Don’t Lose Hope! If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you are experiencing turmoil related to addictive behaviors. At Mindful Centers, we provide the support and guidance you need to break free from pornography addiction.
Pornography has never been more available then it is right now. In the past, you had to go out and buy a magazine or rent a video if you wanted to see pornography, but the Internet has opened up the accessibility to porn at an unprecedented level. Adult bookstores are just a click away, and you can even stumble upon porn sites unintentionally without realizing it until it’s too late. It can be easy to get hooked. After all, we are sexual beings with a natural curiosity. If you or your significant other is struggling with porn addiction, the specialists at Mindful Centers are here to help.
Pornography addiction refers to a range of compulsive sexual behaviors and the concurrent use of pornographic materials that are performed in excess and without regard to the negative consequences to one’s physical, mental, social, or financial well-being. In other words, having a porn addiction is much more than simply enjoying a Hustler Magazine or occasionally watching porn with your significant other. Not everyone who sees porn will become addicted to it, however some may obtain toxic ideas about sex which can damage healthy relationships. Pornography becomes a problem when you start craving more and more extreme material to experience the same level of excitement.
Is there a connection between porn addiction and internet/cybersex?
A common gateway that leads to a pornography addiction is internet/cybersex. Some people turn to internet sex because they believe it is safer than having sex in real life (no STDs or unwanted pregnancies) or they may try it as a first step before becoming sexually active. It’s also easier to experiment with/observe new sex acts they would never attempt in real life or avoid the lengthy seduction process that would require face-to-face interactions.
Internet/cybersex can occur via:
- Chat rooms
- News groups
- Social media sites
- Pornographic websites
- Smartphone applications
Some people may believe that cybersex and internet porn are harmless, beneficial even, but some people develop an internet porn addiction that may lead to a propensity for anonymous sex or compulsive masturbation.
Is watching porn healthy?
This is a topic for debate, but there is no clear answer. Some individuals and experts will contend that watching porn to any degree will have negative effects on one’s life. They believe that the images are perverse, forever burned into your memory and negatively influencing how you view sex. However, others will suggest that there are healthy time limits and types of porn to watch. Their stance is that porn adds to your sex life, makes things interesting, and fuels ideas for romance and excitement. The main point is not whether you watch porn or not, but about the affect porn is having on your life.
Kicking the habit
If your life is being controlled by watching porn, you may need help to get things back under control. The sex and love addiction specialists at Sano Center for Recovery understand the difficulties you are facing. Like kicking a drug habit, you may experience withdrawals symptoms while recovering from a pornography addiction, such as:
- Strange sexual dreams and fantasies
- Peculiar physical symptoms
- Mood changes
How Mindful Centers can help
When it comes to porn and internet porn addiction, Mindful Centers offers a wide variety of programs and meetings that can help you down the road to recovery. Our programs include:
Our programs include porn addiction therapy for men and women as well as psycho-education, group therapy, couple’s therapy and recovery coaching, all with a mindfulness-based addiction therapy focus which has been empirically proven to be highly effective.
Don’t Lose Hope! Mindful Centers is experienced in treating both men and women who are struggling with pornography addiction. Our therapists are highly trained, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Reach out to us and take the first step towards recovery. Call or email us at any time. We are here to help you bring balance back to your life.
Get help for pornography addiction by calling 562-356-9835 today!
Book A FREE 20-Minute Consultation
Reach out for help today and one of our therapists will return to you.