3 Tips for Dealing with a Porn Addiction

Understand Your Addiction

A pornography addiction is just like any other addiction; it’s
beyond just being a bad habit. For some the key to recovery is understanding
their addiction. Understanding your addiction means identifying and reducing or
avoiding your triggers. It also means you have to learn how to respond to
cravings in a healthy way instead of in an unhealthy way. Responding in an
unhealthy way is what traps you in the cycle of addiction. You have to do your
best to break that cycle and move forward with your life.

Accept Help

Once you understand your addiction and realize that you need
help to overcome it, you are ready to accept help. By accepting help with your
addiction you can take advantage of all the resources that may be available to
you. Even if you are not ready to accept outside help, you can start your own journey
to recover by finding self-help resources to get you started. By accepting
help, you lend yourself to the love, support, and encouragement of family,
friends, and loved ones. You may not see it now but this support alone with
take you far on your path to recovery.

Commit to Recovery

Once you have a firm understanding of your addiction and you
accept help, the next step is to commit to your recovery. When you commit to
recovery, you make a commitment to yourself to live a better, healthier, and
sustainable life. You and your loved ones are counting on you to get better,
they want to see you happy and healthy as much you want to feel happy and
healthy. Remember, if you got to this point, it’s because you couldn’t go on
living on the path that you were. If you’ve made it this far, honor your
commitment and stay the course to recovery.

Reference

Alex. “How to Stop Porn Addiction: One Powerful Technique to
Help You Stop Watching Porn” Feed The Right Wolf (Website). May 2010

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  • Great post! Porn addiction is something we should seek treatment. It can affect family life and can create many problems physically and mentally. Understanding the addiction is the most important thing. Anyway, appreciate your post!
  • great information here. porn addiction is rampant and people are afraid or ashamed to talk about it... and just like any other addiction, it may require reaching out for help to get free.

    as @evasknight mentioned, understanding the addiction can help empower someone to get free.....

    if you're struggling with porn addiction, begin reading about it and perhaps watching youtube videos on the topic. some people have shared some great tips for getting free from porn addiction....

    you don't have to stay stuck in addiction.... just keep trying! no matter what!
  • Excellent post. With porn being readily available to anyone with access to the Internet, porn addiction is rampant these days. One website that might really help people is NoFap, which is a porn-recovery community website started by a former porn addict. 
  • I like this a lot. It could be helpful.
  • This information is absolutely true. As an overcomer of pornography, I've found that stepping out of your comfort zone and letting others into your life to intervene is crucial to the steps to recovery! Unfortunately for me as time passed with my addiction, I've developed PIED which is porn-induced erectile dysfunction and its something I've struggled with ever since my recovery. I've been reading several review sites to find a medications suitable for PIED but nothing has really been convincing.
  • @Ben_vellani hey there! thank you for your input. glad you got something out of the article!

    don't be a stranger!
  • @jpowell123... I'm happy to hear you've overcome your porn addiction. I hope you find relief for your PIED soon.
  • I'm new to this, and trying to overcome the porn addiction. This post has good info in it. I have also watched some of the YouTube videos as they do help a lot in understanding the whole addiction and what it does to your loved ones.
  • @Kiesh23 what did you search for in YouTube to find those videos? I am trying to find a delicate way to share these resources I've learned about in this forum to my bf.
  • @ern... I don't know if your boyfriend has ever checked it out, but there's a really good website that's designed to help people beat their porn addiction. It was started by a former porn addict and there's a lot of great information there. Here's the URL, in case it might be something that could help your boyfriend:


    @MaggieElizabeth... You might want to check it out, too.
  • @DeanD I am not sure if he knows if the website yet, we've both been too busy to have a conversation about this (not the topic to talk with the kids around) but we will be soon, I did tell him I need to talk. @MaggieElizabeth told me of a couple books also. This is too embarrassing to talk to my friends about, so this group has been great.
  • I am glad you're finding support here, @ern. And I totally get the difficulties with talking about the topic while the kids around. Just share the website with him when you get a chance.

    Have a wonderful day!
  • @ern. I just searched for porn addiction. There are a lot of videos to watch. Don't remember the exact names but a whole bunch will show up when you search for it.
  • @ern we had counselling again this passed week, the counsellor says it's very important to keep lines of communication open..i struggle with bringing it up to my husband, because I feel like my talking and questions are going to lead to anger and fighting. he assured me that he wants me to talk about it. he's so far managed to stay away from the porn but it really hasn't been all that long. the counsellor says sometimes books and forums can have opposite affect of what they are designed to do and sometimes it's good to distance yourself from them for a time. I felt good after last session and it was suggested I see a counsellor on my own...i'm thinking about it but I know that only one thing will get rid of all the questions, hurt and doubts and that is knowing my husband is done with porn and more importantly that I believe he is done. I don't know how to get to this point because I have believed him so many times before only to be disappointed again.
  • @DeanD ; I have briefly checked out nofap....it seems very confusing to me..how to navigate
  • @MaggieElizabeth I'm glad you guys are on counseling together! I am also afraid of bring up stuff, but I think I'm going to try a blunt/brutally honest approach next. I'm suffering and I need to realease those feelings.
  • @MaggieElizabeth... I'm sorry you found the NoFap site confusing. I haven't spent a lot of time on it, so I can't really help you with the navigation. I wish it was more intuitive. Maybe spending a little time on the site would help you figure things out? Just a thought.
  • @ern ..being afraid to bring it help doesn't help with your own emotional well being. do what you have to do to help with your healing without being accusing or critical.......all that stuff...... my husband and I had a nice quiet weekend at home this weekend, I feel like we were connecting and I feel like he's really trying....one day at a time, tomorrow may be a different story.
    @DeanD I may try nofap again...I was wondering if there are other sights that are helpful
  • @MaggieElizabeth you are right, I need to consider my own needs and not go backwards. I will look into the website and the books. We've had some family medical emergencies lately and that kind of prevented us from talking. We've made it a point to reconnect this week, so we are back in a solid state (where neither of us feel threatened and talks go much better). I've also prioritized myself the past few weeks and that's made a difference also. He's been trying harder with me and It's made a huge difference with me. One day at a time for sure. I'm trying to not have high expectations, so I don't feel let down.
  • Never forget that YOUR life is important, too, @MaggieElizabeth. :)
  • Has anyone experienced erectile dysfunction from porn addiction?
  • @MariosG39 ;

    Hello there and welcome. Thank you for reaching out. I do not know much about your question. I read that there is a correlation. Perhaps others in the group can give their input. 

    here is a link to a good article that talks about it, and puts you in touch with an expert in the topic. What I gathered through reading it is that there is hope if this is indeed what you're dealing with. But it will take abstaining from watching porn completely. 

    We are here to support you however we can. Hope to keep seeing you around.

  • @MarioG39 my bf has. He went from drug addiction to porn, and I think it has been many years. It took us a while of talks, trial and error to find what works with him and is enough for me.
  • it's been a while since I've been on here...I'm not having a few good days, I thought I/we could get through this but i'm not so sure. even though I love my husband and want to work this out I am having a really hard time with trust and because of this it affects my desire to be intimate...does anyone else struggle with this?
  • I'm sorry you're struggling, @MaggieElizabeth. Sending you love, light, and hugs.
  • @MaggieElizabeth how has it been going? Communication has been excellent for my bf and I, not necessarily the sexual dysfunction though. He is concerned to allow the addiction to take over and 'use' me; but that leaves me feeling unwanted. I've been good with accepting, its just hard to stay feeling posi
  • I am a 34 single woman who is also a Christian and I am addicted to porn and I want help to stop. Thank you
  • @twizgirl25 your reaching out is a great step!! I only have experience wi5h the opposite point of view but @DeanD has a list of books and other good advice.
  • @twizgirl25... Welcome to the community. I'm glad you reached out. I don't have much experience with porn addiction, but I think there's a lot of information on the web that could help you. For example, the podcast at the link below... "Porn Addiction Among Women."

    http://www.covenanteyes.com/2009/08/17/podcast-porn-addiction-among-women-part-1/

    We're here to help and support you any way we can. So please don't hesitate to lean on us anytime you need to.

    Sending you love, light, and hope.
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