re oxytocin or oxt, Christian behaviors and addiction to drugs & alcohol

Here are some of the summaries of the relationships between oxytocin and other things, including drug and/or alcohol dependencies . . .

Here are some statements in wiki about Oxytocin, sometimes called OXT.

Oxytocin evokes feelings of contentment, reductions in anxiety, and feelings of calmness and security when in the company of the mate.[27] This suggests oxytocin may be important for the inhibition of the brain regions associated with behavioral control, fear, and anxiety, thus allowing orgasm to occur. Research has also demonstrated that oxytocin can decrease anxiety and protect against stress, particularly in combination with social support.[28]

After treatment with inhaled oxytocin, autistic patients exhibit more appropriate social behavior.[36]

Nasally administered oxytocin has also been reported to reduce fear, possibly by inhibiting the amygdala (which is thought to be responsible for fear responses).[39]


In rats, intravenous self-administration of heroin was potently decreased by OXT treatment.

Rats who have oxt find that their desire to give themselves heroin is dramatically decreased.


The thing about these studies, though, is that it appears that Christians should be engaging in moderate affection with others from time to time, because of Romans 16:16 and Romans 12:10 among others.  To hug your friends, especially for longer than 8 to 10 seconds, to kiss your friends . . . are some actions that tend to cause the release/production of oxt in the brain.

I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure I read a study about people with higher levels of oxt being unable or much less likely to get addicted to meth.

I don’t think there are any studies on the relationships between praying in tongues, art appreciation or getting caned and oxt . . . but we know from studies and we can deduce from anecdotes that there appears to be good results both in reducing anxiety, depression and addictive behaviors and in elevating mood from these things . . .

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