It’s important to look at addiction from the perspective of seeing how the body operates, specifically our nervous system. By figuring out what changes can be done from a neurological approach, we then begin to heal, treat, and change for the better.

If your nervous system isn’t in tune, then you’re not going to be able to make those connections. You go down the path of loneliness and because it’s too painful, you try to find a way out. And if you don’t know what’s going on in your nervous system, then you resort to sex, drug, alcohol, etc. – and you get stuck.

On this episode, Duane speaks with Dr. Michael Barta, a licensed professional counselor and certified sex addiction therapist, about the neurological approach to the treatment of addiction. Dr. Barta created the TINSA and ENTUNE models to show how working directly with the brain and nervous system enables individuals to reestablish authentic connections so people struggling with addiction can heal their traumas.

Dr. Michael Barta is a leading expert in addressing and treating the source of sexually compulsive behaviors. He is a pioneer in the neurobiological treatment of addictions. His research-based cutting-edge treatments have successfully treated hundreds of men, women, and couples facing the devastation caused by sexually compulsive behaviors, helping them return to living authentic lives.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • What is the polyvagal system?
  • What is TINSA?
  • What is ENTUNE?
  • Working with a system instead of trying to control a system
  • What is a deprivation trauma?
  • The need for co-regulation of the social engagement system
  • How to activate the social engagement system

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Supporting Resources:

TINSA: A Neurological Approach to the Treatment of Sex Addiction

The Polyvagal Theory by Dr. Stephen W. Porges

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