Porn Addiction

Many people use pornography without ill effect. However, a small percentage of users get hooked into using pornography excessively and find themselves drawn into an ever growing compulsion to view or store pornographic images or material. Internet pornography is now known to be a ‘super-normal stimuli’ which can hijack the brain’s dopamine reward centre. Many of my clients began accessing pornography out of curiosity in adolescence and never imagined that their usage would continue for so many years or that it would escalate to the point where it felt out of control. Once in a committed relationship they often intended to stop or at least reduce their usage, but when they found they were unable to do so, the behaviour became a hidden, shameful secret. Although many medical and psychiatric professionals do not treat the compulsion to view or use pornographic material as an addiction, the signs and symptoms of porn addiction are often very similar to those that characterise other addictions, such as experiencing strong cravings and urges to view porn, and becoming angry or irritable when unable to access porn or being asked to stop by a loved one.

Porn addicts often lose large chunks of time – hours or even whole days watching pornography, followed by a feeling of regret and despondency that they had been unable to use their time more effectively. Many continue to view porn despite negative consequences, such as broken relationships or a job loss. Relationships often suffer as there can be a resulting loss of real intimacy, emotional distance, reduced sexual performance – sometimes an inability to have real physical sex with a partner as porn addiction can in some cases lead to an erectile disorder.

I can offer a comprehensive one to one treatment plan  and counselling support to anyone struggling with a porn addiction no matter how long the problem has persisted for.

 

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