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Porn addiction Counselling

Porn – How are people affected?

In our modern society it is common for men and women to use pornography as a means for arousing themselves when alone and with a partner. For many this can be done without issue and can be an enjoyable experience. For many others, however, porn has become a problem.

Porn addiction in characterised by the sufferer’s compulsory need to increase the amount of pornography that they watch or the frequency of watching it. This increasing need can develop to the point where it is not functional for the individual. If this happens a counsellor can help to identify the root of their struggles and move towards a healthier happier life.

Common Characteristics of Porn Addiction

It is first important to note that a porn addiction is behavioural in nature. The addict feels a compulsion to watch porn; a craving that is very difficult for them to ignore. As with any addiction, the first step to recovery is admitting that there is a problem. Knowing the signs can help with that.

Individuals who suffer from a porn addiction often hide their porn use from others resulting in the feeling of leading a double life. They feel symptoms of withdrawal (e.g. anxiety, stress, or nervousness) when they can’t watch porn. Porn addicts lose track of time when watching porn because they get absorbed. They are unable to stop watching porn even if the consequences of their porn watching become serious (e.g. break up, job loss, etc). Exhibiting any of these symptoms may be grounds for seeking help.

Treatment options for Porn Addiction

There are many options for sufferers of porn addiction to utilise in their efforts to recover. Some of them are attending support groups and groups such as sex addicts anonymous. Attending some sort of support groups can provide individuals with a sense of belonging as they share common struggles.

When attempts to manage a porn addiction independently become too much a rehabilitation centre provides an option that is away from daily struggles and provides both group and one-to-one professional therapy. One-on-one and group therapy can also be conducted privately instead of or after attending rehab. Therapy can be provided by a counsellor or a psychotherapist either of which will provide a supportive and confidential environment.

How Can an Addiction Counsellor or Psychotherapist Help?

Short term treatment has one main focus: identifying the triggers that drive the porn addict’s compulsion for watching porn and masturbating. With the triggers identified they can begin to identify alternative coping mechanisms to help them avoid pornography in the future.

In long term treatment they will look at the root causes for their pornography addiction. The counsellor or psychotherapist will help them to understand why they feel compelled to engage in these behaviours. The sufferer will talk about their feelings specifically those surrounding sex and their past and current relationships and how each has impacted their life choices.

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