Is Viagra Addictive?

Viagra is not known to be addictive, as it is not scheduled as an addictive drug. Many men, especially in their younger years, find that they grow a reliance and dependency on the drug. Viagra was originally meant for aging men who were beginning to suffer erectile dysfunction or difficulties. Today, younger men who do not have any medical sexual complications are using and abusing Viagra. After casually experimenting with Viagra while on a holiday or vacation, men cannot forget the experience of increased stamina and endurance. Upon returning home, they continue using Viagra in their sexual encounters. Eventually, men find it difficult to perform sexually without the use of Viagra. Additionally, they might need two to three Viagra pills as opposed to just one.

Is Viagra Addictive?

Is Viagra Addictive?

Though Viagra is not known to chemically alter the brain to crave as other drugs do, men do report a psychological dependence. For example, before even going on a first date, a man will feel compelled to take one or two Viagra pills, in the event of a sexual occasion. Despite there being no guarantee of sexual activity, men who have become dependent on Viagra do not feel that they can be adequately prepared without taking the pills.

Why continue to use the drug? Men face sexual and gender pressures much in the same way women do. Expectations set by the media industry, from hyper masculine advertisements to the wide availability of internet porn, influence how a man sees himself in comparison to others. Young men feel pressured to meet an unrealistic standard in sexual performance, because they believe what they see in pornography is what women want in the bedroom. The need to satisfy a woman and one’s own insecurity defies the apparent side effects of the drug.

Long-term effects of Viagra use include:

  • Blue vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Heart palpitations
  • Cold Sweats
  • Heart complications
  • Hearing Loss
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Problematically, men feel they are hiding a secret when it comes to their dependency on Viagra. Shame is a strong driving force in addiction. Shame perpetuates secrecy, emotional blockages, and continuing abuse of a substance that makes men feel even more shameful. Opening up to partners and loved ones is the beginning to ending dependency on Viagra before it causes major medical issues.

 

Canada is one of the world’s largest suppliers of Viagra. Dependency on harmful drugs is life-threatening. If you or a loved one are concerned about drug abuse and dependency which is interfering with the quality of life, call Aurora Recovery Center today. We offer treatment programs for men seeking recovery from drug dependency. For more information call 1844-515-STOP

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