Rewiring the brain
Some people just cannot control their behavior. Perhaps they are addicted to gambling, drugs, alcohol or any of a number of different behaviors. 75 – 85% of prisoners who are let out on parole will reoffend. They often simply cannot control themselves.
Before Dr. Paul Hegstrom was healed, he used to beat his wife. He hated himself for doing that. He kept promising himself that he would never do it again. He unsuccessfully spent $30,000 on therapy. But, he could not control himself.
He and his former wife got remarried. After 23 years in the new marriage, there has never been a single case of domestic violence.
Among other things, Dr. Hegstrom works with parolees. He worked with several groups of ex-cons in the state of Georgia. Instead of 75 – 85% of them reoffending, 2 – 6% of them reoffended.
He worked with over 500 parolees in the state of Texas. After five years into the project, NONE of them had reoffended.
Paul had been sexually abused at age eight. That had been a big part of the problem.
Some types of childhood traumas cause the body’s adrenalin-producing system to be on high alert. As a result, three different chemicals (dopamine, seratonin and norepinephrine) cannot be produced in sufficient quantities at the onset of puberty. The extra adrenalin prevents that from happening. Consequently, the brain does not fully develop and, in Paul’s case, part of him remained like a eight-year-old boy.
The five types of childhood traumas that can cause the adrenalin-producing system to stay on high alert are:
- ♦ Rejection in the original family,
- ♦ Incest,
- ♦ Molestation
- ♦ Emotional abuse and
- ♦ Physical abuse.