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Porn Damages The Brain - Study
« on: March 10, 2009, 09:46:57 AM »
This is a study done in Texas that shows how porn damages the brain like cocaine or alcohol.  The Innergold program talks about how the frontal lobe literally becomes enslaved to the addiction, similar to what this story proves medically.  Porn literally rewires the rational, moral, and value systems our brain carries. That is why so many porn users, especially those in denial, get to the point after years of porn viewing that they have justified anything being wrong with it.

Only through tools and re-training the brain can an addicts repair the damage and shrinking of this part of our brains. The good news is that hundreds are getting better.

www.woai.com/content/news/newslinks/story/Porn-addiction-may-cause-brain-damage/pEv5fGR-xEu5AIrXNg5iFA.cspx
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009, 11:32:15 AM »
I saw something on FOX News a few months ago very similar to this.  The Fox story talked about how an addicts brain can literally have the nervous damage addiction causes repaired. After being part of the Innergold program for more than 3 years now I can definately agree with the research. I have noticed major changes in my own life and the way I think. Even after 2-3 years of recovery I am noticing huge breakthroughs.

The way I am able to reason through triggers is so much different than 3 years ago. I finally feel like the logical part of my brain is starting to take a drivers seat. I am always mindful and cautious however. Never can be overconfident.

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009, 10:06:00 AM »
i can't believe it people who watch porn have small brains. in all seriousness this is scary. think of our leaders, if they are watching porn that means they are not able to make logical decisions. very scary! maybe that is what is going on in our world.

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 01:27:15 PM »
I tried to click on this URL but the link doesn't work.

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009, 10:54:01 AM »
Here is the article the link was referencing:

A porn study done in San Antonio found that watching pornography is as addictive as cocaine, meth, and alcohol. It can also lead to social problems in teenagers.

Dr. Donald Hilton, Jr. with the American Board of Neurological Surgery was one of the researchers. He discovered the frontal lobe of the brain shrinks in people who are addicted to porn. Dr. Hilton says that is the same thing that happens in drug addicts and alcoholics. Porn, he says, has a hijacking effect of the natural pleasure system in the brain and can affect a person's judgment causing them to be easily agitated and impulsive.

Dr. Hilton says porn can also cause a teen who spends hours watching it to have a skewed image of sexuality. He says it can create social detachment or insecurity when interacting with the opposite sex.
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Addiction to pornography among children can cause brain damage leading to depression and behavioral problems that can be just as serious as those caused by illegal drugs, doctors told a seminar on the effects of pornography on Monday.
Jofizal Jannis, a doctor who heads the Intelligence Development Center at the Ministry of Health, said on Monday that addiction to pornography likely harms both the function and structure of the brain.

“Although we don’t have statistics yet about children whose brains have been damaged by pornography addiction, such damage is likely to exist considering that our children are very familiar with pornography,” Jofizal said. “Our brain is adaptive and very flexible. It records every single thing that happens in our life.”

Children are particularly susceptible to brain damage because their brains absorb information faster than those of adults, and a pornography addiction is likely to degrade their intelligence potential, Jofizal theorized.

Donald Hilton Jr., a neurosurgeon from the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, told the seminar that pornography addiction could cause changes in the brain’s neurotransmitters and may interrupt oxygen metabolism in the brain.
Hilton said such changes would cause the brain to focus too much on pleasure receptors, thus failing to control behavior.

“Just like other addictions, pornography addiction will interrupt dopamine, which functions as a neurotransmitter, and it will cause a part of the brain to shrink,” Hilton said. The shrinkage occurs in the Ventral Tegmental Area, or VTA, at the front of the brain.

At the seminar, the We and Our Children Foundation presented a 2008 survey claiming that 66 percent of fourth through sixth-grade students in Greater Jakarta had seen pornography from various media, including comics, games, the Internet, movies and magazines.

Meanwhile, a 2007 survey by the government’s Child Protection Commission of 4,500 teenagers in the 12 biggest Indonesian cities found 97 percent of those surveyed had seen a pornographic movie, the seminar was told.

Hilton said there was little difference between addictions.
“The brain doesn’t care what the addiction is, it just can’t stop the process,” Hilton said.
Hilton said children were susceptible because the part of the brain that controls memory is not yet fully developed.

Children exposed to pornography could lack appropriate boundaries and might have a tendency to poor social behavior, depression and sexual abuse in later life, he said.
“From all the addictions I’ve handled, I’ve found out that porn addiction is the hardest to escape, even harder than drug addiction,” Hilton said.
Hilton proposed creating a safe environment by drastically reducing access to pornography and setting up support groups to help children deal with the issue of addiction.

He said with time the porn-damaged brain can heal itself but will never return completely to normal.

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2009, 06:34:33 PM »
Yeah, porn definitely seems to affect the brain.  :(

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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 04:59:20 AM »
Anyone interested in the neuroscience behind sex addiction might want to view a series of slide presentations uploaded by 'BodyWisdomVideos' on Youtube. I found them to be a fascinating and informative follow up to Gordon's talks. (I should point out that BodyWisdomVideos is not another addiction therapy service and so are not in any competition with Innergold). They showed the similarities between porn addiction and substance abuse. The good news is that the brain can repair and recover from the damage caused by the pornography.

Understanding my addiction neurologically has helped me to depersonalise it - in other words I am not my addiction and I am the same person with or without it. Of course my life would be a lot healthier, happier and more enriched if I was free of the affliction. By making this distinction I have been able to offload much shame and guilt which only only served to maintain the need for porn.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2011, 02:43:37 PM »
[quote author=Stephen]
(I should point out that BodyWisdomVideos is not another addiction therapy service and so are not in any competition with Innergold).
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The InnerGold program was designed to help individuals and we have found that some individuals need some additional support so using InnerGold along with counseling or gaining greater insight towards addiction, only helps. Unless, the program is justifying acting out and supporting the negative behavior, which unfortunately, is happening more and more. Addicts like to justify their behavior and a lot of counselors like to tell the addict what they want to hear, instead of changing.

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2011, 07:42:46 PM »
It makes me sad when I read studies that say that the brain will never return to normal...  Do they really know that for sure or are they just assuming that it will never completely heal...?

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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, 12:40:03 AM »
The fact of addiction is that there will always be some element of craving for the addiction of choice at one time or another.

In effect, I truly beleive through what I have seen that one can live a successful and normal life after being addicted to porn. Sometimes a much better and fuller life than imaginable while in the addiction.  Once an addict learns the concepts of acceptance and surrender, these principles can be applied in innumerable areas.  A porn addicts brain may not be "normal" by definition of someone who is not an addict but what is "normal"?

Normal in my opinion is someone who has been tried in the fires of adversity and continues trying no matter how difficult and painful. In fact, those who have suffered the depths of addiction and found sobriety indeed cannot be classified as normal, they MUST be classified as extraordinary and amazing! Some of the worlds greatest achievers suffer from addiction.  They learn to channel and become great.

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, 08:06:57 PM »
I like that idea. Without going through difficult things it is impossible to experience the growth and development that comes from those things and nothing else. Trials, challenges, disabillities, failures, weaknesses etc are all opportunities for personal growth and development you just have to use them correctly...

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Re: Porn Damages The Brain - Study
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 08:49:24 PM »
This article is excellent incentive. Perhaps, it should be made available on a separate page on this site. If any more research in this area comes out. Do let us know! Thanks again!