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Porn Addiction

Pornography, or porn addiction, is considered as a subcategory of sexual addiction. It involves compulsive use of pornographic materials (e.g., literature, images, or videos) by addicted individuals, to have more and more euphoric feeling.

In porn addiction, the pleasure feeling – or high – doesn’t come from external source like drugs or alcohol, rather the pornographic materials activate a part of the brain that is particularly dedicated to look for sexual cues.   Devotions Christian addiction recovery program will help you overcome the mental dependency on these feelings.

Mental, Social, and Physical Effects

Porn addiction has serious detrimental effects to one’s mental, physical, social, or fiscal well-being. Researchers have already compared the effects of porn to cocaine, and recognized it as a toxic ingredient that can disrupt normal brain function.

Oddly enough but for some people, prolonged exposure to pornography has been found to come up with abnormal thoughts about sex, marriage, women, and children. One psychologist has even claimed that in an addicted person, pornography can encourage sadomasochistic practices, depiction of group sex, and sexual contact with animals.

Signs and Symptoms of porn addiction

As the effects of pornography vary from person to person, it will not affect everyone in a similar manner. Some will have damaging consequences for seeing porn while others may not. In general, individuals who become addicted to pornography have a kind of emotional opening that lets the compulsive behavior to take root.

Although the signs of porn addiction vary depending on a number of factors, but there are many similar symptoms that are often present in addicted individuals.

Signs of porn addiction include:

  • Decreased social activities
  • Neglecting responsibilities at work or home
  • Hiding, lying, and secretive behavior
  • Sexually unresponsive or lack of interest in sex
  • Sudden changes in sexual behavior
  • Uncharacteristically demanding or rough during sexual intercourse
  • Unexpected changes in mood and interests
  • Addiction to internet

Self-assessment: Are you addicted?

Are you concerned about your pornography use? Do you think the way you’re using it is actually harming you? If your answer is yes, then you’re probably having a problem with porn.

To evaluate the effects of porn in your everyday life and to determine the need for a porn addiction treatment, consider asking yourself the following questions. If most of the answers are yes, then you’re having a porn addiction and you need treatment!

  • Is your use of pornography giving you a feel like out of control?
  • Do you feel helpless to stop the desire to see porn?
  • Have you made unsuccessful attempts to quit or limit your use?
  • Do you feel guilt, shame, disgrace, and/or remorse after seeing porn?
  • Is the content you seek out getting more and more weirder?
  • Are you keeping all or part of your pornography use secret from others?
  • Is your use of pornography consuming your normal thinking?
  • Are you unable to quit seeing porn despite knowing negative consequences?
  • Do you feel restless, anxious, or irritable when you’re unable to view porn?
  • Are you neglecting family, social, or work responsibilities to see pornography?
  • Is your pornography use causing problems in your relationship with wife or loved one?

 How to Help Someone with a Porn Addiction?

If you are concerned that you or someone you care is having the signs and symptoms mentioned above, professional treatment for porn addiction can help. Try having an open conversation with the person you care for, without being judgmental.

It’s necessary for you to keep yourself calm when you’re confronting the addicted individual. Be supportive and express your concerns in a friendly manner. Offer him/her your help and support.

To achieve complete recovery from porn addiction, it is essential for the addicted person to be honest with his/her therapist. Don’t hide the uncomfortable or embarrassing parts. Otherwise, it would be problematic for the therapist to establish an appropriate treatment and recovery plan.

For more help and support, call Devotions Recovery Center today.

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