Porn Addiction: How to Get Help
If you have a porn addiction, you likely do everything in your power to make sure that no one knows about it. Unfortunately, unlike substance abuse and some other addictions, porn addiction is often treated as a dirty joke on television and in the media. If you have a porn addiction, people seem to think you’re just perverted or lonely and that you should be able to stop and go on with your life. However, pornography addiction is a real and serious disorder, and it should be treated with care and without judgment.
How Does Porn Addiction Begin?
Like any addiction, no one decides to become addicted to pornography. In fact, for most people it begins as an innocent escape. They want to feel aroused, and they want to experience a fantasy for a little while. However, with porn addicts, that fantasy becomes a major priority. Before they know it, they’re avoiding friends and family so that they can watch pornography, and watching it becomes compulsive.
What Drives Porn Addiction?
Most people who become addicted to pornography are just like people who become addicted to alcohol or any other substance. They begin using it to get a release from the situation they’re in, and they continue using it because it protects them from dealing with that situation. Many people become addicted to porn because they have a fear of rejection, and the actors and actresses in pornographic videos and pictures won’t ever reject them.
The Dangers of Porn Addiction
Just like any addiction, porn addiction can take over your life. When you prioritize it over real personal relationships, you may never be rejected, but you’ll also never get the chance to experience real intimacy with another person. And, if you are married or in a relationship, you are likely to lose intimacy with that person, and you may lose them entirely. Porn addiction has led to numerous broken relationships and families.
Getting Help From Your Loved Ones
The first step to getting help and getting balance into your life is to admit you have a problem. You don’t have to shout it from the rooftops, but you should talk with the people closest to you about your problem and ask them for their support. This will help them understand what you’re going through, and it will be the first step in rebuilding your relationship with them.
Get Professional Support and Counseling
Whether or not you can bring yourself to speak frankly about your addiction with your spouse or close friends and family at first, you can get help from a professional counselor at a mental health or rehab facility. They will likely recommend one-on-one and/or group counseling sessions, and you can figure out a good treatment plan to help you get back on track.
Ongoing Support Groups
Even if you don’t go to a professional counselor or therapist for help, you can still get support and help by finding a support group for people with porn addictions. These groups are usually free of charge, and you’ll be able to listen to others’ struggles and learn to cope with your own, as well.
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