If a person was doing drugs all his life and suddenly heard a message of another way of living, where he decided to quit doing drugs, although he may still have urges, does he consider himself a drug addict? Does that mean he is still a drug addict? How can he become a drug addict? If he starts doing it again, but as long as he chose the new life and he stays in it, over time, those things fall away. So when does he become free, not a drug addict? Is it later, or is it right away?
Now apply this to the spiritual. If you have chosen to be crucified, count yourself dead and a new being, because the Bible says so!
Blessed are the hungry (Matt. 5:6, Luke 6:21). We need to be hungry for real food. Just like in the physical, when a person is truly hungry he will not look for sugar or candy, but food with substance, that can fill and sustain the person. Same in the spiritual, real, filling food is not the fast and overwhelming flow of information that surrounds us in this world. Real food is the pure Word of God, the True teaching that Christ brought. Only the Pure Word can satisfy and fill the heart of a person. This is the food that we need to be hungry for, the food that is heavenly. Set your mind on things above! (Colossians 3:2)