Updated: Jul 13
Pedophilia and Alcoholism: the Combatants
Pedophilia and alcoholism specifically have both been mislabeled and have become quite controversial, especially in the judicial process of accountability. One aspect of medicine that has been debated as unimportant (at least until the recent century) is mental health and how it is integrated into other aspects of humanity such as the physicality of modern conventional medicine. Due to the fallen nature of the body, it needs repaired and restored. The same is true in regards to mental health, how the mind needs restored.
How Nonprofits within the Investigative and Ministry Outreach Sector can Contend with the Two Combatants of Pedophilia and Alcoholism
Regarding alcoholism, pedophilia, and even other sexual addictions against the body, psychologists have found that the steps used for alcohol recovery can be used to confront sexual addictions. Researchers have found that neurochemical tolerance is one of the leading causes in the previously listed addictions because nerve endings in the brain become desensitized to chemicals, creating the addictive characteristic1. Even today within the medical field, there is plenty of debate on whether sex or sexualization is truly addictive.2 As Howell and Paris have mentioned that alcoholism has "not produced treatments that are primarily biological, such as medication or surgery,"3 the same is true regarding sexual addictions since these addictions are not completely biological in nature, where they can be "fixed" or "treated" by medication or surgery.
The Illicity of Sin
The illicit nature of the previous addictions are discussed in the Bible by Paul, who stated that there were two opposing natures within waging war against each other. "I find then the principle that evil is present within me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me prisoner of the law of sin . . ." (Romans 7:21-23, NASB). Therefore, worldview, I believe, remains a contributing factor in data processing and research.
1 Tim Clinton, Archibald Hart, and George Ohlschlager, Caring for People God's Way: Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc, 2005), chap. 13, para. 14-22
2 Ibid, chap. 13, para. 3
3 Brian M. Howell and Jenell Paris, Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2019), 214-215