Guard the Heart Ministries Pastor Rod Lott Recovery Seminar
Guard the Heart Ministries Pastor Rod Lott
Guard the Heart Ministries Pastor Rod Lott
Guard the Heart Ministries Pastor Rod Lott

GTHM’s Recovery Seminar encourages those in a recovery program to guard their heart by teaching them about the neuro-chemical oxytocin and how it applies to their sobriety. In addition, GTHM focuses on the science behind relationships and specifically the science behind the sin of sexual immorality.

GTHM has uncovered an interesting correlation between Addiction and Oxytocin. (Oxytocin is the neurochemical responsible for bonding and well-being.) Researchers began studying Oxytocin’s effects on drug cravings during the 1990s. When scientists administered Oxytocin to rodents addicted to cocaine, morphine, or heroin they found that the rats opted for less drugs & had fewer withdrawal symptoms! The scientists found that Oxytocin inhibits the development of tolerance to various addictive drugs (opiates, cocaine, alcohol), and reduces withdrawal symptoms. Oxytocin stops someone from getting a tolerance to addictive drugs and it even helps reduce their desire for those drugs.

In another similar study published in the journal Progress in Brain Research, scientists (again) noted that the neurochemical Oxytocin reduces withdrawal symptoms and lowers tolerance to various addictive drugs, including opiates, cocaine and alcohol.

This information is huge for a recovering addict!

Those familiar with addiction realize that overcoming addiction habits can be extremely difficult. GTHM believes that being aware of how Oxytocin works in the brain of an addict, or rather, how the LACK of Oxytocin works in the brain of an addict, can significantly help the recovery process.


Overcoming Addiction


It is not uncommon for someone with a substance abuse addiction to also have a sex-related addiction, such as, excessive pornography usage or a multiple-sex-partner pattern. In addition, sometimes when a person enters a recovery program they will trade one addiction for another addiction.

GTHM believes it is absolutely imperative to address pornography struggles in Recovery Programs because pornography usage is correlated with inhibited pair-bonding in human beings. This means that excessive pornography usage will actually damage one’s ability to bond. According to physicians, Oxytocin production is vital for one’s happiness, health, and hope for the future. If an addict has damaged their ability to bond they will reap a perceived sense of unhappiness and hopelessness.


Recovery Seminar Topics Include:


  • What God Says About the Heart
  • The Importance of Producing Oxytocin While in Recovery
  • The Negative Effects of Diminishing Oxytocin Production
  • Destructiveness of Pornography
  • The Anatomy of Heartache and Its Role in Relapse
  • Practical Ways to Deal With Heartache (Bonding Antidote)


Statistic Sources:

(1)Kovács GL, Sarnyai Z, Szabó G (November 1998). “Oxytocin and addiction: a review”. Psychoneuroendocrinology 23 (8): 945–62.

(2)Zolta Sarnyai, “Oxytocin and Neuroadaptation to Cocaine.” Progress in Brain Research, Vol.119 (1999*): 449–466.

(3)McIlhaney, J. S. and F. McKissic Bush. 2008. Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children. Chicago, IL: Northfield Publishing.

Today’s Verse:

They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.

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