When I first learned that pornography literally re-wires the mind, I almost couldn’t believe it!! But with the continual over-release of neuro chemicals to the brain’s pleasure center, over time a person must find more and more explicit forms of porn to achieve a high. In fact, the chemicals your brain releases to the pleasure center have been said to be as strong heroin itself!! It’s no wonder that in only a short amount of time, pornography can have incredibly damaging effects on the brain.
Fortunately, the brain is considered to be “plastic” and can be re-wired to go back to being a healthy brain. Depending on the amount and duration of time you’ve exposed yourself to porn, this could be a lengthy process. The brain needs to heal. Abstaining from using porn is your first and best strategy to help your brain heal. Filling your mind with positive healthy things including Scripture, self-meditation, and other forms of affirmation will also help greatly. And of course remembering 2 Corinthians 10:5: “…and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ.” Take the thoughts and triggers in your mind prisoner and surrender them to God. This is one of the greatest verses you can use to fight the mental battles that occur in the mind!