The disease concept of addiction is generally related to substance use/abuse, but is also present in other forms of addiction including sex, gambling, shopping and food. Science has identified a gene that increases the likelihood for alcoholism. This suggests the existence of other genes that increase the likelihood of other addictions as well. But genetics is just one piece to the disease concept. All addictive behaviors, especially those which are based on substances, make changes to the human body most specifically the brain. These changes essentially become cellular adaptations which create a new physiological “normal” for the individual. The body essentially becomes sick from the addictive behavior. And the disease of addiction is marked by measurable physical symptoms, including withdrawal (withdraw) symptoms. (Withdrawal is the generally reverse of the “high” the user seeks.)

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