This week on Pure Gold, we highlight a brand new ministry out there that is offering men a place to find a safe community in their efforts to live with sexual purity. Live Free is a private and safe community for men, struggling with lust and porn, where they can find support, accountability, practical teaching, and most importantly… freedom.
Frank also shares some bonus content from Live Free on the topic of having a healthy perspective in recovery. Enjoy the podcast!
If you and your spouse are struggling and would like help on your journey, please feel free to contact us! Or, if you’re a wife and need some extra help from another wife who’s walked through what you have, head on over to the “Support for Wives” section and shoot Tracey a a message by filling out the contact form. All communication is strictly confidential.
Can a person stop looking at porn but still be an addict?
I love this question and have encountered it many times in my work with men throughout the years. One of the purity coaches I most respect is Michael Leahy, founder & CEO of BraveHearts, a faith-based, non-profit ministry, whose mission has been to lead people to freedom from sexual sin and sex addiction through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Recently, someone asked Michael this question:
“Can you define terms you use like slip, minor slip, relapse? If I have been successful in stopping porn use but unsuccessful in stopping acting out behaviors, how do I discern where I am at?”
I really loved his answer to the question. It’s both helpful and specific but really gets to the heart of the writer’s question. Listen to his answer below:
XXXchurch recently put out a new video featuring Dr. Steven Luff addressing the question: “Can I Change?” This is a fantastic video which explores much of the brain science behind what real change looks like. Luff discusses the importance of change for a healthy life and if a change is possible to acquire. We hope this is beneficial for your recovery journey!
Weighing in at only around 3 pounds, it’s amazing how much this one organ is capable of in our bodies! The brain uses 20% of the bodies energy and contains 100 billion nerve cells! There are over 1 trillion supporting cells and each brain cell can contain up to 10,000 connections with other cells! WOW!!! That’s alot of work being done — processing, developing, & creating every second of every day!
It stands to reason that when the brain is exposed to sexual images seen in pornography and other hardcore outlets, it literally explodes to create new neural pathways. The brain’s structure can even change according to the material it’s being fed.
Fight the New Drug is an organization that’s been around for several years spreading awareness about the harmful effects of pornography and offering solutions & resources to help fight back! And while it’s not a Christian organization in nature, the research & imprint they’re making on the culture is amazing! They released a video in the last year or so detailing how the brain reacts to sexually hardcore images.
Please take a few seconds to watch!