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How to Cure an Addiction to Pornography

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 128

Addiction to pornography is similar to addictions of other natures in that it is diagnosed by assessing whether the obsessive behaviour demonstrated by the individual is severe enough that it negatively affects every day life, including what may seem like simple tasks to a non sufferer. Unfortunately, many addicts do not recognise the symptoms until too late, with some never accepting that they have a problem.

A pornography addict usually finds themselves either reading or watching pornography (or a combination of both) excessively, to the point where they have difficulty functioning in usual, every day situations without having partaken in this activity. A pornography addict may also think about pornography over and above anything else. If the addiction reaches this stage, it is important that a sufferer seeks relevant treatment to try and reduce the effects on their quality of life.

Pornograpy addiction has become a much more common complaint, with increasing numbers searching for help to combat the disease. The ever increasing availability and ease of accessing pornography, especially online, has contributed to these growing numbers. Fortunately, as a direct result of these growing numbers, the American Society of Addiction Medicine now officially recognises addiction to pornography and therefore it is a much more understood issue than it was previously, meaning that specialised treatments and dedicated professionals can now offer far more personalised assistance.

Although pornography differs from the more well known addiction complaints in that there is no physical substance involved, the affects can be similar and just as destructive. Addiction sufferers can experience a variety of symptoms, with some barely showing any signs and others experiencing a total inability to live their life. Some sufferers may find getting out of bed, or even going to bed at all, to be a huge challenge, with some addicts remaining awake for days at a time, unable to draw their attention away from their addiction. Some addicts are so controlled by their urges that they are unable to maintain a job or a family. Social situations are also often a huge cause for concern for addicts as their social skills can sometimes become diminished due to not being able to turn their thoughts away from their obsession.

Although no one can be sure exactly what causes addiction in general, it is suggested that sexual abuse or feelings of abandonment can contribute to pornography addiction.

As more sufferers are seeking treatment, research into suitable treatments especially for pornography addiction is expanding. Currently, the most effective treatment is discussion and therapy. Further treatments are offered, although the success rate has been unclear thus far. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) both bring a more medical aspect to treatment than therapy. EFT involves the addict being tapped on various pressure points throughout the body, and EMDR involves the sufferer moving their eyes in a set pattern of directions. It is suggested by those who practice these alternative techniques that the treatments can block the signal that sends emotion to the pornography seeking area of the brain.

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