Addiction and Grace Reflection

In a 3-4-page paper, that includes an introduction and conclusion, reflect on three of the following statements made in Chapters 1 and 2.  Consider: Do you agree or disagree with the statement? Why? Do you have anything to add to it? How can you apply it to your own life and belief system? How will it impact you and the work you do in the field of counseling? “All human beings have an inborn desire for God.” (pg. 1)“The psychological, neurological, and spiritual dynamics of full-fledged addiction are actively at work within every human being.” (pg. 3)May recalls being addicted (defined as “a state of compulsion, obsession, or preoccupation that enslaves a person’s will and desire” (pg. 14) to a variety of things, including substances, work, performance, intimacy, helping others, etc. Do any of these resonate with you? Are there others that you would put on your list? “Our freedom allows us to choose as we wish for or against God, life, and love…. Spiritually, addiction is a deep-seated form of idolatry. The objects of our addictions become our false gods. These are what we worship, what we attend to, where we give our time and energy, instead of love. Addiction, then, displaces and supplants God’s love as the source and object of our deepest true desire.” (pg.13)“Grace is our only hope for dealing with addiction, the only power that can truly vanquish its destructiveness.” (pg. 16)“There are five essential characteristics that mark true addiction: (1) tolerance, (2) withdrawal symptoms, (3) self-deception, (4) loss of willpower, and (5) distortion of attention.” (pg. 26)“Freedom and security have always been uneasy together; the things that secure us tend to bind us down, and those that free us often feel like risks. We are meant to be free enough to really love God and one another, but true freedom can only happen if we completely trust in God’s ultimate care for us. And to really trust God, we must begin to relax our grip and ease our concern about all the lesser sources of security to which we have become attached. This can feel risky indeed.” (pg. 32)“Everyone in our culture seeks some kind of security within the realms of possessions, power, and relationships. By asking ourselves questions about our experience with these three areas and the five characteristics of addiction, we can see what serves freedom and what is addiction. Very simply, addiction exists wherever we can find evidence of all five of the characteristics.” (pg. 33-34)“…no addiction is good; no attachment is beneficial. To be sure, some are more destructive than others…it is surely good for parents to care for their children and for people to be kind to one another and to seek God…but there is a vast difference between doing these things because we freely choose and doing them because we are compelled. In the first case, the motivation is love; in the second, slavery.” (pg. 39-40)Follow APA Writing Style, including a title page, double-spacing, Times-New Roman 12-point font, appropriate grammar and spelling, and proper citations, including a reference page.