The Kitchen Table #47: Overcoming A Pornography Addiction

Barna Research shows 70% of Christian men struggle with pornography. This week on the Kitchen Table, Shine.FM Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake talk about how to overcome the addiction to pornography and what will help more than anything.  In Music Matters, new music from Thrive Worship, Ben Rector, and an oldie, but goldie from Petra. In Culture Shock, an Indiana church is planting church campuses in prisons. Be sure to subscribe to get all our Shine.FM podcasts.

Shine 180: Linette

Shine 180…stories of lives transformed by God because of your faithfulness. We are all on a journey. We are all at different points on our journey….and that’s OK.  The purpose of our journey is simple, but sometimes difficult…keep moving forward becoming more like Jesus. Linette’s demonstrates that the journey to Salvation is not always a smooth one. Don’t give up. God is not giving up on you.

The Kitchen Table #28: Response to the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

On this week’s episode of The Kitchen Table Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake have a conversation about the Christian response to the legalization of recreational marijuana. New songs in Music Matters from Joel Vaughn, All Sons & Daughters, and a 1993 oldie, but goldie from The Imperials. In Culture Shock, Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas message and what the 2018 Box Office Queen says about God’s blessings. Subscribe today to get all the episodes.

Internet Addictions

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Are you addicted to the internet?  Good news—now there is a hospital program just for you!

According to Reuters, a new clinic treating the growing number of Americans addicted to the Internet has opened in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kimberly Young is a psychologist who heads the program at Bradford Regional Medical Center near Pittburgh.  She says in the past 10 years she has privately treated thousands of people who can’t control their online activity.

Dr. Young says, “A lot of countries do prevention and education surrounding this issue, and we Americans are just starting to think in those terms.”

South Korea and China are actually leaders in treating internet addiction.

Dr. Young calls the Internet a “new outlet for traditional addictions,” including pornography, shopping and gambling.  At the same time, she says, the Web allows for new and unique behaviors, such as compulsive use of social media.

Illinois has had an inpatient treatment program for internet addiction since the mid 1990’s.

Dr. David Greenfield a psychiatrist at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, prescribes installation of website blocking and monitoring software for his patients’ computers.

Dr. Greenfield says, “Patients’ social skills atrophy, and they don’t know how to live in a real time world,” said Greenfield. He asks his patients to list 100 things they can do in the “real world” rather than reading their Facebook feeds, fussing with their Apple iPhones or escaping into their Microsoft Xbox games.

Among the physical threats posed by Internet addiction are obesity, carpal tunnel syndrome and deep vein thrombosis, he said.

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Marijuana & Teenagers

Could marijuana be linked to psychotic symptoms in teens?   Or are psychotic teens more likely to use marijuana?

According to a story on Reuters Health, new research from the Netherlands has looked at the relationship between pot and psychosis.

Earlier studies found links between marijuana use and psychosis, but scientists questioned whether pot use increased the risk of mental illness, or whether people were using pot to ease their psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.

Dr. Gregory Seeger, medical director for addiction services at Rochester General Hospital in upstate New York, says “What is interesting in this study is that both processes are going on at the same time.”

Dr. Seeger says researchers have been especially concerned about what (THC), the active property in marijuana, could do to a teenager’s growing brain.

He points out that adolescence is a vulnerable period of time for brain development, and that individuals with a family history of schizophrenia and psychosis seem to be more sensitive to the toxic effects of THC.

In the Dutch study, the researchers found a “bidirectional link” between pot use and psychosis.

For example, using pot at 16 years old was linked to psychotic symptoms three years later, and psychotic symptoms at age 16 were linked to pot use at age 19.

The new study doesn’t prove that one causes the other, but Dr. Seeger believes there needs to be more public awareness of the connection.

He says: “I think the marijuana is not a harmless substance. Especially for teenagers, there should be more of a public health message out there that marijuana has a public health risk.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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A Mom Writes: “Help–Our Son is Addicted to Computer Games!”

Dear Dr. Bill,

Our 14-year-old son is very bright and enjoys strategic and technical games on the computer. We’ve tried to be careful about limiting his time, but lately his resentment over this limitation has escalated dramatically — especially when we’re getting ready for vacation or have work to do around the house.

My husband and I are wondering — is he addicted? We don’t understand why the computer can’t simply be a fun activity like watching a movie or playing games, rather than something to fight about! What should we do?


Dear Cheryl,

Millions of parents in the U.S. are beginning to realize that their child may be addicted to computer or video games–something they thought was simply harmless fun.

These parents have confronted the painful reality that their son or daughter is spending countless hours each week glued to a video game console or a gaming website.

They’ve noticed disturbing changes in their child’s personality—they seem obsessed with “reaching the next level” and their friendships are limited to the “virtual” world of their online gaming community. Also, many parents are unaware that there is a disturbing link between violent video games and aggressive behavior.

Here are a few suggestions for dealing with video game addiction from authors Olivia Bruner and Vicki Caruana:

  • Set firm time limits on online gaming
  • Make sure all chores and homework are completed before play
  • Model good viewing and gaming habits yourself (that includes TV viewing)
  • Monitor your son’s attitudes and behaviors surrounding gaming

In a worse-case scenario, you may actually need to get rid of the gaming equipment or block your son’s internet access using parental controls.

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