Pornography (Porn) Addiction

 

Whilst much pornography might now be legal and free, there’s’ still a sense of unease about letting your friends and family know that you’re a lover of porn or that you might have a porn addiction problem. Due to the ease of access via the internet hard core and extreme acts of pornography have become available to both young and old within just a few clicks of the computer mouse.

Recent research has shown 70% of men aged between 18 and 34 visit a porn site at least once in a typical month and that 1 in 6 women also struggle with porn addiction. The revenue generated from online porn sites is measured in billions of pounds with one major porn site in recording 42 billion visits in just one year. It’s important to put pornography addiction into perspective as there many users who never become addicted to it and many couples find it a useful addition to their sex lives helping them to maintain the passion in their relationships.

So if some people can view pornography as entertainment what causes others to become addicted to porn at the expense of their health, mental wellbeing and finances. The brain is highly susceptible to becoming addicted to the practice of repeatedly viewing stimulating images that activate the brains pleasure centre causing the release of the drug known as dopamine  causing  an intense feeling of euphoria. This phenomena is also found in people who have become addicted to on-line gaming or repeatedly scrolling Apps like TikTok and Instagram.

Just like many other forms of addiction pornography causes the user to seek out more stimulation  to maintain a pleasurable high by repeating the process and the associate euphoria. Some of the most common indicators  which can help in identifying pornography addiction are: -

  • Watching porn every day or most days for periods of three months or more.
  • Binging on porn for days at a time
  • Lack of interest in hobbies, exercise routines and friendships
  • Viewing porn in inappropriate environments, such as the work place and public places
  • Personal sex lives become dysfunctional as the viewing of pornography and masturbation becomes preferential to intimacy and sex with partners.
  • The continued use of pornography causes impotency in men as they are unable to gain erections through the intimacy of physical relationships with their partners
  • The user has previously and unsuccessfully tried to reduce or quit their pornography viewing habits.
Here at Addictions Away, we help you to explore and identify the reasons behind your porn addiction   and understand more clearly your emotional dependency on porn to cope with life’s ups and downs. This will allow us to deliver the most appropriate form of therapy tailored to your unique circumstances.  Throughout your entire journey on the road to recovery our fully qualified and registered therapist will work closely alongside you, thus ensuring the best possible outcome. We offer confidential on-line and in person therapy services regulated by The British Standards Authority, provided at one of our therapy suites located throughout North Wales and Cheshire.

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