porn addiction recovery

Porn Addiction Recovery

Did you know that several medical boards don’t yet classify porn addiction as a real addiction?

Even so, Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) has helped many clients with porn addiction recovery techniques.

We prefer to call it “compulsive porn use,” but since clients come in calling it “porn addiction,” we will use that language here.

Porn addiction and the resulting compulsive behaviors have negatively impacted our clients’ relationships, marriages, and careers.

People view porn in order to masturbate and pleasure themselves, but when it turns into a coping mechanism, it may become an addiction.

 

You May be Addicted to Porn if Viewing Porn Causes You to:

  • Skip dates or appointments
  • Miss family functions
  • Leave work early or be late to work

 

Not everyone has a “porn addiction” or is a compulsive porn consumer.

Pornography can be useful to awaken desire and create fantasies in the mind.

Tips for Healthy Porn Use:

  • Still photos are always better than video!
  • It is better to read erotica than watch it. It helps you USE your imagination instead of just having someone else create the story. You need to use visualization while reading erotica.
  • If you can, mute the sound.
  • It is better to watch a GIF than a movie, because it is a shorter version of someone else’s fantasy. Pornography videos can make the mind lazy when it comes to real-life sex.

 

Why do People Think They Have Porn Addiction?

Self-diagnosis of porn addiction usually happens with people who escape into fantasies rather than dealing with their realities.

People believe “porn addiction” is real, because behaviors can be similar to other types of addictions:

  • Immediate reward – masturbation leads to orgasm.
  • It can be repeated as many times as you want. It is low cost or free and private.
  • You start with a small dose or view basic porn scenes to experience stimulation and release of dopamine. Then some people need greater stimuli to get the same reward. This means they need to view kinkier or rougher sex scenes, or their frequency increases, or both. Others DO NOT experience this. It really seems that this depends on a person’s sexual appetite.

 

Is Porn Addiction Real?

Officially, not yet. Researchers all over are debating if excessive use of pornography is considered a porn addiction in the scientific sense of the word.

The negative impact of porn addiction has not been proven yet by several research studies.

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) board doesn’t believe there is enough evidence to prove that it exists!

However, many people come to therapy due to their fears and sexual dysfunctions that they believe are caused by porn use.

Clients that have been caught viewing porn excessively have experienced shame that causes a rippling effect in their home.

 

How Can You Start Porn Addiction Recovery?

A trained therapist can help you overcome unhealthy behaviors, compulsions and sexual dysfunction to improve your quality of life.

 

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy with a qualified mental health professional usually consists of 45-60 minute sessions, which focus on the behaviors related to the “porn addiction”.

 

12-Step Programs

A community of others who are struggling with a similar experiences that come together to address a particular issue.

 

Cognitive-Based Therapy (CBT)

CBT often focuses on changing negative thoughts about oneself and the world into more positive and less-intrusive thoughts.

 

Couples or Sex Therapy

Couples counseling can be important for partners when one, or both, feel porn and masturbation are being used in unhealthy ways.

This type of counseling focuses on both clients resolving individual behaviors, improving communication, and removing barriers when it comes to sexual functioning, conversation and connection.

 

Online Therapy Program – Start Today!

LCAT utilizes secure, private text and online video/chat tools as part of our therapy program for porn addiction recovery as well as other issues.

We develop a plan together at a frequency and time that best works for you. This approach is beneficial when you need immediate and intensive help, or it is challenging to get to on-site sessions.

Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT) is a relationship coaching and sex therapy practice that transforms our clients lives through our flexible, multi-technique approach and pleasure-skills training provided by systemically-trained and licensed therapists!  Our team of compassionate, licensed therapists and certified sex therapists help clients who visit us for a variety of relationship, intimacy and sex problems.

 

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