Porn Addiction is a Form of Sex Addiction

Addiction to pornography has become a growing topic of discussion. As the internet has become more widespread and accessible, the pornography industry has grown it’s reach significantly. Finding and observing pornographic videos, images, and chat rooms is easier than online dress shopping. Sex addiction and porn addiction are not about the actual substance of sex and porn but the pleasure associated with them. When a person gets addicted to porn and sex, their brains have undergone a similar neurobiological transformation as people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Just like addiction to drugs and alcohol, porn addiction damages relationships, jobs, health, and life.

Porn Addiction is a Form of Sex Addiction

Porn Addiction is a Form of Sex Addiction

Watching porn and associating the pleasurable sexual activity of masturbation creates a surplus of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is an important part of the brain’s reward system. Craving more of the pleasurable stimuli, the brain will need higher levels of dopamine production in order to actually feel pleasure. As a result, people in developing porn addiction will watch greater quantities of porn or more intensely sexual kinds of porn to achieve the same ‘high’. Eventually, the brain rewires itself, compromising decision making and judgment for the sake of pleasure. People start compulsively watching porn. They start watching in public, at work, or neglect their responsibilities to watch.

Problematically, the effect of pleasure from porn takes away from ability to be present in real life relationships and intimate experiences. With substances like alcohol, the addiction process desensitizes someone to the pleasure of taking a drink. Eventually it affects relationships and other parts of life; an alcoholic will find little to no pleasure in anything. Sexual intimacy is a healthy part of romantic partnerships. Porn addiction desensitizes people from each other.

 

Answering positively for three out of these five questions can indicate the presence of a pornography addiction:

  1. Do you find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?
  2. Do you hide some of your sexual behavior from others?
  3. Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did not like?
  4. Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?
  5. Do you feel controlled by your lust?
  6. When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?

 

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