How to Heal When You’re Struggling with Porn Addiction

Porn Addiction | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comIt might be a disturbing experience to realize that you might have a porn addiction. On the one hand you might enjoy the sexual activity and it probably provides great pleasure, but on the other hand, it can be upsetting because in general sex is a topic that continues to be taboo.

Interestingly, it is the forbidden nature of sexuality that promotes secretly becoming obsessed with porn, and other forms of sexual activity, including fantasy. An addiction to sex and porn often develops when sex is regarded as shameful, secretive, or abusive.

The addiction with sex turns into compulsive behavior where there is a loss of control and you find yourself spending large amounts of time engaging in sexual-related activity to the point where you are neglecting work or family responsibilities.

You might find that an addiction is present if you see the following behavior in yourself:

Traits of Porn Addiction

  • Obsessive thoughts about sex that disrupt functioning at home or at the work place.
  • Inability to refrain from viewing pornography or engaging in sexual behavior
  • Avoiding time with friends or other typical social activities to instead spend time on the computer or have sexual encounters.
  • Having multiple affairs or sexual interaction
  • Feeling obsessed about a particular relationship
  • Compulsively watching porn
  • Compulsively engaging in masturbation
  • The existence of a cybersex addiction
  • Sexual activity with partners that you don’t know well
  • Prostitution and sexual massage
  • Having problems with personal boundaries
  • Chronic relapse fueled by sexual behavior

Reasons Why Porn Addiction Happens

Just like the pleasure that one experiences with alcohol and drugs, the pleasure that comes with a sexual experience or with watching porn can also lead to an addiction. It’s the pleasure center in the brain that’s activated and that triggers more and more of the same experience.

In fact, even the fantasizing can activate the brain’s reward system and begin the cycle of addiction. This fantasizing and daydreaming can be at the heart of a sexual addiction. Those addicted to sex can experience a sense of euphoria, making sexual-related behavior more about pleasure seeking, just as taking drugs might lead to a high.

Sexual addiction is not about intimacy; rather it is often about seeking pleasure and avoiding unpleasant emotions or interpersonal problems. Moreover, the pleasure experienced by engaging in sexual activity is often accompanied by guilt, shame, and remorse.

If you believe that you show the signs of an obsession, getting treatment is important! If you’re already in recovery, then you may already be in contact with a mental health professional whom you can speak to.

Dangers Of Sex Addiction

The dangers of sexual addiction include excessive sexual activity which can lead to unexpected pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the intensifying of any unresolved emotions.

Seeking professional mental health treatment is important if the above signs are evident. The fact that sex is taboo can make it challenging to talk about it, especially if there are signs of an addiction. Yet, getting treatment, just like seeking drug treatment, is an essential part of recovery, health, and healing.

In fact, one of the most effective treatment methods for sexual and/or porn addiction is group therapy. In a program specific to your gender, you can find others who are struggling with the same issues and come out of the dark about the concerns you are having.

Family and friends of those with sexual addictions might also find group therapy useful as well. Such a group can provide family members with the resources they need to support their loved ones through the difficulties of addiction and breaking free of an addiction’s grasp.

 

 

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