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Pornography Addiction

Pornography Addiction

Porn addiction is a difficult subject for many, particularly if they are in a relationship, both for the individual and those close to them. It’s an emotive and often misunderstood addiction and it must be handled in an understanding and sensitive manner and educating oneself about process addictions and the treatment of them is important. It is defined as a behavioural or process addiction and is characterized by an ever-growing need or compulsion to view pornographic content or material. In the past, a person who suffers from an addiction to pornography would simply satisfy his or her cravings by viewing or collecting pornographic videos, magazines and photos. These days however, the tools available to feed a porn addiction have dramatically evolved alongside technology, by providing a literally unlimited supply of pornography at all levels of explicitness. This modern day porn addiction is also largely enabled by a range of devices, such as the Internet, social media and smartphones. These devices further enable a porn addict because they allow anyone to store and view porn in much higher volumes than ever before while leaving little or no obvious or visible physical evidence of the extent of their porn use. There certainly appears to be a correlation between people who are experiencing difficulties in personal relationships and those who are affected by porn addiction. Having studied addiction, this comes as no surprise to me because all addicts have the tendency to isolate themselves from friends, family and colleagues to continue the behaviours that fuel their addiction. I believe that, as with all addictions, the changes in the brain mean that the persons priorities alter so other parts of their lives begin to fall away or have less importance to them. Sex and pornography addiction can be linked but they are different, Porn addiction can affect a persons sex life though and also lead to sexual dysfunction, which can further isolate the person, this is not only damaging to physical relationships but also can have a dramatic psychological impact on both the addict and their partner. These dysfunctions typically involve the inability to be physically intimate with another person. Below, we try to answer the question of Am I Addicted to Pornography and talk about how to address a partners pornography addiction.

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Porn Addiction – Sex and Pornography Addiction, Am I addicted to Pornography, Partners Pornography Addiction

Is Porn Addiction Really an Addiction?

Many medical professionals don’t treat the compulsion to view or use pornographic material as an addiction, many do. I believe that it is and is just as damaging as a substance addiction. The same criteria for a determining a porn addiction can be used as for an alcoholic or drug addict and many of the same questions can be answered. For example, people suffering with a porn addiction tend to ignore, replace or neglect significant relationships because of their obsession with pornography, just as a drug addict or an alcoholic would replace these things with alcohol or drugs. Porn addicts will also actively take measures to isolate themselves just as those addicted to chemicals or substances will do, to engage in viewing porn. We can view behavioural addictions like this in the same way as substance addictions because essentially, the problem is the behaviours and the porn, sex, gambling, drugs, alcohol etc. is just the outlet, the symptom of the disease of addiction if you like.

Sex and Pornography Addiction

Sex and Pornography Addiction – Someone who is addicted to porn can spend several hours alone simply viewing pornographic images or content and it’s not even about the sexual act with most, in fact, fantasy often acts as a replacement for intimate relationships causing huge problems in relationships. Sex and Pornography Addiction are essentially separate things but the lines are sometimes blurred and as I said, this can be a very sensitive and complex issue for partners to understand and may involve couple counselling from a specialist sex addiction counsellor.

Am I Addicted to Pornography?

Am I Addicted to Pornography – Signs and symptoms of a porn addiction will vary depending on the individual and the availability of pornographic material, the main benchmark to decide if you are addicted to pornography is to ask yourself, are other areas of my life suffering and being neglected due to my consumption of porn? These can be financial, social, emotional etc. A classic example is that your relationships with other people may be suffering, you go out less or your romantic relationship is edgy. If the answer to the question is yes, then it is a problem and will only become worse with time if you do not do something to address it. In a nutshell, am I addicted to pornography is a difficult question to answer but the fact that someone thinks they may have a problem is usually confirmation that the problem exists.

Are you worried about a partners pornography addiction?

If you are in a relationship with someone who watches porn then it is natural to be worried about your partners pornography addiction and the reasons why they need to use it. Porn addiction treatment and recovery must address the problem, but most importantly it must work towards changing the patterns of behaviour and thoughts that contribute to any addiction. The best way to treat it, as with any process addiction is through a period in rehab. I believe that at the initial stage that removing the person physically from any access to the problem (i.e. No use of phone, tablets or computers or internet access of any kind) is the most effective treatment. This is like a detox period for a substance addiction. Once away from the problem, work on the underlying issues and behaviours can begin in a caring and controlled environment. At this stage, the partner of the addict can become involved, express their concerns and talk about how it is affecting them and the relationship. The partners of those addicted to porn can also receive individual or couple counselling to talk openly and honestly about the problem and how to move forward together. A partners pornography addiction doesn’t mean that something is lacking in the relationship when viewed as an illness though this is sometimes difficult to understand, counselling can help with this.

At CapeRecovery we work with the best rehab for pornography addiction and the best sex addiction counsellors who can provide individual and couple counselling.

So, if you need advice and help with a Porn Addiction or Sex and Pornography Addiction, need answers to the question, Am I addicted to Pornography? or have concerns about a Partners Pornography Addiction, simply Contact Us and we will arrange everything for you.