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Pornography Addiction

PRIVATE CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELLING FOR PORN ADDICTION IN SYDNEY & ONLINE

Pornography is around for centuries. In our 21st century, Internet pornography has changed the landscape of sexual identity, sexual expectations and sexual consent for many porn consumers. Soft and hard core porn is steaming endlessly online and has caused an estimated 10% of users to addict and to engage in continuous compulsive, secretive, and deceitful online pornogeraphy behaviour without spousal knowledge or consent. This behaviour has emerged as a new form of infidelity and has become a major contributor to relationship and marriage breakdown and divorce. For some addicts, compulsive pornography habits may stand in the way to form a meaningful relationship in the first place.

Sex Addiction Australia’s approach to successful pornography and sex addiction treatment is provided by renowned clinical sex therapist with more than 20 years of professional experience. We can help addicts to stop their vicious cycle of pornography addiction. We offer private and strictly confidential one-on-one sex addiction therapy for porn addicts, and sensitive professional trauma counselling for their spouses and partners, who suffer the impact and enormity of intimate betrayal trauma.

WHEN DOES PORNOGRAPHY BECOME AN ADDICTIVE DISORDER?

Most people in western culture normalise watching porn on occasions. They may see porn as a form of entertainment or extension to their sexuality. Some people warn of pornography as a source of encouraging sexual aggression in real life, while others argue in favour of pornography as a source of resolving sexual aggression online and indeed lowering the sex crime rate. The porn debate is loaded and ongoing….

NOTE**Pornography addiction disorder can be assumed when porn has become a centrepiece in a person’s thought process, when acting out pornography has taken over other areas of a person’s life, and where a person is unable to stop, or permanently cut down on the behaviour, despite severe negative consequences.

‘YOUR BRAIN ON PORN’ MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH

If you think you could be addicted to porn, you may want to read this; Cambridge University, UK has released a recent study on ‘Pornography Addiction And The Brain’, led by Dr. Valerie Voon. The study suggests addiction to pornography is an ‘Identifiable And Diagnosable Disorder’ of the brain. Please read further  information and research.

HOW TO QUIT PORN

How to Quit Porn? Sex Addiction Australia can help. Our highly trained professional counsellors and clinical sex therapists have many years of experience in successfully treating porn addicts. Our porn addiction therapy and counselling sessions are designed to make you feel comfortable while discussing sensitive personal sexual topics. We take an individual and person tailored approach to treatment to suit our clients’ circumstances. Contact Sex Addiction Australia to learn how to quit porn for good and improve your life and relationships.

PREVALENCE OF PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Porn addiction develops over time. Watching porn might start out as harmless sexual curiosity and can develop into an unforeseen harmful sexual addiction. A United States study estimates that 56% of men and 41% of women consume pornography on a monthly basis. About 8%-10% of the adult population is now estimated to be addicted to compulsive sex and pornography. However, a majority of pornography consumers do not addict.

IS PORNOGRAPHY THREATENING OUR SOCIETY?

Researchers explain that the brain is capable of sexual plasticity, and acquiring new tastes of sexual desires. The overwhelming volume, and easy access to soft and hard core Internet pornography carries an inherit danger to ‘trick’ the brain into needing more and craving more porn, even if the viewer does not really like it. Unfortunately, even children are increasingly reported to accessing adult Internet pornography. Premature sexualisation in under-aged teens, or even younger children, is raising alarming concerns in regards to long term outcomes to their sexual and social development.

PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION AFFECTS MEN AND WOMEN

Men of any age and background can be addicted to porn. Pornography is believed to be three times more addictive in men, as compared to women. Men are more prone to addict to pornography due to their predominantly visually orientated male sexual arousal system of the brain.

Women are not immune. Porn addiction is commonly seen as a male problem. However, the number of women addicted to pornography is increasing in actual facts. This increase of female pornography addiction may be a result of a variety of factors including; initially using porn for a laugh and giving pornography a socially acceptable status, the easy access to pornography, and turning up the frequency of watching porn, as well as the anonymity and permission giving environment of the Internet.

PORNOGRAPHY DEPENDENCY

Porn addicts have developed dependency on quick and intense brain rewards from watching porn. Common signs of dependency include growing tolerance and desensitization to porn, and constant needs to upscale frequency and intensity of pornography consumption.

WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

  • Constantly returning porn cravings and compulsive sexual thoughts and fantasy.
  • Loss of motivation, boredom, flatlining, when not consuming porn.
  • Loss of control, failure to permanently stop the behaviour, despite serious attempts to do so.
  • Moderate to severe mood swings before and after acting out porn, masturbation, sex.
  • Lengthily recovery periods after acting out porn, masturbation, sex.
  • Interrupted sleep patterns, agitation, anger, food/alcohol consumption increase, concentration difficulties, general physical malaise.
  • Developing difficulty with intimacy, desire, and affection in a relationship. Blaming the partner.
  • Researchers warn that some men will develop pornography induced erectile dysfunction (PIED). (Research 2014 Max Plank Institute, Germany).

WHY CAN’T I STOP MYSELF

Individuals, who have addicted to pornography and sex, are believed to have undergone brain changes. On August 15 th 2011, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) has publicly issued a statement that ‘addiction is a primary chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry’.

This statement expresses a clear change from previous concepts of classifying addictive behaviour as choice behaviour, which has contributed to stigmatisation, rather than offering much needed rehabilitation. The ASAM research study highlights addiction as a disorder of the brain requiring clinical treatment to achieve full recovery.

PORN ADDICTION TREATMENT & COUNSELLING

Sex Addiction Australia offers clinical pornography and sex addiction therapy, and personalrelationship, and marriage counselling. Please contact Heide for information in our Sydney office, or book a private confidential face-to-face or online appointment. Call (+61) 02 9380 4486 or email info@sexaddictionaustralia.com.au