Inside the Mind of a Porn Addict

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Sober Recovery Expert Author

Every day we're bombarded with images of scantily clothed women and men in suggestive poses. These visuals heighten our sexual awareness, leading some down a road of painful addiction to pornography. And to think, it’s an addiction that starts in the mind.

Porn As A Drug

Porn takes a stronghold in the mind. Just like an opioid, watching porn elicits the body's natural response to brain waves. To someone who’s become addicted, porn drudges up a “high” during sex or arousal that is similar the kind one experiences during drug use.

As pornography becomes more and more prevalent in the digital age, the opportunity for addiction presents itself much more frequently.

Perhaps even more worrisome than becoming addicted is the fact that porn can easily be justifiable. Sex is, of course, a natural thing we do, so it makes sense that our bodies and minds crave this from time to time. The trouble begins when we start to feel a need for it compulsively and become slaves to our desires rather than mindfully choosing when we engage in sexual acts or pornography.

The impact of porn addiction extends beyond ourselves. Porn addiction can affect sexual intimacy and the ability to experience pleasure with our partners. Since porn is an unattainable, digital and directed exploitation of sex, it's nearly impossible to get the same experience in everyday relationships consistently. Once our brains are hardwired to a certain level of porn, we will crave it more and more. Once that bar is set to a point that surpasses our relationships, we're in danger of never being sexually satisfied and, worse, damaging the trust of those we love.

Long-Term Consequences of Serial Porn Use

Porn doesn't just leave marks on one's mind. It also leaves a trail through someone's psychology, emotions, and conscience.

Serial porn users can experience:

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Low self-esteem

  • Lack of energy

  • Anger or anxiousness when not able to view porn

  • Compulsive viewing

  • Intrusive thoughts

Long-term consequences include depression, as the user becomes more obsessed with trying to "feel" a pleasure and become less satisfied with their own lives and the daily pleasures it brings.

On top of the brain's need for porn, can come fear and paranoia as behavior leans more toward hiding porn viewing habits. Even after a short while, stress can accumulate and generate more problems than the small moments of satisfaction.

When You Need Help

Porn addiction doesn't ever start out as an addiction. It begins as a subtle curiosity that grows into a consistent habit. Like any addiction, once the addict reaches their threshold, which demands more and more viewing, the brain is rewired and it will demand more supply to make the user feel good.

If you or someone you love are battling with porn addiction, there is no shame in asking for help. Call one of our centers today and speak to someone who can connect you with the help you need to regain control of your mind and sexual desires.

If you or someone you know is seeking help from addiction, please visit our directory of treatment centers or call 800-772-8219 to speak to a treatment specialist.

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