X3 pure men's chapt 5a

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X3 pure men's chapt 5a

  1. 1. Session 5: X3pure Men’s Series Physiology of the Brain
  2. 2. Review
  3. 3. Review • Our goal in recovery, after we have accepted that we have unwanted sexual behavior, is to discover the real reasons for why we are turning to sex as a way of meeting our needs for unconditional love instead of turning towards friends, family, community and ultimately God Himself.
  4. 4. Sexual Sobriety Map
  5. 5. Sexual Sobriety Map Unwanted Sexual Behavior | |
  6. 6. Sexual Sobriety Map Unwanted Sexual Behavior | | White-Knuckle Change Real Change | | | | Abstinence Understanding of Physiology | | | | Relapse Abstinence | | Acceptance of Conditional Love | | Pursuit of Unconditional Love
  7. 7. The Brain’s Reward System
  8. 8. The Brain’s Reward System • The Reward System is the brain’s way of remembering what it likes
  9. 9. The Brain’s Reward System • The Reward System is the brain’s way of remembering what it likes • The Reward System not only remembers what it likes but how it go it
  10. 10. The Brain’s Reward System
  11. 11. The Brain’s Reward System • The brain remembers what it likes through a neurochemical called dopamine.
  12. 12. The Brain’s Reward System • The brain remembers what it likes through a neurochemical called dopamine. - A neurochemical is a substance created by the brain to help control how the brain works.
  13. 13. The Brain’s Reward System • The brain remembers what it likes through a neurochemical called dopamine. - A neurochemical is a substance created by the brain to help control how the brain works. • The Ventral Tegmental Area of the brain, or VTA, sends a continual dose of dopamine to three important parts of the brain.
  14. 14. The Brain’s Reward System • The brain remembers what it likes through a neurochemical called dopamine. - A neurochemical is a substance created by the brain to help control how the brain works. • The Ventral Tegmental Area of the brain, or VTA, sends a continual dose of dopamine to three important parts of the brain. - Nucleus Accumbens
  15. 15. The Brain’s Reward System • The brain remembers what it likes through a neurochemical called dopamine. - A neurochemical is a substance created by the brain to help control how the brain works. • The Ventral Tegmental Area of the brain, or VTA, sends a continual dose of dopamine to three important parts of the brain. - Nucleus Accumbens - Prefrontal cortex
  16. 16. The Brain’s Reward System • The brain remembers what it likes through a neurochemical called dopamine. - A neurochemical is a substance created by the brain to help control how the brain works. • The Ventral Tegmental Area of the brain, or VTA, sends a continual dose of dopamine to three important parts of the brain. - Nucleus Accumbens - Prefrontal cortex - Amygdala
  17. 17. The Brain’s Reward System
  18. 18. The Brain’s Reward System • The Continual dose of dopamine is called a Basal Secretion Rate
  19. 19. The Brain’s Reward System • The Continual dose of dopamine is called a Basal Secretion Rate - This keeps the brain alert so that whenever it comes into contact with anything new or novel, it can give a burst of dopamine to help the brain remember what it liked.
  20. 20. The Brain’s Reward System • The Continual dose of dopamine is called a Basal Secretion Rate - This keeps the brain alert so that whenever it comes into contact with anything new or novel, it can give a burst of dopamine to help the brain remember what it liked. - This burst feels good.
  21. 21. The Brain’s Reward System
  22. 22. The Brain’s Reward System • Neurons
  23. 23. The Brain’s Reward System • Neurons - Cells in the nervous system that process and transmit information by electrochemical signaling.
  24. 24. The Brain’s Reward System • Neurons - Cells in the nervous system that process and transmit information by electrochemical signaling. - Neurons help us the define the unique people we are and our likes and dislikes.
  25. 25. The Brain’s Reward System • Neurons - Cells in the nervous system that process and transmit information by electrochemical signaling. - Neurons help us the define the unique people we are and our likes and dislikes. - In other words, neurons in the brain that are used for certain purposes like watching TV or playing video games get stronger while neurons in the brain that are NOT used for certain purposes, like reading and writing, get pruned out, very much like a tree.
  26. 26. The Brain’s Reward System • Neurons - Cells in the nervous system that process and transmit information by electrochemical signaling. - Neurons help us the define the unique people we are and our likes and dislikes. - In other words, neurons in the brain that are used for certain purposes like watching TV or playing video games get stronger while neurons in the brain that are NOT used for certain purposes, like reading and writing, get pruned out, very much like a tree. - “If you don’t use it you lose it.”
  27. 27. The Brain’s Reward System
  28. 28. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens
  29. 29. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center.
  30. 30. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually.
  31. 31. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually. • Prefrontal Cortex
  32. 32. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually. • Prefrontal Cortex - The reasoning part of the brain in charge of “executive functioning”.
  33. 33. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually. • Prefrontal Cortex - The reasoning part of the brain in charge of “executive functioning”. - Dopamine released to the prefrontal cortex inhibits or slows proper reasoning causing poor behavioral choices.
  34. 34. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually. • Prefrontal Cortex - The reasoning part of the brain in charge of “executive functioning”. - Dopamine released to the prefrontal cortex inhibits or slows proper reasoning causing poor behavioral choices. • Amygdala
  35. 35. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually. • Prefrontal Cortex - The reasoning part of the brain in charge of “executive functioning”. - Dopamine released to the prefrontal cortex inhibits or slows proper reasoning causing poor behavioral choices. • Amygdala - Part of the brain that integrates sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste with emotional information.
  36. 36. The Brain’s Reward System • Nucleus Accumbens - The brain’s pleasure center. - Dopamine released here from the VTA gives us that feeling of ecstasy we are after when we act out sexually. • Prefrontal Cortex - The reasoning part of the brain in charge of “executive functioning”. - Dopamine released to the prefrontal cortex inhibits or slows proper reasoning causing poor behavioral choices. • Amygdala - Part of the brain that integrates sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste with emotional information. - Dopamine released to the amygdala helps the brain remember the sights, sounds, textures, smells and tastes associated with a given reward.
  37. 37. Assignment
  38. 38. Assignment • Spend some time thinking about this session and how it applies to your recovery.

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