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Hello everyone! My name is Keith, and I've been addicted to porn since I was a small boy. At age 9, an older boy in the neighborhood showed me pornographic playing cards. Something "got in me" that day. I started with Playboy and then moved to LA in my early 20s and graduated to XXX porn. I've been using porn and masturbating to it for my entire life, even through 2 marriages. My first wife cheated on me, as did my second, but I have no doubt my porn addiction contributed to the demise of both marriages. At the end of 2018 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. That was a major wake-up call. Faced with my own mortality, I decided to quit. I was born again in February 1983, so even as a Christian man, I was still using. I am taking steps to defeat the addiction, including confessing to my pastor, speaking with a counselor I've known for 3 decades, and setting strict filters on images on my computer. I welcome any tips you might have. I've read the Game Plan, by Joe Dallas and am following his plans for sobriety.
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  • @kwells... Welcome to the community, Keith! I'm glad you found us and reached out. And I'm happy to hear that you're working to overcome your addiction. I'm proud of you, my friend. I don't have any direct experience in this area, but it's really not much different than any other addiction. Just keep working diligently and know that you're taking steps toward making your life much better.

    I'm sorry to hear about your prostate cancer. What's your prognosis? I will definitely say a prayer for you.

    I hope @JoshuaShea has time to stop by and comment on your post. He's our "resident expert" when it comes to porn addiction and he always has super helpful stuff to share with folks.

    Have a great day!
  • @kwells hello and welcome! thank you for sharing here. i am glad that you are working on your recovery... i don't have much to offer advice wise... just keep doing your work. glad you have others you can go to for support.... recover is a journey...and a process. celebrate the milestones and good days...and progress!!

    and know we are here to support you however we can.
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