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Porn Addiction

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By  Dr Liliya Korallo on April 10 2023

Porn Addiction 

Abundant use of something turns into addiction, and addiction of anything can turn into a serious threat in many ways. A person that begins a habit occasionally may get deeper in their interaction. And when the interaction becomes often and timely, it turns into an addiction. A common addiction that we find people indulging in is watching porn. Though you will find many theories regarding its benefits and negatives, it is an ongoing debate. Hence, you can select your sides but everyone agrees on one thing, and that is that watching porn excessively leads to circumstances that you cannot cover easily. 

 

What is Porn Addiction?

Watching porn is normal and often considered an option to reduce stress after a hectic day. But like other habits that begin occasionally, it can get into a serious mode. This serious mode is watching porn every day and often several times a day. This mode is what you call porn addiction. In porn addiction, a person is indulged in watching porn excessively. They utilize watching porn several times a day and often go a step further. Sometimes, whenever a person undergoes stress, they head for this option to watch porn and release the stress. 

Mentally, it is not just relaxing the stress muscles. People develop a sense of lust, satisfaction, and pleasure. The mere thought that develops while watching porn is that people find themselves in a state that is not present physically and mentally. And it helps to stimulate that sexual thoughts and senses. It is not ordinary that people get addicted to it for the great pleasure that arises with it. In essence, the mental lust and feel that porn gives to a person makes them an addict.

 

Why do People get Addicted to Porn? 

For a human being, getting relaxation is a splendid feeling. However, this relaxing feel or easiness can come in various forms and a person can opt for their favorite option. Watching porn is considered by many as the perfect response to counter stress. It gives them a feeling of pleasure both being single or in a relationship.

For an individual, it is like a doorway to a pleasurable world without indulging in a physical relationship. Whereas for partners, it is often a way to get that extra intimate feel in times of infidelity. Porn private, like every other exciting feel, develops over time. When you seek pleasure after a tense day, this feeling is what your mind remembers forever. And whenever you get into a stressful state, your mind reminds you of the feeling you got while watching porn. Thus, this habit of watching porn becomes permanent and you indulge in its addiction.

A drawback of this addiction is that the more you indulge in this activity, even if you resemble something like it can trigger sexual thoughts. For example, if you watch porn excessively while sitting on a computer, even if you sit on a computer for any other work, you will get sexual thoughts like at the time of watching porn. 

 

Physical and Mental Problems that Porn Addiction can Cause 

Addiction to porn leaves a devastating effect on people both mentally and physically. For instance, a person indulges in mental dissatisfaction to an extent that they cannot think of any other way than porn to reduce stress. When this level increases, they ignore other necessities of life such as work, family, friends, gatherings, and other habits.

In essence, for some, this feeling of watching porn becomes a thought of shame. They avoid meeting with friends and family since they think that their habit has made them a thing of shame. And this feeling of increased loneliness re-triggers their feeling of watching porn intensively. In the physical aspect, watching porn is pleasing yourself. However, by excessively watching the same thing, you lose your appetite and want to watch something more severe to get that necessary feel.

Overall, complications that arrive while watching porn excessively include:

  • Feelings of guilt, shame, and low self-esteem

  • Neglecting your partner while in a relationship

  • Damage to a relationship

  • Loss of focus at work

  • Psychosexual Disorder

  • Debt that you may undergo by accessing paid porn content

  • Combination of porn with substance use

Health Problems with porn addiction include:

  • Brain chemical imbalance of serotonin and norepinephrine

  • Brain pathway changes that disturb how your brain circuit works

  • Brain diseases such as epilepsy and dementia

 

When to Get Help for Porn Addiction?

At first, understanding that you have become an addict is the first positive step on your road to recovery. This feeling ensures that you know that you have troubles yourself. Next, it is about asking yourself certain questions to further strengthen your belief that you need to consult a therapist. 

  • Does your viewing is beyond your control and have you tried to limit yourself and failed?

  • Negative emotions such as shame crowd your mind after watching porn. 

  • You go to extreme lengths to watch porn such as coming home from work early. 

  • When not using pornography, does your mind constantly thinks of porn?

  • Has watching porn disturbed other areas of your life such as work, friends, and family?

  • Has your habit gone to such an extreme that you watch porn at inappropriate places such as work? 

 

Porn Addiction Counselling in London 

Once you identify that you are a porn addict, you need to head for proper porn therapy. Porn addiction counseling sessions indulge you in a conversation where you express the feeling of watching porn. Counselors look for reasons why you indulge in watching porn and what triggers this feeling of following porn excessively. Family therapy pornography also comes into play when the cases are expansive and severe. 

Therapy for porn addiction involves several treatment options and methods that give valuable results such as:

  • Identify high-risk situations and what triggers the feel 

  • Relationships and friendships need to be re-negotiated 

  • Reduce and manage the cravings to watch porn 

  • Managing the primary reasons that trigger pornography addiction such as stress, anxiety, and depression. 

  • Look for other pleasurable activities apart from porn

  • Help to ensure that you lead a balanced life 

Therapy Types:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  2. Acceptance and commitment therapy

  3. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

 

FAQs

 

How should I deal with porn addiction?

On your part, you can try to minimize watching porn and indulging in healthy activities, spending more time with friends and family and keeping yourself busy. In severe cases, you must consult porn addiction counselors.  

Why is porn so addictive?

Porn is addictive due to the pleasurable feeling it indulges you in. Apart from watching, people get into physical activities such as masturbation that further releases stress. Hence, over time, it becomes addictive. 

How to stop porn addiction? 

Either by limiting your viewing time or by consulting a proper porn addiction counselor, you can move towards stopping porn addiction for yourself. 

How to help someone with porn addiction?

Mostly, porn addicts do not ask for help openly and do not expose to their habit. However, if you know an addict, simply ensure that they consult a porn addiction counselor for porn addiction support. 

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