On the right you will find a chart labeled "The Law of Sin and Death" which summarizes the addictive process. When our basic internal needs for love, security, worth, and significance are not met, we are motivated to do something about it. We select a method of meeting our own needs based on our prior experiences. If we reach our goal through the flesh, these methods provide temporary partial satisfaction along with condemnation (if we believe that what we have done is wrong or sinful). Operant conditioning suggests that if we do something and it results in immediate gratification, we will be disposed to do it more often. This is how desire for something turns into lust. If we choose to protect ourselves by hiding our shame, our guilt or shame (“I did something bad”) turns into toxic shame (“I am a bad person”). This is how in the long run the initial feelings of worthlessness increase. These short-term gains, which result in long-term shame, set the process of addiction into motion. After one complete loop of this chart we have: 1. Increased the desire for the substance. 2. Increased the level of toxic shame and internal neediness. 3. Increased the level of denial about being addicted. After each use, all three of these results increase until toxic shame pervades the addict's life, his lust is so strong that it overrides his values, and his denial blinds him to his problem. At this point, when the addict "tries harder to quit," his failure to stop only adds to his shame. Finally, out of extreme despair, he may even turn to self-destructive behavior or suicide to relieve himself of his intense level of internal emotional pain. This is the point where most addicts are willing to enter recovery. However, many go on to their deaths through medical complications or suicide. These individuals are frequently convinced that they are already too bad, they cannot recover, or there is no way out.