About the author, Brad Hambrick

Brad Hambrick is Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina. Brad also serves as a Council Board member with the Biblical Counseling Coalition and adjunct professor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brad has been married to his wife Sallie since 1999 and has two wonderful boys.​

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Your Brain on Porn

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Watching just 5 hours of porn has been proven to significantly change people's sexual beliefs and attitudes. Find out 5 distinct ways that porn warps your brain, as well as 5 biblical ways to renew your mind and find freedom.

3 thoughts on “When Is Professional Help Needed in Porn Addiction Recovery?

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      Best, Chris

  1. Brad. Thank you for writing this. I have experienced all 9 of the points you describe and more. A couple additions might be ‘length of time you have been struggling with this sin’ and ‘how many times you’ve tried and failed to stop’. My porn addiction has recently been exposed and it caused significant devastation in my marriage. And I’m only now understanding how it has impacted the totality of my life, thoughts, attitude, etc (since being first exposed to it at 8 yrs old). I am not sure my wife will be able to forgive and even if she can, may choose not to remain in the marriage – both of which I accept as consequences to my sin. After denying, minimizing, rationalizing, blame shifting etc I feel God is breaking through to my heart and beginning to work a change in me that I have utterly failed to accomplish on my own. We are in counseling as a couple and individually. I am using CE on my devices, have an accountability meeting weekly and attend CR every week at a local church. In addition I am devouring the articles found in the CE website and working to focus on this battle a day at a time. I am especially grateful for the 40-day challenge App which is incredibly practical. I have learned through failure that none of these things can ‘fix’ me (only God can), but these tools and regular counseling have begun to bear fruit.

    I want to encourage anyone out there reading this that there is hope. You are not alone in this. Don’t let your shame and guilt isolate you any longer. Don’t wait (as I did) until your sin finds you out. It will be so much better for you and those you love if you initiate the process – I know the thought is terrifying – it was so much for me that I failed to do this and I am living with that failure. Take the initiative. Own your brokenness. Stop hiding. Confess, and begin the healing journey. You will not regret it.
    -Tim

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