Originally posted at: https://www.theresstillhope.org/neuroadaptation/
In his groundbreaking book, Drowning in Screen Time, my good friend David Murrow writes, “Photographic pornography has existed only since the mid-1800s and was made illegal in the United States in 1873. Vice laws were relaxed after World War II, and Hugh Hefner democratized and upscaled porn with the debut of Playboy magazine in December, 1953. The first-edition cover was tame by today’s standards, featuring Marilyn Monroe in a one-piece bathing suit.”
Dr. Howard Shaffer, of Harvard University, wrote, “I had great difficulty with my own colleagues when I suggested that a lot of addiction is the result of experience – repetitive, high-emotion, high-frequency experience. But it has become clear that neuroadaptation – that is, changes in neural circuitry that help perpetuate the behavior – occurs even in the absence of drug-taking.”
In other words, deviant sexual activity is progressive.
Recovery Step: What you think today, you will do tomorrow. And then it will own you. As Jesus said, “Everyone who commits sin becomes a slave to sin” (John 8:34). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Jesus can set you free.