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pornaddictAll over the world, thousands of people are finding themselves becoming addicted to porn. Despite the epidemic nature of how the addiction is evolving, you might find yourself feeling isolated and confused about your addiction. We will here share 7 things you need to know about your porn addiction to get you started on the process towards recovery.

  1. Porn is a drug. Yes you heard me; porn is a type of a drug in the way that it affects the addict’s life, body and brain. Unlike other drugs, porn is not some illegal street drug that you can only get access to by socializing with shady individuals. This is one of the biggest challenges for all porn addicts: porn as a drug is freely available and accessible whenever you need a hit. Furthermore, although porn is still somewhat of a taboo, it is also becoming more mainstream and can be seen in anything from music videos to commercials and advertisements filling up our streets. This is also why the recovery for a porn addict may at times seems more challenging compared to other addictions.
  1. Your addiction is not your fault. We are not saying that you are not responsible. Obviously you were the one who first tuned in to that porn flick on TV or started browsing for porn online, so it is not like you have no responsibility in creating this addiction whatsoever. We are however here to tell you that it is not your fault. Most of us learned nothing about sex or our own sexuality growing up and because porn is so aggressively marketed, it is very easy to fall into the trap of becoming addicted to porn.
  1. Desensitization. This is a word that you should familiarize yourself if you are serious about quitting your porn addiction. When you become addicted to something you slowly but surely start craving more and more of it. Think of a heroin addict that needs more and more heroin the more addicted he becomes. It is the same with porn. With porn however what tends to happen is that you’ll crave more and more extreme forms of porn to get that ‘kick’ of adrenaline. This can eventually cause you to become addicted to very extreme forms of porn that you otherwise would have never been interested in.
  1. You are not a pervert. Okay, maybe you are a pervert. But it may be worth your while to understand a little bit more of what is behind that word. The origin of the word ‘pervert’ comes from the (12c.) Old French pervertir and means “undo, destroy” and from the Latin pervertere that means to “overthrow, overturn,” or “to corrupt, subvert, abuse,” literally “turn the wrong way, turn about,” The word comes from the roots per- “away” (see per) + vertere “to turn” (see versus). So in essence, a pervert is someone who has turned away from his or her integrity and natural sexuality.
  1. Porn addiction (as well as masturbation and sex addiction) is by many medical professionals not considered an actual addiction. This is one of the reasons why there are so few treatment options for those addicted to porn, masturbation or sex. Furthermore, many of the treatment programs available are directly linked to specific religious beliefs.
  1. The average porn user. The people who watch the most porn are young males between the ages of 11 and 18. Some have reported to watch as much as 15 hours pr. Week. Does that concern you? If not, it should because it means that an entire generation of young men are growing up with completely skewed ideas about what sex is, and without proper guidance may become porn addicts.
  1. The Pen is Mightier than the Erection. Did you know that one of the best ways to start your recovery from porn addiction is through writing a journal? Yes a journal. But not the Hello Kitty kind that girls use to write about their crushes. A journal where you document your addiction and become an expert on understanding its psychological and physiological mechanisms.

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