Pornography Addiction

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Pornography has been a part of human sexual fantasy since the dawn of time, as evidenced in cave excavations of early humans and in ancient civilizations. Expression of sexual fantasy and sexual curiosity is a fundamental human desire and, unsurprisingly, continues to this day.

In our 21st century however, Internet pornography has changed the landscape of erotica by using explicit, and almost unlimited sexual imaging with a purpose of increasing consumer engagement. The human brain however is not at a developmental stage to cope with such overflow of suggestive sexual possibilities. Therefore, an almost unavoidable side effect of habitual pornography overconsumption can be observed in influencing, confusing, and changing consumers’ sexual desires and arousals, and creating unrealistic sexual expectations and behaviours. In addition, sex and porn addicts may lose a primary interest in their real life sexual partner, and male porn addicts, even at a younger age, may lose their ability to obtain or maintain healthy erections in partner sex. This condition is known as Pornography Induced Erectile Dysfunction, or PIED. Internet pornography is breaking through boundaries of hundreds of thousands of porn consumers around the world, and has contributed to an unacceptable high number of users addicting to porn, and now requiring treatment from sex addiction specialists.

Get help right here! Affirmotive Sex Addiction Australia, ASAA is one of Australia’s foremost sex therapists with more than two decades of experience in helping sex addicts to stop their toxic cycle of porn addiction for good.

Pornography addiction may develop fast and without warning. Porn addiction is characterised by cravings and compulsions to consume more porn and enacting porn motivated sex with real life partners. Such behaviour has emerged as a new form of consent conflict and infidelity, and is 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.

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….

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 when a person is unable to stop, or permanently cut down, on the behaviour despite their sincere desire to do so, and despite their full awareness of the negative consequences pornography imposes on their own, and on their loved ones’ life.

‘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 more than 20 years of clinical 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 and 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

Watching porn might start out as a 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 have addicted to pornography and to compulsive pornography induced sexual behaviour. However, a majority of pornography consumers do not addict.

IS PORNOGRAPHY THREATENING OUR SOCIETY?

Researchers explain the brain is capable of 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. Unfortunately, even children are increasingly reported to accessing adult 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 DEPENDENCY

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

SIDE EFFECTS AND WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION 

  • Constantly returning porn cravings and compulsive sexual thoughts and fantasy.
  • Loss of motivation, lowered self esteem, ‘dark thought’, boredom, anger, rage, restlessness, emptiness, meaninglessness, 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.
  • Increasing dysphoria, dissatisfaction, anxiety or depression.
  • Interrupted sleep patterns, agitation, anger, food/alcohol consumption increase, concentration difficulties, general physical malaise.
  • Low energy, lowered productivity.
  • Developing difficulty with intimacy, desire, and affection in a relationship. Blaming or avoiding 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’.

Sex Addiction Australia says ‘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.”

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