Generally known as psychological dependency. This is a cognitive distortion that makes the user believe that their addiction - whatever the substance or experience may be - is necessary when it really is not. For example, the nicotine addict might say to himself, “Man am I stressed, I need a cigarette.” This distorted thinking reflects his/her belief that they need a cigarette when in reality no on ever “needs” a cigarette. One who is psychologically addicted (dependent) relies on the object of their dependence to suppress or escape negative feelings or discomfort. Psychological dependence is habitually reinforced and built into the neurological framework of the brain.

This month's step
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

This week's scripture
Don't secretly hate your neighbor. If you have something against him, get it out into the open; otherwise you are an accomplice in his guilt. "Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people.”Love your neighbor as yourself. I am GOD
Leviticus 19:17-18 The Message

This week's quote
"It is not possible to love others unless our hearts are growing in faith and hope. Faith and hope birth love as we live out our calling in anticipation of his coming."
Dr. Dan Allender