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Why Your Motivation Behind Watching Porn Can Determine Porn Addiction

Why Your Motivation Behind Watching Porn Can Determine Porn Addiction

Have you ever considered what your motivations are for watching pornography? Do you use it to enhance your masturbation experience? To learn new tricks in the bedroom? Maybe to relieve stress? Identifying the reasons behind why you watch porn can help you recognise an unhealthy behavioural pattern before it becomes a much bigger issue.

Is Porn an Escape?

If you find that some of your motivations to watch porn include easing physical or emotional discomfort, or to ‘escape’ from reality, this may indicate a deeper, underlying issue that needs some attention. Addiction is a complex disorder with many factors that come into play, but one of the most common elements in addiction is that the addict often uses their drug of choice (be it heroin, alcohol, sex, masturbation, pornography) as a way to ‘self-medicate’ their pain. And because the drug never actually fixes the problem, the cycle of addictive behaviour continues.

Assess Yourself

This is why it’s important to take a step back and assess the reasons behind your porn viewing habits. Once you identify that you are watching porn to ease or numb your physical or emotion pain, you have a much greater chance of either overcoming the addiction or preventing the addiction from developing altogether.

What Now?

If you have identified that you do have a porn addiction and you wish to recover from it, the good news is there are many treatment options now available. Sexual addictions are no longer stigmatised like they used to be, and sex and porn addictions are treated in much the same way as any other addiction. They require counselling from a professional sex therapist who specialises in treating these disorders.

Get in touch with the friendly team at Sex Addiction Australia today.