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Porn Addiction

Pornography addiction is a very serious issue that is often overlooked as an actual addiction. People with drug and alcohol issues seem to gain more attention because the consequences of those are usually much more obvious. Porn addiction is just as pressing, however many addicts can fly under the radar for years. Individuals suffering from porn addiction share the same consequences as those with substance issues; they often replace their important commitments and relationships with their 'drug' of choice, in this case, pornography.

Pornography used to be limited to videos and magazines but with today's technology it is eveneasier for porn addicts to get their 'fix'. The Internet is always accessible and is the most commonly used avenue for viewing pornography. Addicts can view it on countless websites, free and paid, social media sites, live webcam chats and even on their smart phones.

Most pornography addicts isolate themselves while they engage in their addiction; this isolation is one of the major consequences of it. They can spend hours, even days staring at a screen or a two-dimensional image; neglecting basic human needs such as food, sleep and human interaction. Some porn addicts use compulsive masturbation as part of their acting out and others rarely engage in sexual acts but remain lost in images for extended periods of time.

Signs of pornography addiction can include, but are not limited to:
  • An inability to stop viewing porn and associated behaviors
  • Anger and irritability when asked to stop
  • Being secretive or hiding their porn use
  • Living a double life related to protect their addiction
  • Continuing the behavior despite consequences (i.e., loss of a relationship or job)
  • Spending more time than intended, or losing time while looking at porn
  • Putting their addiction ahead of important responsibilities
  • Spending excessive amounts of money for pornography


Many addicts find it very difficult to ask for help for their addiction problem. They often feel shame around their addiction due to stigmas relating topornography.

The first step to recovery is honesty and outreach. Addicts have to find someone who has experience with sexual addictions and open up to them about their problem without neglecting the embarrassing parts. These people can be found at 12-Step Meetings and specialized centers for addiction. Many rehabs that deal with drug and alcohol abuse also have programs for sexual addictions.

Most pornography addicts have a great deal of shame or embarrassment surrounding their addiction, but those feelings must be tolerated and dealt with in order for recovery. The addict will most often have to come to their own conclusion about their problem. This can be frustrating for their friends and family but it is often the only way due to the secretive nature of their addiction.

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