DOPAMINE – THE MASTER MOLECULE OF ADDICTION AND PORNOGRAPHY'S LINK TO ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
By Synthia Esther
Scripture Reference: Colossians 3:5, 1st Thessalonians 4:3-8
Colossians 3:5, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” - NIV
Colssians 3:5, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanliness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” (KJV).
When viewing pornography and masturbating a man forms a fantasy, pseudo relationship within his mind. Fueled by lust with results of sexual hyper stimulation, a porn addict comes to know first hand, no pun intended, that his ability to achieve a hard erection and orgasm is an easy goal. His grand slam solo sex life leaves not an ounce of doubt in his mind. Thus, the tempters relationship snare is set when the bait of pornography becomes one's source of sexual gratification. Ultimately, pornography is covetous, idol worship. As pornography viewing, masturbating and orgasm, becomes one's life focus, source of comfort, companionship, and support (Colossians 3:5, 1st Thessalonians 4:3-8).
Cyber representations of sex do not include the male-female attraction bonding God intended and serve to desensitize one's ability and desire to bond in a committed loved based relationship as two become one flesh. Self discipline is exchanged for self indulgence. Service to self is of foremost importance to the blind mind caught in the web of sex and pornography addictions snare. It is a fact of life that any good relationship requires a lot of work. The sex addicts' relationship with pornography is no exception to this rule. Pornography viewing time, attention, desires, grow to fuel the need to develop and achieve new sexual plateaus levels. These obsessive, escalating desires feed a cycle of repeated self gratification, satisfaction, and stress relief, which serve to change nero-chemical brain function.
Logic is long gone under the grip of such powerful, mind altering, neuro-chemical changes. I have witnessed this sin grip first hand, as I have seen Ryan, my ex, go into a “sexual dissociated trance” when even thinking about viewing pornography (www.synthiaesther.com / Library Page, “Foolish Pleasure, The Love Story of a Sex Addict, His Betrayal and Crime”). He too experienced erectile dsyfunction due to pornography viewing and masturbating addiction. Several women I have met in sex addiction support groups admitted witnessing this same evil, intoxicating, cause and effect while confirming sex and pornography addicts made “horrible lovers”. Vast witness and testimony made in online forums and blogs by partners of sex-porn-masturbation addicts confirm these same "horrible lover" complaints.
When viewing porn, the mind, body, soul of the sex addict seemed to be taken over as if possessed! When we live outside of God's will, we suffer (John 10:10). And for many men, suffering the result of erectile dysfunction due to one's pornography addiction habits is now a clinically proven result of indulging in this sin's pleasure. Going limp, unable to preform like the self proclaimed studs one views in pornography productions can often leave a man with serious insecurities. Likewise, when a man can't finish the sexual act some woman are plagued with self doubt thinking they are the cause. To paraphrase what several woman have admitted to me before dialing the number of the nearest plastic surgeon, “Maybe if I looked as hot as Ms. Porn, he could maintain his erection and our sex life and relationship would improve”.
ED issues aside, even if a woman were to have larger natural breasts than Annie Hawkins Turner (aka Norma Stitz – USA), or augmented breasts as big as Maxi Mounds, with a derriere as large as Kim Kardasian, a sex fantasy addict would not be sufficed for long! Further more, it doesn't matter how hot or beautiful a woman may be in accordance with psychosocial standards, sex addicts desire escalating, new experiences. Often having had sex with a woman one time, the thrill of the ritualistic, sexual hunt is long gone. As has often been admitted to me by many pornography, sexual fantasy addicts.
“What we seed we feed, and what we feed escalates.” - Synthia Esther.
As addiction needs continue to escalate an addict often becomes desperate, willing to exchange most everything to stabilize their withdrawal pain. Bernell Christensen, “Giving Up Everything for Porn – It's in Your DNA”, is quoted as stating, “Research shows that many of the same neuro-chemicals, biological and emotional processes activated during [actual] physical sex are also tripped by porn viewing.” Which confirms God's mind set, and spiritual revelation as well, “...anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery (Matthew 5:27-28).
Christensen explains, “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. This is part of the brain that controls reasoning, logic, values, goals, self discipline, self-restraint and will power. At the same time, the Limbic System of the brain has one narrow focus – the intense pursuit of instant pleasure and reward at the cost of everything else... Bent on getting the pleasure rush of porn...this is what the Limbic System says to the Frontal Lobes – I don't care if you lose your job, your marriage, your future or anything else! I want what I want and I want it NOW!”
Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Director of Men's Health Boston and Clinical Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School, confirms the erectile dysfunction – pornography use link, “It's hard to know exactly how many men are suffering form porn-induced ED. But it's clear that this is a new phenomenon and it's not rare.” Dr. Oz agrees, and devoted an entire television show in 2013 addressing ED dysfunction due to pornography use.
DOPAMINE RELEASE - THE MASTER MOLECULE OF ADDICTION
Dopamine release is often cited as “the master molecule of addiction”. Leading sexual addiction expert, Dr. Patrick Carnes, has written many books concerning sexual addictions cause, effect, the Dopamine molecule connection, and neurological changes within the brain.* In order for the addicts brain to protect itself from the continual, over load of Dopamine production, decreased Dopamine reactions occur. What was once exciting is no more, thereby igniting the addicts desire to view more erotic, deviant porn, thereby achieving the high longed for. Shame, guilt, remorse, follow, which fuels the need to feed the seeded ritual pattern escalating the cycle of addiction.
Gary Wilson, “Your Brain on Porn”, “Why Do I Find Porn More Exciting than a Partner?”, explains: “Over time, this dual-edged mechanism has your reward circuitry buzzing at the hint of porn use, but less enthused when presented with the real deal.” The Italian Society of Androgyny and Sexual Medicine, survey of 28,000 men, with head Carlo Foresta confirms, “It starts with lower reactions to porn sites, then there is a general drop in libido and in the end it becomes impossible to get an erection.”
Dr. Tyger Latham's article in Psychology Today, published May 3, 2012, Therapy Matters, “Does Porn Contribute to ED?” further substantiates the porn- erectile dysfunction link. Dr. Latham is a clinical psychologist specializing in men's issues, trauma, sexuality, and gender, who confirms several male clients where concerned that their ED might be related to their frequent reliance on pornography when masturbating. While Dr. Latham use to think that a man's ability to get an erection and orgasm while viewing pornography was by definition a rule out for ED. He now concludes such clinical opinion to be “erroneous”, as anecdotal evidence lead him to think otherwise.
PORNOGRAPHY - FANTASY SEX ADDICTION IS A THRILL THAT KILLS YOUR SEX LIFE, FUELED BY AN INFLUENCING SATANIC SPIRIT (ACTS 5:3)
Science confirms God's word concerning the addiction process being similar to a mind altering, drug experience. A person is tempted when drawn away and enticed by lust. Lust conceived and not placed under the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord, will ultimately lead to death (James 1:14-15). Death to one's soul (mind, will, emotions) when unable to stop acting out their vice of addictions snare, releasing the Dopamine longed for and desired. Which in turn contributes to loss of virility, and erectile dysfunction. Death to one's spiritual connection occurs when the Holy Spirit of God is quenched and Satan's influencing spirit is welcomed (Acts 5:3). Death to relationships, jobs, security, self esteem, ….the list is long and wide.
A clinical psychologist may help a person sort through some of life's problems, but only God can heal a broken heart. By the powerful help from God's Holy Spirit, one can over come their addiction to sex pornography and masturbating reversing spiritual depletion and erectile dysfunction. Perseverance to flee when comforted by sexual temptation, puts your walk behind your talk, for faith without works is dead (James 2:14-26). As such, as confirmed by many psychologists, going “cold turkey” completely eliminating pornography viewing and masturbation, can help short circuit the chemical process of lust addiction.
Biblical strategy in defeating the addiction to lust informs us to remain alert (1 Peter 5:8), resist the devil (James 4:7), stand strong and firm (Ephesians 6:10-11), take God's escape route as provided (1st Corinthians 10:13), lean on His word (John 1:1), and armor (Ephesians 6:10-18, Romans 13:14). God's word was used by Jesus to defeat Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). As Paul confirmed, “We are more than conquerors” in this life (Romans 8:37) If we do what Jesus did when tempted, we will defeat the enemy.
According to God's word, addiction is activated by free will as one seeks to fulfill emotional and spiritual needs through a person, place, activity, and/or thing, which becomes an idol in one's life, causing dysfunction and ultimately, death. Science has now proven the mind is altered by sex and pornography addiction cycling habits, producing long lasting, chemical changes within the brain which can lead to male erectile dysfunction. We know recovery from addiction to be possible by repentant, perseverance in temptation, leaning on God's word and the spiritual armor He provides. And acceptance of His grace, mercy, and love (John 3:16-17) which covers all past sin, guilt, and shame. Choice not chance determines your success in reversing sex and pornography addictions snare.
Additional Reference Notes:
* This is a very brief summary and personal overview of Dr. Carnes work and research.
Additional Reading Resource Help:
Articles Page on www.sexhisway.com, / "Guidance From the Holy Spirit" - by Synthia Esther. Library Page: www.synthiaesther.com
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