Empowering Change Through Connection



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Carl Thomas

Pastor | Live Free Founder | Lover of Jesus, Philly sports, fitness, tattoos, sarcasm, and craft beers.

Human beings are inherently social creatures.

This is a scientific and theological certainty. Our ability to connect, communicate, and collaborate with others is at the core of our existence. Beyond mere survival, these connections have the profound capacity to drive positive change in our lives and society as a whole. 

For those struggling with pornography and unwanted sexual behaviors, it can feel challenging to engage with others authentically because of the transparency and vulnerability required. However, it is an ESSENTIAL ingredient not only for effective recovery, but true transformation and change.

Here are 3 reasons I say that:

1) Social Support and Resilience

One of the fundamental ways in which human connection empowers recovery is through the provision of social support (Berkman et al., 2000). The support we receive from our friends, family, and social networks can be a powerful catalyst for personal growth and healing. In times of adversity or when facing health challenges, our social connections often provide the strength and encouragement needed to overcome obstacles and recover.

Moreover, studies have consistently shown that individuals with strong social support systems tend to recover more effectively from physical and mental health issues. Whether it’s recuperating from surgery, managing chronic illness, or addressing mental health concerns, a network of supportive relationships can significantly contribute to the healing process.


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2) Enhancing Coping Strategies

Another way in which human connection empowers recovery is by enhancing coping strategies. During difficult moments, having a support network can offer invaluable assistance in terms of providing insights, advice, and coping mechanisms, thus enabling individuals to navigate tough situations with greater effectiveness.

Connecting with others who have experienced similar challenges can lead to the exchange of valuable strategies and a sense of shared strength.

Research has found that people who participate in peer support groups or seek advice and guidance from their social connections tend to develop better coping strategies that are more positive and effective (Carver & Scheier, 2014). This improved ability to cope can significantly accelerate the recovery process.

3) Fostering Motivation and Self-efficacy

Human connection also empowers recovery by fostering motivation and self-efficacy. When individuals have a support system that believes in their capacity to recover and improve, it can boost their self-confidence and motivation to overcome obstacles.

Encouragement from others can serve as a driving force behind an individual’s determination to recover fully.

Bandura’s concept of self-efficacy (1997) underscores how people’s beliefs in their abilities can strongly influence their actions and outcomes. Human connections that reinforce positive self-efficacy beliefs can be instrumental in the recovery process.

Human connection possesses the remarkable ability to empower recovery and healing. Our connections with others are crucial in the recovery journey, as they provide social support during difficult times, help us improve coping strategies, and foster motivation and self-belief.

As we face life’s challenges, it is crucial to recognize the transformative potential of human connection in fostering recovery. Because ultimately, our connections with others are not merely a source of strength but a catalyst for transformation.

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Berkman, L. F., Glass, T., Brissette, I., & Seeman, T. E. (2000). “From social integration to health: Durkheim in the new millennium.” Social Science & Medicine, 51(6), 843-857.

Carver, C. S., & Scheier, M. F. (2014). “Dispositional optimism.” Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(6), 293-299.

Bandura, A. (1997). “Self-efficacy: The exercise of control.” W. H. Freeman and Company.


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