“Why Can’t I Stop Watching Porn?!”

HABITUAL SINS SEEM impossible to stop. I've been there many times. As is often the case, I stepped far outside morality while in active addiction—stealing money and medications from family and friends; using someone's bathroom only to raid their medicine cabinet. Victory came only after I turned to Jesus with an honest and willing spirit. …

A Most Vexing Problem

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology FOR THE FOURTH TIME this newscast I grabbed for the remote and muted yet another 90-second commercial touting the glorious new activity of gambling online. Sexy young voluptuous blondes and brunettes with plunging necklines smile seductively and splay decks of cards, gesturing. These TV ads bear the …

The Opioid Issue: Part 1

Part One: Dangerous Prescriptions The opioid crisis seems to hit everyone, everywhere, regardless of socioeconomic class, geography, age, profession, or religious affiliation. Overdosing on drugs, especially opiates and heroin, is now the most common cause of death for Americans under fifty years of age. I spent forty years embroiled in active addiction. It started innocently …

Why Do Addicts Take a Drug That No Longer Gives Pleasure?

People who have used cocaine for a long time report a paradoxical-seeming experience: The pleasure they get from taking the drug decreases even as the drug intensifies its hold over their behavior. A recent NIDA-supported study sheds light on why this might be. Researchers shows that, in mice, a cocaine-induced imbalance in the activity of …

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