I was recently visiting a website about pornography addiction with a lot of good information. I was reading an article they had on the brain science behind porn addiction. It said, among other things,
“Porn viewing releases many of the same chemicals triggered by street drug use. Over time, these chemicals change the brain in significant ways. Basically, the frontal lobes shrink and become increasingly handicapped.”
Unfortunately, the writer doesn’t cite or quote his source so I have no way of checking its accuracy, but I don’t think I agree with that. I don’t believe the brain of the porn addict becomes “handicapped” by porn use, as though pornography has deformed or injured it. The brain of the porn addict is working perfectly. It is doing precisely what its owner is telling it to do. And that’s the problem!
Repeated and excessive exposure to pornography has habituated the brain to respond quickly and efficiently in exactly the manner the addict desires – with a cascading profusion of brain chemicals creating the experience of lust.
This is what the brain was designed by God to do. This neural state of hyper-focus is essential to learning or completing complex tasks and the cascading sensations of lust created by sexual arousal are essential to the survival of the human race. It is the use to which these tools have been put to which is causing the problem.
The problem is we created a habit which we now say we want to break but we don’t know how. It’s that simple. And that difficult.
But not really that difficult. And not impossible either.
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