Renovating the Heart of Kingdom Leaders - Part 14

Distracting Ourselves From Discomfort

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Dr. Eddie Capparucci, a Licensed Professional Counselor certified in treating sex and pornography addiction, joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast for a conversation on the process of addiction recovery. He explains how finding the root cause of pornography and sexual addiction is the first step to recovery.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Eddie shares his own story of sex addition and womanizing which led to two divorces. He knew he was broken but didn’t know what to do about it. After getting help, he realized he had an intimacy, or attachment, disorder due to unresolved childhood pain.

  • Most men who struggle with sexual addiction will try harder to modify their behavior rather than working to get to the core issues causing the addiction. Sex is not the main issue, but a surface symptom.

  • We don’t like to sit with emotional discomfort so we will typically distract ourselves with food, video games, sex, shopping, fantasy, etc. which throws off the neurochemical balance of our brain resulting in addiction.

  • Dr. Eddie has developed the Inner Child Model to help men realize the negative narratives they believe about themselves from childhood, and then shows them how to replace those lies with the truth of God’s Word.

  • If we experienced trauma in our childhood and no one was there to help us work through it, we can end up emotionally stuck in that period of our life surrounded by all that unresolved pain.

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About Dr. Eddie Capparucci

Eddie Capparucci, Ph.D., LPC, C-CSAS, CPCS, specializes in treating Problematic Sexual Behaviors including pornography. He is the creator of the unique Inner Child Model for the treatment of Problematic Sexual Behaviors. He believes at the heart of most Problematic Sexual Behaviors are unresolved childhood pain points.

He is the administrator of the websites and He also has written for the blogs Covenant Eyes, Kingdom Works, XXXChurch and In addition to being a prominent sexual and pornography addiction therapist, he has spoken to numerous organizations regarding the harmful impact pornography has on individuals, relationships, and society.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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