Equipping Blog Posts

  • A 90 Day Reboot to You Best Self: 7 Steps to Get You Back on Track

    There are several times in life when a person needs a reboot, recalibrate, or pivot. The loss of a job. A terrifying health prognosis. A moral or ...
  • Porn: Your Scientific Path to Freedom

    Last week we had an amazing interview with alumni Arkansas Razorback linebacker, Ted Shimer. Ted is the Founder of The Freedom Fight, an online p...
  • Achieve Impeccable Integrity: Our Top 10 Integrity Podcasts

    Dear Arena Men, Are you a man of impeccable integrity? Integrity is the trailhead of the pursuit of manhood. All other manly virtues mean nothing...
  • Overcoming Shame: A Porn-Star-Turned-Pastor’s Perspective

      Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘N Roll, and Emptiness Every so often you have an interview you know you will never forget, even after 540 episodes and becomi...
  • 5 WAYS EVERY MAN CAN HONOR WOMEN

    Arena Men, Saving Innocence Martin Luther King Jr. once said something that should be every man’s marching order: “Our lives begin to end the day ...
  • Objectively Identifying Your Soft Spots

    You are Soft. I am soft. We are soft. Men in the Arena Podcast Episode 436 is one of our most popular episodes.  Responses varied greatly and clearly hit a nerve, which is why we revisited the topic with this week’s episode, You Are STILL Soft.
  • THE LIE OF TECHNOLOGY IN EFFECTIVE FATHERING -The Shocking Practices of Digital Founding Fathers and Why They Do Them

    I’ve never considered myself a multi-tasker but often envied this quality in others—until now. In Digital Cocaine Huddleston wrote, “Neuroscience has learned that the human brain cannot multitask. Instead, we task switch, which is rapidly switching from one task to another, and when we do, our productivity decreases by as much as 40%.”
  • Avoid Falling into Old Addictions During COVID-19: Six P.E.A.R.LS. of Wisdom for Living in Victory

    Social Distancing, Isolation, and Addiction
    We have been on varying levels of shutdown in the USA due to COVID-19 since March, and the weight of these shutdowns is not only weighing on our economy and the education of our children but for countless men, it has resulted in domestic abuse and addiction relapse. At some point, the government must weigh the cost of countless lives lost in the wake of these shutdowns.
              According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, spikes in drug and alcohol abuse use have been recorded since March. In late April/early May, the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) conducted a survey of 1,079 people with addictions nationwide on how they were being impacted by the pandemic. Twenty percent of the respondents reported that their own or a family member’s substance use had increased since the social isolation was put in place. 
              Three-quarters of the APF survey respondents reported emotional changes since the beginning of the pandemic, especially increased worry (62%), sadness (51%), fear (51%), and loneliness (42%). These emotions increase the risk for relapse and unfortunately circumstances since the pandemic has made peer support, for instance in 12-step meetings and similar groups, much more difficult.
              An analysis of a nationwide sample of 500,000 urine drug test results conducted by Millenium Health also showed steep increases for cocaine (10% increase), heroin (13% increase), methamphetamine (20% increase), and non-prescribed fentanyl (32% increase).