How Addictions Affect the Brain – Part 1 | Episode 820

MUSIC: ANNOUNCER: WELCOME TO MANNA-FEST HOSTED BY INTERNATIONAL EVANGELIST, TEACHER AND AUTHOR, PERRY STONE ENJOY UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO PROPHETIC AND PRACTICAL TRUTHS

IT'S TIME TO FEAST ON FRESH MANNA SO GET READY TO BE BLESSED AND ENCOURAGED AND NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST AND TEACHER, PERRY STONE PERRY: I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO A VERY SPECIAL EDITION OF MANNA-FEST

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS SOME TYPE OF ADDICTION, IT MAY EVEN BE SOMETHING LIKE A SMOKING HABIT OR SOMETHING DEEPER LIKE COCAINE, OR METH, MARIJUANA, PORNOGRAPHY; BUT IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE THAT HAS SOME TYPE OF AN ADDICTION I WANT YOU TO HAVE THEM TUNE INTO THE MANNA-FEST TELECAST FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS I HAVE HERE A VERY LARGE STYROFOAM BRAIN BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE DAMAGE THAT ADDICTIONS ARE DOING TO THEIR VERY ORGANS OF THEIR BODY ESPECIALLY THE BRAIN BECAUSE THEY CAN'T SEE IT WITH THEIR NATURAL EYES TODAY WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IS INTRODUCE SHARON MALONEY SHARON AND HER HUSBAND ARE PASTORS OF THE NORTH CLEVELAND CHURCH OF GOD WHERE MY WIFE AND I ATTEND

BUT SHE IS ALSO A COUNSELOR DEALING WITH ADDICTIONS AND SHE HAS DEALT WITH MANY, MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SUFFERED VARIOUS FORMS OF ADDICTIONS SO I WANT TO INTRODUCE HER RIGHT NOW AND TELL HER WHAT A GREAT, GREAT HONOR IT IS TO BE HERE AND BEFORE WE BEGIN SHARON LET ME GIVE A DEFINITION OF ADDICTION ACCORDING TO ONE OF THE DICTIONARIES IT IS THE STATE OF BEING ENSLAVED TO A HABIT OR PRACTICE OR TO SOMETHING THAT IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY OR PHYSICALLY HABIT FORMING AND THIS WOULD INCLUDE ADDICTIONS TO ALCOHOL, NARCOTICS, OR OTHER FORMS OF SUBSTANCES THAT ARE BOTH DANGEROUS AND ACTUALLY CAN BE DEADLY BUT HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS FOR ALL THE FOLKS THAT ARE SUFFERING WITH ADDICTIONS, ADDICTIONS CAN BE BROKEN WITH PROPER HELP ESPECIALLY THROUGH KNOWLEDGE WHICH IS WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET ON THE MANNA-FEST TELECAST, DETERMINATION AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

SO SHARON THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TODAY I WANT FIRST OF ALL BEFORE WE BEGIN TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS SHARON: WELL THANKS PERRY IT'S MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE AND TO SHARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE VERY NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART AND THAT I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT WITH OUR AUDIENCE TODAY I'M A PASTOR'S WIFE

I HAVE BEEN FOR 38 YEARS MY HUSBAND AND I (I THINK AS YOU MENTIONED) SERVE THE NORTH CLEVELAND CHURCH OF GOD HERE IN CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE I'M ALSO A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR AND LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDER SO WE'RE SERVING PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY OF GOD AND THE BODY OF CHRIST AS WELL AS PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTIONS AND ALL KINDS OF OTHER ISSUES THAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH PERRY: AND YOU KNOW IN PUBLIC PEOPLE ARE ADDICTED AND PEOPLE KNOW IT BUT IN THE CHURCH PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IT

AND A LOT OF TIMES WE TRY TO COVER IT BECAUSE WE SAY AS A CHRISTIAN I SHOULDN'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM BUT YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THAT ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS A PERSON HAS TO DO TO GET FREE IS TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A PROBLEM HOW DIFFICULT SHARON IS IT TO GET PEOPLE TO ADMIT THAT? SHARON: THAT CAN BE PRETTY DIFFICULT PERRY BECAUSE DENIAL (AND YOU'VE HEARD THAT TERM USED IN RELATION TO ADDICTIONS) DENIAL IS THE FIRST THING REALLY THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH AND SO MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE BECAUSE OF DRUG USE AND OTHER THINGS THAT THEY'VE BEEN INTO, OR ALCOHOL OR EVEN PORNOGRAPHY AND OTHER ADDICTIONS, THEIR BRAIN HAS BEEN CHANGED PHYSICALLY AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER REALLY HUGE PART OF IT WHERE THEY DON'T REALIZE HOW BAD OR HOW EXTREME THE ADDICTION IS AND SO THEY'RE IN DENIAL AND THEY THINK "YOU KNOW I CAN DO THIS MYSELF" OR "I CAN HELP MYSELF" OR "I DON'T' NEED TO GO INTO TREATMENT" OR "I DON'T NEED ANYBODY TO HELP ME" SO THAT'S REALLY THE FIRST THING THAT WE HAVE TO OVERCOME PERRY: SO, SO WHAT STAGE DOES A PERSON, THAT YOU'VE SEEN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE DEALT WITH PEOPLE, WHAT STAGE DO MOST OF THEM HAVE TO GET TO BEFORE THEY SAY I NEED HELP SHARON: WELL SOME PEOPLE HIT ROCK BOTTOM

YOU KNOW LEGAL ISSUES, FAMILY PROBLEMS SOMETIMES I MEAN ADDICTION AFFECT "FAMILIES" NOT JUST INDIVIDUALS SO PEOPLE SOMETIMES YOU KNOW GO THROUGH DIVORCE BECAUSE OF ADDICTION; LOSE THEIR FAMILY SO TO SPEAK; HAVE LEGAL ISSUES WITH THE COURT SYSTEM, OTHER THINGS THE GOOD NEWS IS RESEARCH SHOWS US PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO HIT ROCK BOTTOM BEFORE THEY GET HELP THEY CAN DO IT SOONER PERRY: SO IF ANYBODY'S WATCHING RIGHT NOW THAT HAS A VERY SERIOUS ADDICTION, PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT YOU TO DO IS I KNOW THAT PEOPLE WITH SEVERE DRUG ADDICTIONS WITH METH, COCAINE, WELL EVEN WITH PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTIONS, YOU HAVE SHARED WITH ME HOW IT ACTUALLY AFFECTS THE BRAIN AND YOU HAVE SOME IMAGES HERE

SO I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO JUST TAKE IT FROM THERE LET'S SAY I'VE COME INTO YOU AND I HAVE A SERIOUS ADDICTION AND YOU WANT TO SHOW ME HERE'S WHAT THIS IS DOING TO YOU AND THE CONDITION YOU'RE IN SO TAKE IT FROM THERE AND LET'S DISCUSS IT SHARON: LET ME START WITH THIS IN THE NORMAL BRAIN – IN THE HEALTHY BRAIN, WHICH YOU AND I HAVE OF COURSE

IN THE HEALTHY BRAIN GOD HAS, OUR AWESOME CREATOR (LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY) GOD OUR AWESOME CREATOR HAS DESIGNED THE BRAIN TO FUNCTION VERY PRECISELY YOU KNOW IT'S VERY MATTER OF FACT EXACTLY FINE TUNED TO FUNCTION THE WAY GOD DESIGNED IT AND WHEN WE TAKE CARE OF OUR BRAIN THEN IT'S GOING TO FUNCTION HEALTHY AND WE'RE GOING TO BE OURSELVES WE MIGHT SAY WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG IN THE BRAIN, YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY WE NEED OUR BRAIN TO BE US TO BE WHO WE ARE AND WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG IN THE BRAIN WHETHER IT'S THROUGH ADDICTIONS OR SOMETHING ELSE, THEN WE CAN'T BE OURSELVES AND WE CAN'T FUNCTION THAT WAY SO GOD DESIGNED THE BRAIN SO THAT THERE ARE BILLIONS, ACTUALLY ABOUT HUNDRED BILLION NEURONS IN YOUR BRAIN AND THERE ARE OTHER CELLS BESIDE THAT SUPPORT THEM SO THOSE NEURONS ARE CONSTANTLY WORKING AND STIRRING UP ENERGY SO TO SPEAK TO FUNCTION AND HELP THE REST OF THE BODY FUNCTION

PERRY: AND DO THE NEURONS ALSO, I'M NOT THE SPECIALIST HERE, THEY RELEASE THE CHEMICALS EITHER THE FEEL GOOD CHEMICALS OR THE NEGATIVE CHEMICALS RIGHT? SHARON: YES! THEY DESIGN, EACH NEURON DESIGNS OR SYNTHESIZES IS THE WORD ITS OWN CHEMICALS – CHEMICAL MESSENGERS, AND THOSE CHEMICALS ARE CALLED NEUROTRANSMITTERS A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THAT TERM BUT THEY MAY NOT KNOW WHAT IT IS NEUROTRANSMITTERS WELL THERE'S OVER A HUNDRED OF THOSE IN THE BRAIN AS WELL AND THEY SEND CHEMICAL MESSAGES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE CELLS GOD DESIGNED US SO THAT THE CELLS ACTUALLY COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER IT'S AN AWESOME FINE TUNED PROCESS AND THEY DO THIS IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND, CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY, YOU KNOW, THROUGHOUT ANY TIME PERIOD

SO TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, GOD DESIGNED US TO HAVE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF THOSE CHEMICAL MESSENGERS IN THE BODY AND THE ONE THAT REALLY AFFECTS ADDICTION IS THE ONE THAT MOST PEOPLE HAVE HEARD OF WHICH IS "DOPAMINE WHERE THE TERM DOPE COMES FROM PERRY: I'VE STUDIED ON THAT OH THAT'S WHERE THE TERM DOPE COMES FROM OH WOW! SHARON: SO DOPAMINE IS THE FEEL GOOD CHEMICAL MESSENGER THAT TRIGGERS THE REWARD SYSTEM OR THE PLEASURE PATHWAY IT'S CALLED IN THE BRAIN AND SO IN A NORMAL HEALTHY BRAIN AND I'M GOING TO GET TO SOME SCANS IN A MINUTE THAT ARE GOING TO REALLY SHOW US SOME

PERRY: OH I SAW THIS – THIS IS AMAZING! YOU HAVE TO STAY TUNED TO SEE THIS SHARON: THIS WILL REALLY GIVE US OUR LIFE SIZE EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BRAIN BUT IN A HEALTHY BRAIN WE'RE DESIGNED SO THAT SIMPLE THINGS IN DAY TO DAY LIFE ARE REWARDING TO US LIKE IF I SAY, BROTHER PERRY THAT WAS AN AWESOME MESSAGE YOU JUST PREACHED

OKAY THAT RELEASES DOPAMINE TO YOU IN YOUR BRAIN, RIGHT AND IT'S A GOOD FEELING PERRY: WOW! YA'LL REMEMBER ALWAYS TELL ME MY MESSAGES ARE GOOD AND MY BRAIN WILL WORK RIGHT THAT'S INTERESTING SHARON: A PAT ON THE BACK WILL DO THAT OR A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT PERRY: HOLDING HANDS, HUGGING, WOW! SHARON: HOLDING HANDS WITH YOUR WIFE

THAT KIND OF THING OR WITH YOUR KIDS OR SMELLING A STEAK (LIKE MAYBE THAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FOOD) OR WHATEVER OR EATING SOMETHING CHOCOLATE THAT ALL RELEASES DOPAMINE; AND SO WHAT HAPPENS (AND I AM QUICKLY GETTING TO THE QUESTION YOU ASKED ME), WHAT HAPPENS WITH DRUGS, ILLICIT DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND ALL OTHER ADDICTIONS (AND I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT) ALL OTHER ADDICTIONS WHETHER IT'S GAMBLING, PORNOGRAPHY, COMPULSIVE SHOPPING WHICH BY THE WAY AFFECTS BOTH GENDERS EQUALLY I THINK THAT'S AN INTERESTING FACT ANY OF THE ADDICTIONS IN ANY OF THOSE AREAS, DOPAMINE SURGES OR WE MIGHT SAY DUMPED INTO THE BRAIN AND THEY GO TO ALL PARTS OF THE BRAIN AND THE BODY IN FACT

THE AFFECTS OF THOSE DRUGS GO THROUGHOUT THE BODY SO THE LIVER, THE HEART EVERYTHING IS AFFECTEDNOT JUST THE BRAIN BUT THOSE DOPAMINE SURGES GIVE THAT FEELING OF EUPHORIA AND THAT TEACHES THE BRAIN, "HEY THIS FEELS GOOD

DO THAT AGAIN" PERRY: SO IF WE SAY RIGHT WORDS WE'RE POSITIVE, VERY LOVING, CARING NATURALLY WE'RE GOING TO FEEL GOOD BUT THEN IF WE GET NEGATIVE, MEAN, ANGRY, FUSSING HATEFUL WE HAVE A NEGATIVE AFFECT SO THE DRUGS, THESE TYPE OF DRUGS WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT, ACTUALLY AFFECT THAT ONE CHEMICAL THAT IS THE FEEL GOOD CHEMICAL OKAY? SHARON: ABSOLUTELY! OTHER CHEMICALS TOO BUT ESPECIALLY DOPAMINE AND THE THING IS THAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT TOO IS THAT THE NATURAL LEVEL OF DOPAMINE THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THAT GOD DESIGNED ENDS US BOTTOMING OUT BECAUSE OF ALL THOSE DOPAMINE SURGES THAT HAVE BEEN DUMPED INTO THE BRAIN THROUGH THE VARIOUS DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND OTHER ADDICTIONS

AND SO OUR NATURAL DOPAMINE STARTS TO LOWER BECAUSE THE BRAIN SAYS, "I'VE GOT TOO MUCH I'VE GOT TO STOP PRODUCING" PERRY: WOW! AND THAT'S WHY WHEN THEY COME OFF THE HIGH THEY'RE TOTALLY BOTTOMED OUT SHARON: EXACTLY AND DEPRESSED AND ANXIOUS AND IRRITABLE RIGHT! PERRY: SO NOW THEY GOT TO GET

THEY WANT THE FEELING AGAIN SO INSTEAD OF LETTING THE NATURAL WORK IT'S WAY BACK UP AND HEAL ITSELF BY COMING OFF THE DRUG, THAT EXPLAINS SOMETHING'S – IT REALLY DOES SHARON: I'D LIKE TO SHOW OUR AUDIENCE SOME IMAGES HERE

THIS IS THE IMAGE OF A NEURON FIRING AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BRAIN IS YOU KNOW NATURALLY NEURONS FIRE – THAT'S AN EXCITABILITY TYPE OF RESPONSE PERRY: IT'S LIKE ELECTRICITY ISN'T IT? SHARON: IT IS ELECTRICITY IT IS SO AMAZING IT'S THE SAME KIND OF ELECTRICITY THAT YOU SEE WITH LIGHTNING IN FACT ON THE IMAGE YOU MIGHT SEE THAT IT LOOKS LIKE A LIGHTNING FLASH IN A WAY

IT'S THE SAME ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY THAT YOU GET WITH LIGHTNING OR A LIGHT BULB THAT KIND OF THING; AND SO THOSE NEURONS LIGHT UP AND THEY FIRE AND WHEN THERE'S EXCESSIVE DOPAMINE THEY LIGHT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE AND PERRY I WANT TO SAY THIS TO THE AUDIENCE BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS HUGELY IMPORTANT THE SAME THING HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE LOOKS AT PORNOGRAPHY RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THEY HAVE LOOKED AT THE BRAIN WHEN SOMEONE LOOKS AT PORNOGRAPHY, WHICH BY THE WAY IS INCREASING GREATLY AMONG WOMEN NOW AND NOT JUST MEN

PERRY: REALLY? WELL THAT'S NOT EVEN IN THE NATURALTWENTY YEARS AGO THAT WAS UNHEARD OF BECAUSE MEN ARE SIGHT ORIENTED CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION JUST FROM YOUR STUDIES? SHARON: SURE! PERRY: WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? IS IT BACK TO THE DOPAMINE THING WHERE THERE'S

THEY'RE WANTING, THAT IS, IS IT BASICALLY THE SAME TYPE OF THING? SHARON: IT IS DOPAMINE! RIGHT, BUT I THINK FOR A LOT OF REASONS OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT WITH THE INTERNET AND SO FORTH THIS IS SO MUCH MORE EASILY ACCESSIBLE BUT ALSO THE RATE OF ABUSE HAS INCREASED AND TRAUMA HAS INCREASED SO MUCH AROUND THE WORLD AND IN OUR OWN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES AND MANY PEOPLE END UP TURNING TO THOSE KIND OF THINGS YOU KNOW TO EASE THEIR PAIN OR TO DISASSOCIATE OR JUST YOU KNOW GET SOME PAIN RELIEF, SOME STRESS RELIEF AND AT FIRST, YOU KNOW, GETTING INVOLVED IN ADDICTION IS A CHOICE

BUT AFTER THAT, IT'S NOT A CHOICE ANYMORE BECAUSE ALL OF THIS BRAIN CHANGE IS GOING ON AND ADDICTION HAS CHANGED NOT ONLY THE CHEMICALS IN THE BRAIN BUT THE STRUCTURE OF THE BRAIN, IT SHRIVELS THE BRAIN, PERRY: WHAT? REALLY! SHARON: IT'S JUST DANGEROUS ALL THE WAY AROUND BRAIN SCANS SHOW THAT SO THIS IS AN IMAGE THAT YOU JUST SAW OF THE NEURONS FIRING AND THEN I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SHOW OUR AUDIENCE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BRAIN WHEN THIS DOPAMINE IS RELEASED THEY'RE GOING TO SEE AN IMAGE OF HOW THAT GOES TO SOMETHING CALLED THE NUCLEUS ACCUMBENS RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE BRAIN AND THEN IT'S DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE BRAIN

THEN WE'RE GOING TO SHOW SOME PET SCANS IN A MOMENT PET SCANS AND SPECT SCANS PERRY: THESE ARE ACTUAL ONES THOUGH, OF THE BRAIN? SHARON: EXACTLY

THEY SHOW, LIKE PET SCANS AND MRI'S WILL SHOW STRUCTURE OF THE BRAIN BUT PET SCANS AND SPECT SCANS SHOW ACTIVITY AND BLOOD FLOW IN THE BRAIN SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT NEXT COMING UP NOW IS A PET SCAN, SEVERAL PET SCANS THAT WILL SHOW A NORMAL PET SCAN, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, AND THE NORMAL ACTIVITY IN THE BRAIN THOSE BLUE AND PURPLE AREAS SHOW LOWER ACTIVITY AND THE YELLOW AREAS ARE GOING TO SHOW HIGH ACTIVITY IN THE BRAIN OR NORMAL FUNCTIONING GOOD PROCESSING

GOOD THINKING GOOD REASONING THAT KIND OF THING GOOD JUDGMENT AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO SEE, THE NEXT IMAGE IS GOING TO BE A COCAINE USER ABOUT TEN DAYS AFTER STOPPING

PERRY: REALLY? SHARON: AFTER CEASING AND THE NEXT ONE COMING UP IS A COCAINE USER AFTER ONE HUNDRED DAYS OF ABSTINENCE WHAT'S IMPORTANT ABOUT THAT IS WHEN YOU SCAN A BRAIN OF AN ADDICT, A DEPENDENT PERSON, A DRUG DEPENDENT PERSON OR ALCOHOL DEPENDENT PERSON, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ALL KINDS OF, I'M GOING TO USE THE TERM "DYSFUNCTION" IN THE BRAIN BECAUSE OF WHAT'S HAPPENED THROUGH THE USE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL BUT ABOUT THIRTY DAYS LATER WHEN YOU TAKE THE SCAN YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SEE MUCH DIFFERENCE BUT NINETY DAYS LATER OR ONE HUNDRED DAYS AS THEY HAVE SEEN ON THE SCAN THERE, A HUNDRED DAYS LATER YOU START TO SEE SOME REAL CHANGE

AND GUESS WHAT? A YEAR OUT, HUGE CHANGES IN THE BRAIN AND THAT'S WHY RECOVERY PROGRAMS LIKE PENIEL THAT YOU AND I ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT ONE YEAR PROGRAM IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE THAT GIVES THE BRAIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAL AND REVERSE ITSELF PERRY: OKAY, THIS IS SIGNIFICANT NOW I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THOSE BRAIN SCANS IN JUST A MOMENT AGAIN BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN ADDICTION WILL SAY I DON'T WANT TO GO AWAY FOR SIX MONTHS OR THREE MONTHS

THEY'LL SAY JUST LET ME GO IN A MONTH A MONTH IS NOT LONG ENOUGH IS IT? SHARON: THAT'S RIGHT PERRY: EVEN THREE MONTHS OR SIX MONTHS IS NOT LONG ENOUGH SHARON: NOT FOR LONG TERM AND HEAVY DRUG ABUSE ESPECIALLY PERRY: RIGHT

NOT FOR HEAVY NOW I NOTICED ON THE SCANS THAT WHEN YOU HAVE THE HEALTHY BRAIN IT'S LIKE ONE PIECE AND THEN YOU SEE THESE HOLES SHARON: LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE IF YOU'RE READY ARE YOU READY FOR THAT? PERRY: CAN WE DO THAT? CAN WE BRING UP THE HOLES? SHOW THEM THE HOLES IN THE BRAIN THIS IS SOMEONE, AGAIN, WHO HAS BEEN A HEAVY ADDICT OF LIKE I SAY METH OR COCAINE OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE

SHARON: THE FIRST THING YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IS A HEALTHY BRAIN NOW THESE ARE SPECT SCANS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO SEE ON THE SCREEN THIS IS A HEALTHY BRAIN PERRY: IT LOOKS ALMOST LIKE A WALNUT DOESN'T IT? THE WAY IT'S MADE SHARON: YES

AND I WANT TO JUST POINT OUT THAT THESE ARE NOT, WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SEE HERE IS NOT THE ACTUAL LIKE HOLES IN THE BRAIN KIND OF THING I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE MORE IN A MOMENT BUT ANYWAY, ON THE SPECT SCAN THIS IS A HEALTHY BRAIN THAT THEY'RE LOOKING AT AND THAT'S WHAT IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS IS NOT THE SKULL IN THE SPECT SCAN BUT IT'S THE BRAIN ITSELF

OKAY, NOW HERE'S AN IMAGE OF A METH ADDICT THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE THE IMAGE OF A METH ADDICT PERRY: THE WHOLE THING HAS CHANGED I MEAN THE ACTUAL BRAIN HAS PHYSICALLY CHANGED

SHARON: IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE HAS POURED ACID ON IT DOESN'T IT? PERRY: YES SHARON: AND THOSE HOLES ACTUALLY DON'T MEAN THAT THERE ARE HOLES IN THE BRAIN BUT IT MEANS THAT'S WHERE LOW ACTIVITY IS IN THE BRAIN SO NORMAL ACTIVITY HAS NOW REALLY LOWERED FUNCTION IS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER JUDGMENT, REASONING, BEHAVIOR, GOOD CLEAR THINKING, PLANNING

ALL THAT HAS BOTTOMED OUT PERRY: AND THIS IS WHY SOMEONE WHO, THEIR BRAIN HAS ACTUALLY BEEN PHYSICALLY AFFECTED, TO REASON WITH THEM IS HARD FOR YOU TO LOOK AT THEM AND SAY YOU'RE KILLING YOURSELF, THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND FOR YOU TO SAY YOU NEED HELP, THEY IGNORE IT YOU'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING THAT THIS IS NOT, LET ME SAY SOMETHING AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND THIS AS A PASTORS WIFE

SOMETIMES WE KNOW THE ENEMY, THE ADVERSARY USES THESE THINGS TO DESTROY PEOPLE BUT SOMETIMES WE MAKE IT SO SPIRITUAL WE FORGET THAT IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS OF THE HUMAN BODY, LIKE YOU TALKED ABOUT THE CHEMICALS GOD MADE, THE NEURONS THAT GOD MADE, THAT HE MADE IT TO FUNCTION A CERTAIN WAY AND THIS IS WHERE THE UNDERSTANDING FOLKS RIGHT NOW IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR SOME OF YOU TO SEE THAT THIS IS NOT JUST A SPIRITUAL PROBLEM IT'S A PHYSIOLOGICAL PROBLEM AND IT'S ALSO A NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEM THERE'S LITERALLY SOMETHING HAPPENING INSIDE YOUR BRAIN THAT'S CAUSING YOU TO ACT THE WAY THAT YOU'RE ACTING WHEN YOU'RE NOT ON THE DRUGS, LIKE YOU TALKED ABOUT, DIVORCE AND SO ON GO AHEAD

WE'VE GOT ABOUT FIVE MINUTES HERE GO AHEAD AND KEEP GOING FROM HERE WHATEVER YOU FEEL LIKE TO GO WITH SHARON: I WAS GOING TO SAY THAT'S A GREAT POINT PERRY BECAUSE FOR YEARS WE HAVE PREACHED AND TAUGHT THAT WE ARE BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT AND WE HAVE DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB TALKING ABOUT THE SPIRIT PERRY: I SAID THE SAME THING

SHARON: WE HAVE TOUCHED SOME ON THE SOUL BUT WE HAVE NEGLECTED THE MIND/BODY CONNECTION AND SPIRIT AND HOW THAT'S ALL INTERTWINED PERRY: YES I AGREE WITH THAT SHARON: AND YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T LEAVE THE BODY WE CAN'T LEAVE OUT THE BRAIN

IT CONTROLS EVERY FUNCTION RELATED TO OUR THINKING AND BEHAVIOR AND WHAT WE DO AND JUST MOVING YOUR FINGER AND EVEN TO BE ABLE TO SMELL IT'S ALL UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE BRAIN PERRY: NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN THEY THINK ABOUT ADDICTION THEY THINK ONLY OF A METH ADDICT OR A COCAINE ADDICT BUT EVEN ALCOHOL ON A STEADY BASIS, AND I'VE GOT THIS REAL FUNNY BEER CAN BEHIND ME SOME OF YOU MAY SEE THAT ON THE PROGRAM WE DID THAT KIND OF FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE CALLED PIG SLOP BREW

WE COULDN'T USE A COMPANY NAME OF COURSE SO WE MADE UP OUR OWN NAME HERE BUT YOU HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE INTO THE BEER THEY'RE INTO THE WINE COOLERS THEY'RE INTO DRINKING WINE BUT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT ALCOHOL, JUST THAT CONSUMPTION ON A STEADY BASIS, STILL DOES HAVE IT'S AFFECT ON THE BRAIN

SHARON: OH, TOTALLY AND DO WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE MORE SCAN? PERRY: ABSOLUTELY SHARON: OKAY HERE'S A SCAN OF LONGSTANDING ALCOHOL ABUSE OUR VIEWERS CAN SEE THAT IT LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE A DRUG ADDICTED BRAIN

LIKE A METH ADDICT BRAIN PERRY: IT SURE DOES AND IT'S GOT THOSE LITTLE SPOTS THAT YOU SAY ARE DROP OUT POINTS SHARON: THE SAME HOLES IT LOOKS LIKE HOLES BUT WHAT THAT MEANS IS AREAS OF LOW ACTIVITY

AND YOU KNOW WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE ANY BLOOD FLOW IN THE BRAIN OR ACTIVITY OR FUNCTION IN THE BRAIN WE CAN'T AFFORD IT BECAUSE ONE LITTLE THING THAT HAS CHANGED CAN THROW OFF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE BRAIN AND A PERSONS WHOLE LIFE PERRY: IS THE REASON WHY, WE KNEW A GUY YEARS AGO WHEN MY DAD PASTORED BIG STONE GAP IN VIRGINIA AND I WONT CALL HIS NAME HE'S SINCE PASSED AWAY BUT HE WAS LIKE THE TOWN DRUNK AND EVERY RURAL COMMUNITY HAD SOMEBODY, AND I DON'T SAY THAT DISRESPECTFULLY NOW, BUT WE KNEW HIM AS THE TOWN DRUNK AND HE WOULD COME BY THE PARSONAGE AND TALK TO DAD

BUT A LOT OF TIMES HE WASN'T DRUNK BUT HIS SPEECH WAS LIKE HE WAS IN OTHER WORDS, EVEN WHEN HE WASN'T DRINKING SOMETHING HAD AFFECTED HIS SPEECH AND IT WAS ALMOST LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE SLURS THAT CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN CAN'T IT? IN OTHER WORDS, IT GETS TO THE POINT THAT THE MOTOR SKILLS ARE TOTALLY AFFECTED THE FIVE SENSES BECOME TOTALLY AFFECTED WHEN SOMEONE IS HEAVY IN THAT ADDICTION SHARON: YES

THE GOOD NEWS THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW FOR THIS PROGRAM, THIS BROADCAST IS THAT THE BRAIN IS WHAT THEY CALL PLASTIC OR THERE'S NEUROPLASTICITY WHICH MEANS THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE AND ADAPT AND THE EFFECTS CAN BE REVERSED PERRY: WOW LISTEN TO THIS NOW SHARON: WHICH IS AWESOME THAT GOD HAS MADE THE BRAIN TO RECOVER YOU KNOW HE SAID FOR US TO CHOOSE LIFE AND HE HAS DESIGNED US TO LIVE AND SO IN ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION, YEAH, SOME OF THE EFFECTS THOUGH CAN LINGER

I MEAN IT CAN TAKE YEARS FOR SOME THINGS TO CHANGE SOME THINGS ARE IRREVERSIBLE BUT MANY THINGS ARE REVERSIBLE AND THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS WITH HELP AND TREATMENT PERRY: WOW AND SEE, ONE OF THE THINGS, I'M GOING TO MENTION THIS AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS SOME MORE NEXT WEEK AND YOU NEED TO TUNE IN, IS IN THE ACT OF THE REDEMPTIVE COVENANT OR SALVATION THE WORD REPENT, NOW GROWING UP I ALWAYS THOUGHT THE WORD REPENT WAS GO TO THE ALTAR AND CRY AND TELL GOD YOU'RE SORRY NOW BEING SORROWFUL IS PART OF THE PROCESS BUT YOU KNOW, REPENTANCE MEANS TO TURN AND IT ACTUALLY MEANS TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK AND WHEN YOU'RE ADDICTED IT'S HARD FOR YOU TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK BECAUSE ALL THIS ACTIVITY IS GOING ON AND THERE'S THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS

I KNOW THAT IN ONE OF THE WOMEN OF HOPE REHAB CENTERS THAT WE KNOW ABOUT, YOU WATCH THOSE WOMEN COME IN THE FIRST WEEK AND SOMETIMES THEY'LL COME TO OUR SERVICES HERE ON TUESDAY OR NORTH CLEVELAND OR ONE OF THE CHURCHES AND IT'S LIKE I'M OUT OF HERE I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS AND IT'S THAT HYPER ACTIVITY THEN THEY HAVE THE LOW OF COMING DOWN WHERE THEY'RE DEPRESSED WHEN THEY'RE AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE THAT THEY KNOW IT NEVER FAILS

GIVE THEM ABOUT THIRTY DAYS ONCE THEY'RE SYSTEMS CLEARED OUT AND THEY START REALIZING THROUGH KNOWLEDGE LIKE YOU'RE TEACHING THEM, HOW DANGEROUS THIS IS, THEY START REALIZING THAT THEY CAN COME OUT OF THIS AND THEY CAN BE MADE A COMPLETE WHOLE PERSON IN THE NEXT, LETS SAY, MINUTE WE HAVE WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IN SUMMING UP A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS SHARON: AS FAR AS THAT RIGHT THERE? PERRY: YEAH SHARON: YES, THAT'S TRUE

IT JUST TAKES TIME DURING THE TIME LIKE WHEN SOMEONE'S HEAVILY ADDICTED, AND I'LL JUST CLOSE WITH THIS, OR THEY'VE BEEN USING FOR A LONG TIME, THAT KIND OF THING, WE'RE ASKING THEM TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY THINK AND THE WAY THEY BEHAVE AT A TIME WHEN IT'S PROBABLY THE LEAST POSSIBLE PERRY: WOW SHARON: WE'RE EXPECTING HUGE CHANGES AND YOU KNOW, JUST SNAP OUT OF IT AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM AND GET OVER IT AND THAT'S NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN EARLY ON PERRY: BECAUSE THEY'RE MIND IS NOT OPERATING IN THAT REALM

SHARON: EXACTLY PERRY: SO I WANT TO SAY THIS TO YOU IF YOU HAVE BONDAGE OR AN ADDICTION YOU NEED TO BEGAN TO SEEK GOD AND ALSO SEEK GOD FOR A PLACE THAT YOU CAN GET THE HELP BECAUSE IT'S WELL WORTH IT YOU DON'T WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE THAT WAY AND YOU DON'T WANT YOUR CHILDREN RAISED THAT WAY I KNOW YOU DON'T

THAT'S WHY WE'RE DOING A VERY DEEP SPECIAL FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS ON ADDICTION SHARON WILL BE BACK WITH ME NEXT WEEK BUT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SOMETHING AVAILABLE HERE TO YOU A SPECIAL AUDIO CD PLUS A CONFERENCE THAT WE RECENTLY DID WE THINK YOU'LL BE INTERESTED IN THIS I'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT

MUSIC PERRY: PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION I HAVE IN MY HANDS WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT PROPHETIC WORD OF 2016 AND I WANT TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO YOU THE MESSAGE IS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL PROPHETIC SUMMIT WITH MYSELF, BILL CLOUD, JONATHAN CAHN AND MARK BILTZ I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME OF THE TITLES OF WHAT YOU WILL HEAR WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE CDS OR DVDS I PREACHED A MESSAGE CALLED THE RETURN OF THE BABYLONIAN SPIRITS CONTROLLING AMERICAS POLITICS

I PREACHED A SECOND MESSAGE AND THIS IS A VERY POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE CALLED THE FIVE EPICENTERS OF THE APOCALYPTIC COUNTDOWN WHERE ARE THE FIVE CENTERS OF WHERE ALL ACTIVITY WILL BE HAPPENING AT THE TIME OF THE END, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? ONE MESSAGE THAT IT SEEMED PEOPLE ENJOYED IMMENSELY WAS JEWISH FESTIVALS CONCEALED IN OUR LAST YEAR IN HEAVEN YOU WILL DISCOVER THE LAST YEAR IN HEAVEN AND ITS PARALLELS TO THE FESTIVALS OF ISRAEL AND HOW THE FESTIVALS OF ISRAEL ARE ACTUALLY CONCEALED IN THE APOCALYPSE ANOTHER MESSAGE I PREACHED WAS, AMERICA: THE PREVIEW OF OUR END GAME THIS IS WHERE I FOUND THE NOTES OF MY FATHER THAT I'VE LOOKED FOR FOR EIGHT YEARS WHERE AN ANGEL OF GOD VISITED HIM, SHOWING HIM SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAPPEN TO AMERICA IN THE FUTURE

HE WOULDN'T TALK ABOUT IT MUCH PUBLICALLY BUT I FELT LED TO SHARE IT WITH THE PEOPLE DURING THIS SERVICE AND IN THIS CONFERENCE MARK BILTZ PREACHED ON GODS DAY TIMER HE PREACHED A SECOND MESSAGE CALLED, SOLOMON: A TYPE OF MESSIAH OR ANTI MESSIAH THEN BILL CLOUD CAME ALONG AND PREACHED ON, WARNING: THE LOCUSTS ARE COMING BILL PREACHED A SECOND MESSAGE CALLED, IT'S OPEN SEASON ON BELIEVERS AND A THIRD MESSAGE INCLUDED IN OUR CD AND DVD SERIES, AND YOU SHALL KNOW ENTERING THE AGE OF THE MESSIAH

JONATHON CAHN PREACHED ON THE SHEMITAH TEMPLATE AND BEGAN TO SHOW US HOW THINGS WERE HAPPENING RELATED TO THE SHEMITAH CYCLE AND WHAT WOULD COME IN THE NEAR FUTURE NOW THERE ARE TEN CDS OR TEN DVDS IN THE ALBUMS THE CDS ARE SIXTY FIVE DOLLARS A SET THE DVDS ARE A HUNDRED AND TEN DOLLARS A SET FOR YOUR DONATION OF THAT OR MORE

AND CD OFFER NUMBER IS ON THE SCREEN 16PSCD THE DVD OFFER IS 16PSDVD YOU CAN ORDER ONLINE AT PERRYSTONEORG

YOU CAN CALL OUR OFFICE OR THE 888-21BREAD NUMBER OR PERRY STONE, PO BOX 3595, CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE 37320 THIS SERIES FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW AND DESIRE TO STAY INFORMED CONCERNING THE WORD OF THE LORD FOR THESE TIMES AND SEASONS ONCE AGAIN, CDS AND DVDS

UNEDITED UNCUT ON TV YOU ONLY SEE ABOUT A TWENTY TWO MINUTE CLIP THESE ARE MESSAGES THAT ARE SIXTY TO SEVENTY MINUTES LONG I WANT YOU TO HEAR THE ENTIRE MESSAGE THAT I PREACHED AND NOT JUST A CLIP

BECAUSE THE MAIN MEAT OF THE MESSAGE IS LATER ON INTO IT AND WE HAVE TO EDIT CERTAIN THINGS OUT OF THE TELEVISION PROGRAM GET THE UNEDITED VERSION RIGHT NOW OF OUR CDS AND DVDS WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU TODAY PERRY: YOU KNOW, FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS I WAS VERY STRONGLY IMPRESSED TO SHOW YOU AN ADDICTION SERIES BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE RIGHT NOW THAT ARE UNDER ALL KINDS OF ADDICTIONS SO IF YOU KNOW ANYONE THAT IS AN ADDICT OF ANY KIND HAVE THEM WATCH FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS

NOW BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND ON OUR PROPHETIC SUMMIT WE'RE STILL OFFERING THE DVD'S AND CD'S OF THE PROPHETIC SUMMIT YOU SAW SOME OF THE EXCERPTS BUT YOU DIDN'T SEE ANY OF THE MORNING SPEAKERS JONATHON CAHN'S MESSAGE, MARK BILTZ OR BILL CLOUD ON MANNA-FEST BUT THOSE ARE ON THE CD AND DVD PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE AT THIS TIME TO GO AHEAD AND GET THOSE WHILE THEY'RE STILL AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME NOW I'M GOING TO COME TO SOME PLACES THAT I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT

RELEASING THE ROAR CONFERENCE MAUMEE, OHIO THIS IS A BIG YOUTH EVENT IT IS JUST ABOUT FULL BUT YOU CAN GO ON THE WEBSITE AND GET THE INFORMATION ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR THAT NO COST TO ATTEND OF COURSE

EVANGEL WORLD PRAYER CENTER WE'RE COMING BACK TO LOUISVILLE JULY 14 THROUGH THE 17TH THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT INFORMATION FOR ALL OF THIS IS ON OUR WEBSITE AND SO THAT'S GOING TO BE A MAJOR HEBRAIC/PROPHETIC CONFERENCE

REMNANT, BY THE WAY, WILL BE JOINING ME FOR MINISTRY AS WELL OUR YOUTH GROUP THEN SUMMER REFORMATION CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE JULY 22ND THROUGH THE 24TH

THAT'S OPEN TO EVERYBODY THAT WANTS TO COME BUT ESPECIALLY YOUTH GROUPS KAREN WHEATON AND CHOSEN WILL BE WITH US FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING AND IT GOES ALL THE WAY THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING AND DON'T FORGET THE BIG FIRE TUNNEL PRAYER LINE WHERE WE PRAY FOR EVERYBODY IN THE BUILDING AGAIN, DON'T MISS SUMMER REFORMATION GRIFFIN FIRST ASSEMBLY

I'M COMING THERE FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST THE 12TH THROUGH THE 14TH PLEASE MARK THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN THERE FOR A WHILE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT WEEKEND THERE AT FIRST ASSEMBLY IN GRIFFIN, GEORGIA THEN OF COURSE WE DO OUR ANNUAL MEETING THERE IN TEXAS

FAMILY FAITH CHURCH IN WILLIS, TEXAS WE'LL BE THERE AND THE INFORMATION THERE OF COURSE IS ON THE SCREEN THEN WE COME TO THE HUNTSVILLE CAMPUS ALL DAY SUNDAY 10:00 AND 5:00 THERE IN HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS SO ALL YOU FOLKS DOWN IN TEXAS, I DON'T GET TO TEXAS AS MUCH AS I WOULD LIKE BUT YOU NEED TO COME TO THAT MEETING AND BE A PART OF IT

AND ALSO LET ME JUST MENTION HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA WE'VE MOVED IT TO AUGUST THE 25TH THROUGH THE 28TH, THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT CHRIST TEMPLE IN HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA THAT'S OUR BIG EAST COAST, KIND OF NORTH EASTERN WE CALL IT, SUMMIT AND GATHERING AND WE APPRECIATE THE FOLKS UP THERE SO VERY, VERY MUCH WE DO WANT TO MENTION TO YOU THAT WE ARE COMPLETING THE LAYOUT OF OUR NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY

WE'RE PUTTING TOGETHER A NEW TESTAMENT A THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND WORD COMMENTARY OUR ENTIRE STUDY BIBLE COMMENTARY WAS A MILLION WORDS AND WE COULDN'T GET IT IN ONE BIBLE SO WE'RE GOING TO DO A NEW TESTAMENT FIRST THEN AN OLD TESTAMENT LATER IT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY

I WANT YOU TO BEGIN LOOKING FOR IT THE HEBRAIC/PROPHETIC COMMENTARY I PERSONALLY DID A COMMENTARY ON EVERY VERSE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE HAVE NUGGET BOXES AND INSIGHT IN THE BACK I JUST WANTED TO THROW THAT WORD OUT THERE TO YOU

ALSO WE'RE STILL WORKING ON OUR INTERNET SCHOOL WHICH WILL BE LAUNCHED IN JANUARY AS WELL ISOW, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE WORD A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON WE NEED YOUR PRAYER AND YOUR SUPPORT THANK EACH OF YOU FOR STANDING WITH US

GOD BLESS YOU ANNOUNCER: THIS SUMMER AT OCI IS A TIME FOR FREEDOM PERRY STONE INVITES YOU TO JOIN US IN CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE JULY 22ND THROUGH THE 24TH FOR A WEEKEND OF RELEASING HOPE AND PURPOSE TO A GENERATION OVERCOME BY FEAR AND DEPRESSION COME HEAR EMPOWERING WORDS FROM PERRY STONE, KAREN WHEATON, CHAD DANIEL AND CASEY DOSS WITH WORSHIP FROM CLAY WEBB, FIRST HEARTS, CHOSEN AND REMNANT DANCE TEAM

REGISTER FREE ONLINE AT OCIMINISTRIESORG FIND YOUR FREEDOM AT SUMMER REFORMATION 2016 WE'LL SEE YOU THERE ANNOUNCER: PERRY STONE INVITES YOU TO JOIN HIM FOR HIS 2016 ISRAEL TOUR

THE DATES ARE NOVEMBER 21ST THROUGH THE 30TH WITH AN OPTIONAL VISIT TO PETRA IN THE COUNTRY OF JORDAN FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO REGISTER CALL 1-888-321-3629 OR VISIT PERRYSTONEORG SEATING IS LIMITED SO CALL TODAY! MUSIC

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