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Pornography Addiction

Porn addiction has the potential to ruin lives. Know the signs of addiction and how to get help.

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What is pornography addiction?

Pornography addiction, also known as overuse of porn, is characterized by obsessive use of explicit images, videos and other materials that induce sexual arousal. Addiction to porn affects the same reward circuits in the brain that trigger drug and alcohol addiction. As it takes hold, it negatively impacts many aspects of the patient’s life, such as relationships, jobs and social activities. Modern pornography addiction is exacerbated by the Internet, which delivers near-limitless porn in the privacy of one’s own home.

Symptoms of pornography addiction include

  • living a double life by hiding most or all porn use
  • anger when asked to stop using porn
  • inability to stop using porn

Treating pornography addiction.

Although pornography addiction is different from substance addiction, many of the mechanisms that cause it are the same. As a result, similar therapies—including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy and support groups—are used to treat porn addiction. Other methods, such as Internet monitoring or content-control devices, may also help addicts recover.

For more information on how to get help, please Contact Caron.