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Porn addiction: What you can do about it

By David Joshua Jennings July 10, 03:25 pm
Porn can be harmless if used right. But if you’re addicted to porn, it may have many negative effects. Love Matters has some tips to help you get over your porn addiction.
  • Find out of you're really addicted 
    We are all naturally sexual and need release from time to time. Watching porn on occasion is not necessarily a bad thing. But when it begins to put your work adn relationship at rist, you have a problem. 
  • Let go of your shame

    Shame is not a useful feeling when dealing with porn addiction. It can even become your worst enemyIf you’ve accepted your addiction, put your shame aside and seek help.
     
  • Make sure your addiction isn’t rooted in an actual health problem

    If you are absolutely unable to control your addiction to porn, you should find out if your addiction is rooted in real health issues. Drugs, alcohol and some mental health disorders, as well as hormonal imbalances, can lead to a hyperactive sex drive. You should speak with a doctor if you think this may be your problem.  
     
  • Figure out what needs to change

    Once you accept your problem, you need to figure out what exactly you want to change. You may have to quit porn altogether, or you may be happy with simply altering how and when you watch porn.

    For instance, if the amount of time you spend watching porn is the issue, you may be able to solve the problem by lessening the amount of time you spend on porn. Or perhaps you might want to watch porn only on weekends, or just with your partner. Once you’ve figured out what you want to change, you then have to figure out the best way to integrate that change into your life.
     
  • Deal with the root causes

    If you want to kill the tree, don’t trim the branches, cut the root! Find out what is at the root of your porn addiction. Porn addiction is often born out of boredom – if you solve your boredom problem by spending more time engaging in other activities, the porn problem may vanish. 

    Loneliness also tends to drive people to excessive porn use. To change that, spend more time with friends and family, or divert your energies into having romantic relationships.
     
  • Clean up your environment

    Environment is often a major factor when it comes to unhealthy relationships with pornography. Try spending more time with people who have a positive influence on you, and find hobbies and activities away from the computer. In the meantime, clear your hard drive of all potential distractions.
     
  • Expect that it will take time

    Unless your problem is very mild, it’s going to take time to fix. Don’t expect instant results, and then become discouraged when you fail. Be patient and persistent. It may help to tackle your addiction in stages, lessening your porn usage more and more over a period of time.
     
  • Deal with one transitory craving at a time

     A good way to combat your porn addiction is to deal with it one craving at a time. Whenever you feel a craving for porn, walk away from the TV/magazine/computer, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and remember what you feel like after a porn session. Remember the disappointment, shame or disgust, and channel your energy to something else. 
     
  • Avoid negative reinforcements and triggers

    If you focus closely on your behaviour, you may find that you have certain triggers that lead you to view porn. It may be an alluring advertisement, or something as simple as coming home from work. Pay attention and figure out what you’re doing when the desire arises to view porn, then do your best to avoid those triggers or replace them with a different response, such as taking a shower or reading.
     
  •  Seek more satisfying sex

    Porn addicts come in all shapes and sizes; many have partnersOne way to kick a porn addiction is to make your sex life more satisfyingwhich can help pacify your urges to view pornIf your sex life is a stale routine, change things up – try new positions and new locations!
     
  • Get help

    If your attempts to break your addiction don’t work, you should consider consulting a professional to find out what other solutions may be available. A doctor or counselor may be able to help you find a solution, or at least refer you to someone who can.
     

Are you addicted to porn? Did this article help you? Leave a comment below or reach us on Facebook or our discussion board. 

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Comments
sabastian rode mendez
Thu, 12/10/2015 - 02:02 pm
i hav been addicted 2 porn movies and i have been musterbating for last 5yrs.help me 2 avoid this and what problems can i face when keep addicted.thank you
Sabastian, addiction is much more than just watching porn movies all the time. If you cannot function without watching a porn movie then that might be a problem. If you want to stop watching porn you might want to start by getting rid of all the porn material you have, books, video or any other material. Read more here https://lovematters.co.ke/news/8-signs-youre-addicted-porn
Bukola aka
Sat, 12/12/2015 - 08:09 pm
Iam porn addict... i have tried severaly to get ride off watching porn and almost all the time i watch porn it get me arouse till i masturbate. a day four to five masturbation. what is you help. cause i really have to stop watching and giving myself the sort of masturbation.
Hi Bukola, as you mentioned watching porn can lead one to masturbate more than usual but that does not mean you are an addict. You just need to cut down on watching porn and that might help you reduce on the number of times you masturbate. get more information here https://lovematters.co.ke/news/masturbation-top-five-facts-part-2
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