Brad Huddleston

Pandemic, Technology, and Dopamine – The Consequences

Pandemic, Technology, and Dopamine – The Consequences

by Brad Huddleston

You know that feeling you get during a really good kiss

Well, that euphoric sensation comes from neurochemicals in the brain, especially dopamine[1], a neurotransmitter that’s rewarding you with those emotional feelings of joy when it arrives in the pleasure center of the brain known as the nucleus accumbens[2], which is part of the reward pathway.[3] In other words, when we engage in high stimulating activities, dopamine is released into the Autobahn of the brain.

We are then “rewarded” with feelings of pleasure.

Sometimes these rewards are healthy, and sometimes they are addictive. In terms of addiction, a small amount of dopamine from an activity can be healthy, but continuous large amounts are addictive[4] and, therefore unhealthy. Read More


The Dark Side of Technology Withdrawal

The Dark Side of Technology Withdrawal

Brad Huddleston

I can’t tell you how many times, after giving a talk, a parent has come up to me and said something like, “You just described my child to a tee.”

The only thing I do is give a list of the general symptoms of digital addiction with explanations. Here’s the list:

  • anger
  • aggression
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • irritability
  • attention deficits
  • emotional numbness

         There are more, but in my experience, these are the most common. I convey to my audiences that most of us experience at least some of these symptoms simply because of our daily stresses. What I’m talking about is an exacerbation of these symptoms brought on by addiction. Read More


Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance

Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance

Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (AMP)

Brad Huddleston

The shocking headline from the Oct. 7, 2019 edition of USA Today reads, Epic Games sued for not warning parents Fortnight is allegedly as addictive as cocaine.

The court case came as no surprise to me. After all, I’m the author of the book and video, Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance. I’ve been beating this drum for years. Audiences all over the world watch and listen to my presentations with great intensity. However, being heard, I discovered early on is quite another matter. Read More


How Many Women Watch Porn?

How Many Women Watch Porn?

Do Women Look at Porn

Brad Huddleston

If you’re still under the impression that porn addiction is primarily a “men's issue,” think again. Anecdotally, Beth and I had females sharing their struggles with porn with us beginning several years ago. It’s continued gaining momentum to this day.

Approximately three years ago I produced a lengthy video series on the topic of pornography titled “Porneia: A Global Tragedy,” in which I cited a statistics from 2013 showing that 55% of women watch pornographic videos on their own. The survey went on to reveal that 96% have watched porn with a partner and say that it improves sex.1 Read More


Screen time: How much is too much?

Screen time: How much is too much?

Brad Huddleston Excessive use of digital technology has become the global norm in every age group. This “new normal” is taking us into uncharted psychological waters. Millennials (Generation Y) are those born in the early 1980’s. Their parents remember what it was like to have a “pre-internet brain.” They can recall what it was like to have much less anxiety, stress, and depression. They reminisce about the days of longer attention spans, uninterrupted face to face conversations, and time did not seem to fly by so fast. Read More

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 : Digital Cocaine Seminar

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 : Digital Cocaine Seminar

Thursday, April 12th, 2018 Richmond Christian School 6511 Belmont Road Chesterfield, VA

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Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance seminar on Thursday, April 12th, 2018, Richmond Christian School What’s the difference between half a line of cocaine and an hour of playing a video game
  • Nothing, as far as your brain is concerned.
What can you do to be effective at multitasking
  • Nothing, as far as your brain is concerned.
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Walking with God through the Forest of Technology

Walking with God through the Forest of Technology

Brad Huddleston | Vision Christian Radio

 To Be an Overcomer in the Digital Age

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Sexual robot development

“They’ve spent an enormous amount of money on skin texture to match human texture genitalia and emotional response with mechanics on the inside.” “The technology is such that you can basically order a custom made sexual partner now, based on what your preferences are in terms of a sex partner.”

i-Phone addiction

ADHD is up 800 percent, depression is up 70 percent and much of that caused by overstimulation through technology.

Pornography in the church

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Webinar: Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance

Webinar: Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance

VCA Advisory Board Member Brad Huddleston was recently asked by The Discipleship Place (International Church of the Nazarene) to conduct a webinar from his book Digital Cocaine: A Journey Toward iBalance. The webinar generation an enormous amount of positive feedback so Brad was invited back the next day for a full length Q & A session. Following are video links to both webinars. For more information about Brad, visit his website here. Read More

Why I’m Proud to Live in Augusta County

Why I’m Proud to Live in Augusta County

by Brad Huddleston In recent days, Augusta County, Virginia has been in the national news. The folks here are some of the most gentle, loving, generous, intelligent and God-fearing people you will ever meet. We are also a tough bunch when we need to be. I have been so encouraged this past week as I have watched our community rise up and push back very hard against Islamic teachings within our tax-funded public schools. There is a lot of anger here (as it is in the rest of the country) and for good reason. Along with the other Southern States, Christianity is the dominate culture in most of Virginia. Augusta County is no exception. Read More

Porneia: A Global Tragedy

Porneia: A Global Tragedy

by Brad Huddleston Several months ago, I received a shocking request from Duet Church in Potchefstroom, South Africa. They asked me to do a 5-part series on pornography with essentially no holds-barred in terms of content. The shocking part was that two of those messages were to be presented on consecutive Sunday mornings. I have to be honest. When I read the request, I said, “This would never happen in America.” Sure, the word “pornography” is sometimes used from American pulpits, but never in the manner that was being requested. In my book The Dark Side of Technology, I go into the very dark and perverse side of how the pornography industry treats women when porn is being filmed and I hold nothing, and I mean nothing, back (See Dark Side of Pornography). This chapter had already caused me grief from some who thought it was just too descriptive. Now I was getting a request to present this material on two Sunday mornings and three additional meetings in between. Read More