Tips for Overcoming Porn Addiction

Is there really such a thing as a “porn addiction”? The answer to this question really depends on which expert you ask. Currently, experts are still quite divided on this issue. Some argue that one can truly become addicted to pornography. They point out that, like other addictions, it affects the brain’s neurochemistry, a tolerance can develop, and the behavior can significantly interfere with one’s life in many ways. Others argue that while one may compulsively view porn, it’s not a real addiction.

Regardless of which stance you take, you may be concerned that you have developed a porn addiction – or at least something that certainly feels like one. It’s consuming your time and energy, you can’t seem to get enough of it, and you need increasingly more of it in order to become sexually aroused or to have an orgasm. Not only that, like other addictions, it’s hurting both your pocket book and your relationship with your significant other.

So what can you do?

Well, for starters, you need to let go of your pride and the fear of embarrassment, and seek help. Regardless of whichever “clinical” category your problem truly fits into – porn addiction vs. compulsive use of porn vs. sinful behavior that may condemn you to hell – you’re definitely not alone. With literally hundreds of millions of adult websites that enable anyone to watch porn from the privacy of their own home, more and more people have found themselves struggling with this addiction than ever before.

Next, get into treatment. Fortunately, there are many professionals who do recognize the serious of porn addiction, and treat it accordingly. These include psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and other types of mental health providers and addiction specialists. Treatment options may include:

• Individual psychotherapy or counseling

• Group therapy

• Support groups

• 12-step programs

• Medication (to reduce compulsive behavior)

If you are going to seek treatment, make sure that the provider you go to see has experience in treating compulsive behavior and / or addictions. Don’t waste your time with a therapist who has no actual experience in these areas.

Third, make lifestyle changes that will help you succeed. Be aware that the temptation to look at porn is part of your porn addiction – and it can be a very powerful addiction. The Internet will likely be your greatest enemy in terms of your porn addiction. However, you can take steps to keep yourself “clean” so to speak. Those steps include setting up filters on your computer so that you can’t view sexually explicit websites. Of course, you can easily remove those filters, but anything that will keep you from simply going to an adult site is an advantage.

As with any addiction, you have to decide when you’re ready to beat it. There are plenty of people readily available to help you once you make that decision.

 

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