My Journey with Porn Addiction Relapse and Recovery

What to Expect if You Continue in Your Porn Addiction and Don’t Get Help

Far too often, people will just continue on in their porn addictions and don’t get help. They may be in denial that they have a problem that requires professional attention. Sometimes they will be afraid to let anyone know that the compulsion to use pornography is present. This condition does carry with it the stigma of shame and embarrassment. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that is likely to change.

The worst thing you could do would be to put off getting the help you need if you’re a porn addict. Waiting could lead to a host of other problems, in time. For instance, men who continue in this addiction run the risk of experiencing sexual dysfunction. They may eventually become impotent. This means they no longer have the ability to form or maintain an erection. Men may also suffer from premature ejaculation as time goes by.

There are other effects of continuing in an active porn addiction without getting help as well. They can be both psychological and social in nature. The psychological ramifications include:

  • The risk of developing anxiety, depression, or a host of other co-occurring disorders.
  • A preoccupation with sexual thoughts all day long.
  • Confusion, guilt and shame.
  • Becoming ambivalent about stopping the use of porn.
  • An increase of impulsive behaviors that aren’t related directly to using porn.

Socially, you may experience:

  • A decreased need for real life sexual contact.
  • A decrease in your patience for sexual connections.
  • The inability to become aroused with your partner.
  • An increasing need for more aggressive sexual behaviors.
  • Becoming emotionally detached and aloof.

You may find that you constantly feel lonely. You may begin having trouble sleeping at night, or you may even eventually lose your job. This addiction is serious, and it should be taken seriously. Turning a blind eye to it isn’t going to change the fact that it is an addiction. Any addiction needs to be treated properly; otherwise, it will only continue and get worse.

But, isn’t Pornography Really Harmless?

In many ways it seems as though pornography is completely harmless. This is often referred to by experts as The Great Deception. You love the rush that porn creates for you. It provides you with a euphoric feeling that you enjoy. Eventually, using porn is going to do exactly the opposite. Many people who frequently use porn admit that it’s not something they really enjoy. They just feel compelled to do it. Furthermore, it eventually causes them to feel numb inside, and it isn’t enjoyable for long.

There is nothing harmless about pornography, and it is actually toxic. The fact that it is an addiction means that it will become worse unless something interrupts the cycle. What once seemed like an enjoyable way to spend a weekend can escalate quickly. It often doesn’t take long before the porn that once excited a person to seem mundane. To compensate, they may begin viewing things that most would agree go too far.

This is the truth about porn addiction. If you’re someone who suffers from it, getting help is the best gift you can give to yourself. It’s not easy, but it will change your life.

Your Recovery from Porn Addiction Starts Here

The hardest thing you have probably ever done was admit to yourself that you’re addicted to porn. The next step is admitting your porn addiction to someone else. No one wants to have to do that, and you might be at a critical point in your life right now.

It’s so important for you to recover if you are a porn addict. For most people, that means professional treatment. This might surprise you because you never thought you’d need professional help for this problem. Even so, please realize that this addiction is a powerful one. With any addiction, relapse is an absolute possibility. More often than not, it’s a certainty for most people.

At Northpoint Recovery, we offer help to those who suffer with porn addictions. We understand the pressure you’re feeling. We know how badly you want to recover from your addiction. We also have the tools that can help you.

It’s possible that you can’t imagine a life that doesn’t include porn. You may have been dealing with this for years. Help is available for you to recover.

Do you have questions about porn addiction recovery? If so, please contact us today.

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