A proper understanding of how the addicted brain works is very helpful for many in their recovery process. When we take the clinical piece out of the equation, it leaves many good people feeling frustrated and hopeless because they have been trying the spiritual road alone for so long. They keep re-committing to their spiritual practices of daily scripture reading, prayers etc., only to be frustrated again and again because of slips and relapses.
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that needs the appropriate medication (The Language of Recovery) and treatment in order to heal. Many good Christian people around the world just don’t want to hear that. They want to believe in immediate transformation and blame one of a lack of faith when change doesn’t come quickly. To unravel an addiction requires patience, persistence, and continual practice of certain daily principles that have been shown to be effective in long term change.
I have seen people truly change when certain things are put in place. First, it is important to gain a proper understanding of how the human brain works and why pornography has such an impact. Second, one is given clinical tools based on proven methods that help people change. Third, one works hard at applying these tools through daily effort. One cannot sit around and expect the Lord to change them when all they do is ask. One must work very, very hard and consistently at it. Then the change can begin to happen as the Lord sees that the individual is doing all he or she can. He is the one that ultimately changes and heals. No program or system is going to do that even though they might be critical to the process. The ultimate change comes from the Lord after one has done all they can. Then the quest is to continue with that process and endure to the end.
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