recovery
by Dr. Robert Hemfelt and Dr. Richard Fowler
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers

Karl Rhoads

I am a Married, Forgiven, Imperfect Follower of Christ. I am a recovered alcoholic (since July 12, 1999) and an ordained minister of the Gospel of Christ (since July 6, 2002). I have been saved from the grave (more then a few times) by the loving hand of the God and Father of our Lord, Christ Jesus. My heart's desire is to meet the needs of others with the love of Christ as he directs and enables me to do so.

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