Making or Breaking the Habit: Porn Addictions

It seems that everybody has their vices nowadays. Sometimes these “vices” get in the way of normal everyday life, and they are then generally referred to as “addictions.” We always hear about people being addicted to things like alcohol and drugs, but people can get addicted to just about anything, like pornography, for instance. Pornography can be just as addicting or more addicting than that of alcohol or other substances.

People becoming addicted to pornography seems to be on the rise within the last decade, maybe due to the increased accessibility to pornography via the internet. You can see just about anything you can possibly think of from the comfort of your own home. Pornography can become such a strong addiction probably because it makes people feel good and gives them comfort, as alcohol and drugs do. It is also in our nature to be drawn towards sexual behavior generally anyways, it’s just stronger with others sometimes. Like a drug, being without or being denied pornography can cause discomfort and “pain” for these persons with the addiction and they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Both personal and social relationships can be hurt by this addiction as well.

Why do people get addicted to begin with? Addictions may be genetic or they may be learned, or a little bit of both, nobody is really sure. But one thing for sure, if a person is addicted to one thing or has had a history of addictions, then becoming addicted to one thing (porn or alcohol, for example) may be just as easy as becoming addicted to another. Some people just have an addictive personality, or so to speak. Mental addictions can be just as strong or stronger than physical addictions. Pornography is a little bit of both in that it is physically and mentally gratifying.

Trying to overcome any addiction takes the support of others and the willingness to admit that one has an addiction. There are a variety of websites and books out there that can lead addicts in the right direction. I quit smoking this past February so I know first hand how difficult it to break a habit. At first it may seem impossible and, a bit painful, but if you just stick it out it will be worth it, in my opinion. I refer to the drug/addiction relationship like so: drug(pornography) = romance; addiction = relationship; The only real way to end a romance one has started is to really want the relationship to end.

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