Sexual activity, like alcohol, drugs, and gambling, increases levels of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter in the brain’s reward system. Dopamine creates pleasurable feelings. However, the brain’s reward system also makes us vulnerable to addiction. People are not addicted to sex. As with all addictions, people become addicted to the brain chemicals released during the substance use or activity (in this case, sex), not the substance or activity itself.
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Understanding Sexual Addiction:
This series of articles provides an overview of addiction from a Christian perspective. It helps readers to understand what addiction is, the responsibilities of the addict to seek help, and the ways that family members, friends, and churches can help. Relevant for those dealing with alcoholism, gambling addiction, nicotine addiction, drug abuse (prescription or illegal), sexual addiction, etc. [ACCFS]
When a Man’s Eye Wanders: Breaking the Power of Pornography
This booklet discusses the factors that lead men into pornography use and shares a pathway to freedom. [ODB Ministries]
Your Brain on Porn
This resource shows 5 proven ways pornography warps your mind and 5 biblical ways to renew it. [Covenant Eyes]
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Technology including filtering and monitoring tools.
Spiritual Guidance for Overcoming Addiction
A Christ-Centered Twelve Step Program of Addiction Recovery
12-Step Programs are often a standard part of recovery from addictions. This document shows how each of the 12 steps fit right in line with biblical truth. The biblical concepts of humility, repentance, confession, restitution, etc. are highlighted as the pathway to overcoming addictions of all types. [ACCFS]
A study by Elder Bro. Lynn Stieglitz on how to wage a successful battle with our spiritual enemy, using faith and the armor of God. The author describes how the “shield of faith” can extinguish “fiery darts” and explains why God helps us to endure some temptations and directs us to flee from others.
When We Just Can’t Stop: Overcoming Addiction
Battling to conquer addiction is one of the most difficult challenges in life. However, you will find help and encouragement in the pages of this booklet as the authors examine the destructive cycle and what it takes to stop it. Discover how you can be satisfied and complete in God, as you surrender to Him the broken pieces of your life—only He can put them back together again. [ODB Ministries]
Apostolic Christian Way of Purity
The Apostolic Christian Way of Purity (ACWP) is a 60-lesson biblically-based online accountability program for individuals struggling with sexual temptation, pornography, compulsive masturbation, etc. Each participant is assigned to a mentor who provides support, feedback, and guidance. The participant completes daily Bible study lessons online. Anyone wishing to enroll in the ACWP program needs to obtain the approval of his/her home elder. ACWP Lite is a 20-lesson version of the same program and is available for those who are younger or who are not as deeply entrenched in the struggle at this time. If you have questions about the program, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tools for Addiction Recovery
Three Keys to Recovery
Recovery from addictions, unacceptable behaviors, and broken relationships is hard work. While there are many types of recovery paths and programs, there are three fundamental attributes common to almost all of them: Accountability, Honesty, and Humility. [ACCFS]
Emotional & Physical Danger Signs for Acting Out
This document lists emotional and physical states that you may feel when you get the urge to act on unhealthy, sinful, and/or addictive impulses (e.g., desire to drink, binge or purge, allowing impure sexual fantasy to run, etc.). By becoming aware of these triggers, you can begin to use healthy, Christ-honoring coping skills to deal with them more effectively. [ACCFS]
Overcoming Sexual Temptation & Pornography
Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time
Author: Stephen Arterburn
This 235-page book gives practical suggestions for men dealing with sexual temptation. It is appropriate for individuals who need encouragement and suggestions in maintaining and/or regaining Biblical standards of sexual purity in their thinking and behavior.
Worthy of Her Trust: What You Need to Do to Rebuild Sexual Integrity and Win Her Back
Author: Stephen Arterburn and Jason Martinkus
This 224-page book walks men through the process of rebuilding their integrity and earning their wives’ trust back.
Every Young Man’s Battle: Practical Help in the Fight for Sexual Purity
Author: Stephen Arterburn
This 227-page book focuses on the temptations young single Christian men face and offers workable, biblical strategies for achieving sexual purity. The book addresses how to train your eyes and your mind, how to clean up your thought life, and how to develop a realistic battle plan for remaining pure in today’s culture.
Every Woman’s Battle: Discovering God’s Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment
Author: Shannon Ethridge
This 187-page book explains that sexual temptation is not just a man’s battle. The author explores female sexuality and helps discern common myths that can keep women in a difficult place.
Every Young Woman’s Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World
Author: Shannon Ethridge
This 222-page book explores the temptations young woman face and provides scriptural directions on how to work with and through those temptations.
Overcoming Sexual Addiction
Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction
Author: Mark Laaser
This 240-page revised and updated book (previously titled Faithful and True) helps individuals understand the cycle of sexual addiction and the various stages that struggling individuals go through as they go deeper into sexual sin. The book provides a clear roadmap for recovery and healing.
Faithful & True Workbook: Sexual Integrity in Today’s World
Author: Mark Laaser
This helpful workbook provides a practical, step-by-step program to overcoming sexual addiction.
Help for Family Members
Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention
Authors: Jeff & Debra Jay
This 360-page book discusses how to approach a loved one to help them seek treatment for addiction or other life-dominating condition.
Grants for Addiction Treatment
Ashes to Glory Foundation
This is a non-profit organization providing financial assistance for professional Christian therapy to individuals and families enslaved by addiction.
- The facility must provide Christ-centered counseling and must provide professional counseling which can be evidenced by licensed counselors with a minimum of a masters degree in counseling, preferably including marriage and family therapy.
- The facility must have appropriate patient/counselor ratios (to be determined by the board of directors.)
- The facility must also incorporate a minimum 90 day residential program (the board will consider shorter programs for issues other than substance abuse on the case-by-case basis.)
- Finally, the facility should, when appropriate, incorporate family therapy to provide the family with the necessary skills to support the individual seeking treatment. We will consider helping with any type of addiction.