Addiction: Effects, Symptoms, and Treatment

Who can deny, that out of all the different types of process addictions, one of the most secretive and hardest to reveal in the world is porn addiction?

In fact, more people than we think are addicted to watching porn. Often associated with masturbation, porn addiction is also considered to be a process addiction. There are many theories that try to figure out how porn addiction develops. Some consider it a psychological disposition; others are convinced that it can be physically abusive-just as drugs can be. However, before delving into what causes porn addiction, it’s important to describe this addiction more clearly. After all, there is a healthy side to porn-watching and masturbation, as well as an abusive side.

Signs that you or someone you know is addicted to porn includes: decrease in social activity (to watch porn), negative repercussions involving work and finances, continued seclusion, and the obsession to continue watching porn instead of performing vital daily functions. Because of the nature of this disease, for which many individuals consider to be absolutely private, or even taboo, it’s common for people addicted to porn to become reclusive and withdrawn.

Approaching the situation of porn addiction is a very fragile process. It is important not to become angry, resentful or close minded when it comes to understanding the reasons for the addiction. It is even more important to remain respectful yet firm in suggesting help for the addiction. Although initial attempts are likely to be rejected, steady support and suggestion will often sway a porn addict to consider rehabilitation from the addiction.

Once the option to attend a rehabilitation treatment made, many other decisions can be made. First and foremost, an individual’s needs play a crucial role in the choices made as far as location, amenities and approaches are concerned. As mentioned before, porn addiction is often linked to another form of addiction, including masturbation addiction. This process addiction-or an addiction associated with an action instead of a harmful substance-must be treated in conjunction with porn addiction. Failure to address all sides of the addiction will result in failure to fully rehabilitate from it. Some facilities require complete abstinence as a way to forcefully show addicts that no harm will be done when masturbation and porn are abstained from. Other reasons for mandatory abstinence are in the case of porn addicts who are also sex addicts. This is important because sex addiction poses much higher health risks than masturbation and porn addiction combined. The introduction of STD’s and potentially HIV/AIDs is an extremely high risk for sex addicts and demands immediate attention.

Only after accompanying addictions are treated can there be any chance of overcoming porn addiction. Often times, with the cessation of masturbation or sex addiction, the desire to watch porn diminishes greatly on its own. For others who still sense a persistent need to watch porn, therapists can help teach moderation and control. This way, a generally harmless practice can be safely enjoyed without the risk of negatively impacting other aspects of life.

People addicted to porn have several options when it comes to rehabilitation. Mentioned above is the scenario in which a porn addict enrolls in a treatment program located in a rehabilitation facility. Other options are to engage in treatment programs while still living at home, or perhaps, intensive outpatient treatment. Although the porn addict does not suffer from substance abuse, inpatient living arrangements have proven to help re-learn productive daily habits that will improve the addict’s control over his or her actions.

Also extremely effective while healing from porn addiction, are peer support groups. Although more underground than AA group meetings, public group meetings still exist for porn addiction. In these meetings, other process addicts that are addicted to abusive actions (including sexual endeavors or gambling) can share stories of liberation, empowerment and success in overcoming the addiction. Peer support has been found to have a profound impact on the healing process for porn addicts.

By connecting with peers, the recovering addict is presented with a point of view that he or she can more easily connect with, thus allowing them to gain coping strategies that can greatly help them recover from the self-destructive behavior.

If someone you know is addicted to porn, masturbation or sex, it is important to remain conscious of the level of sensitivity regarding the subject. With the action being so personal, it is not recommended to face the addict with abrupt, harsh or brash approaches toward their condition. Using motivation and patience, porn addiction can be overcome by practically any individual who follows the proper course of treatment.

For over ten years, A Center For Addiction Recovery has offered a wide array of comprehensive treatment programs and services to those in need. Offering a unique blend of traditional and holistic methods, we provide our patients with the opportunity to develop life-management skills, relapse prevention techniques, and a better understanding of alcohol/drug abuse and its harmful effects. Our treatment programs at A Center For Addiction Recovery are based on several components that are essential for every successful recovery.

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