So....Sex/Porn Addiction isn't an Addiction???

For the people who continue to attempt to claim that sex and/or porn addiction is not an addiction -- and believe me, there are way too many of them out there -- the World Health Organization took probably the biggest steps in history the last few weeks in categorizing sexual impulse disorder as a diagnosable condition. I wrote more about it a couple days ago on my website if you'd like to read more:
https://recoveringpornaddict.com/2018/07/12/major-news-compulsive-sexual-behavior-now-labeled-mental-illness-by-world-health-organization/
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  • @JoshuaShea thank you for sharing!! appreciate the work you do .... :)
  • Thank you @dominica I had a Caribbean TV talk show contact me today to see if I would be willing to be on their show via satellite on Monday night as a pornography addiction expert. They must have seen this post somehow. Isn't that amazing? And I hope you keep posting as often as you do. Even if you just say "I agree with Josh or Dean" I think that the person knows the advice is decent and it also help me recognize I'm not 180 degrees in the wrong direction.
  • Hey, @JoshuaShea... Thanks for sharing that link with us. I truly appreciate your expertise on this subject. So glad you're a part of our community!

    Are you going to do the Caribbean TV talk show? That would be cool!
  • @DeanD I got married in Jamaica, so I feel like I should give something back. :)

    I got a huge amount of hits and sold some books after I was on a radio show following the Anaheim Angels game last week in California. We'll see if there are any hits or sales tonight when I do the Caribbean show. I guess some cable stations in NY/Conn/NJ get it in in the US and some cable systems in Canada, too.

    It's funny, the smallest podcast will want to plan 4 months in advance with you, but a show out of Barbados with a potential viewership near 5 million only gives about 4 days notice. I just hope the words "pornography addiction expert" appear under my name and not something worse.

    I'll let you know how it went tomorrow.
  • @blueorchid Thanks for asking. It was interesting because usually I'm doing a recorded podcast and it's not that technical. Doing a live TV show remotely basically meant they had to walk me through turning my computer into a TV studio. We messed with lighting and sound for a long time. During the first commercial they had to tell me to look at my computer's camera and not the screen. Overall, I think it went well.
    Here's a link if anybody wants to watch. The first 5 mins is just Facebook Live so they can test everything and then the show begins/
  • @JoshuaShea... Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I'll watch it when I get a few spare minutes. You are doing wonderful work, my friend!
  • Thank you @DeanD That means a lot.
  • Wow @JoshuaShea how fantastic!! And look at you all clean shaven :wink:
  • @JoshuaShea awesome! watched a few minutes and looks great! thanks for shining your light so brightly!
  • @JoshuaShea ps i love your headphone/mic!
  • @blueorchid @dominica @deand I go back and forth on if I look better with or without the beard. And thanks for the nice words. What I said on there was important, but I hope you watched the commercials. Those hurricane tips are even more important!
  • @JoshuaShea... Great job with that interview. I hope it helps a lot of people. And helps you sell some books, too. Also, for what it's worth... You look a lot younger w/o the beard, IMO.
  • @DeanD I've heard that from others, Dean, but I'm not sure youth is something that should come with being a pornography addiction expert....or maybe you're saying I look 59 compared to 66 with the beard, which in both cases...$#%$@ you!
  • Hi @JoshuaShea Kudos on the great podcast :)

    I don't doubt sex and porn can be an addiction. Considering the control element in sex, and the visual escapism of porn it makes perfect sense.
  • Thanks @Assembly_of_Me. It's important people recognize that addicts don't go to porn as a replacement of sex or people with sex addicts don't choose random partners away from their loved ones because it's the orgasm they're after. That's not really it. That's just a finish line and I think because it's the finish line of traditional, healthy sexual relations, that the two get confused. It really is about escapism and excitement and danger and a fantasy world where you have control.
  • I have a question @JoshuaShea

    In your studies how much correlation is there between SA as children and sex addicts as adults?
    I'm not trying to imply every sex / pornography addict was SA as children or vice- versa. I'm curious if there's been studies, if so the results.
  • @Assembly_of_Me That's a good question. The one stat I can site says that 94% of adult sex or porn addicts have experienced trauma as a result of abuse (usually sexual, but it can be physical or mental) in their childhood. Anecdotally I don't know the story of every sex/porn addict I've met, but this seems accurate.
    I don't know for sure if studies correlating the two have been done, but when you look in households where things like alcoholism or domestic abuse seem almost hereditary, I would think this could be too.
    With the World Health Organization recently saying that "Sexual Impulse Disorder" is now a diagnosable and treatable condition for the medical world, I've got to believe that the inherited DNA aspect of addiction must carry over to sex/porn as it does with other addictions since the brain chemistry of addiction is 99% the same.
    If I do come across something more definite I will make sure to share here.
  • Thanks again for sharing your knowledge, @JoshuaShea!
  • Thank you @JoshuaShea,
    Your feedback is interesting and gives me something to think about.
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