Mental Health Treatment

Pornography Addiction

While it is still controversial whether pornography addiction is a real disorder, individuals suffering from it know that it is a condition that disrupts their relationships, their lifestyle, and in some cases, even their ability to function. For those who suffer from pornography addiction, it is helpful to know that it can be addressed by medical professionals, just as any other substance disorder or addictive behavior.

What is Pornography Addiction?

Non-substance-related or behavioral addictions that are not dependent on substance use are categorized under Addictive Disorders. The effects and impacts of addictive disorders may be similar to substance-related disorders, including mental health, social and family responsibilities, and regular activities.

In the case of pornography addicts, research shows that sex and porn are used as activities that enhance the rush of dopamine in the brain, compelling a person to continue engaging in an activity that may eventually lead to addiction, despite of negative consequences.

Signs and Symptoms of Pornography Addiction

Treatment of Pornography Addiction

There are several options for treatment of porn addiction, including therapy, hypnosis and medication assisted treatments, depending on the patient’s needs.

Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective in identifying and changing patterns of thinking and behaviors that are addictive.

Psychotherapy

Working with a professional therapist who can help a person recognize and understand their relationship with porn will provide tools and techniques to address their addictive behaviors.

Holistic Approaches

Hypnotherapy and meditation-based guided techniques have been shown to be effective in addressing the deeper issues causing porn addiction.

Relationship Counseling

In cases where porn addiction is threatening a relationship, couples counseling can help address how to cope with the addiction as partners.

Medication Assisted Treatment

In extreme cases of pornography addiction, serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be used to treat co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Opioid antagonists have also shown to be useful in treating pornography addiction and other compulsive sexual behaviors.

Can You Quit On Your Own?

Addiction to pornography can be a difficult topic to seek help about. If you think you are experiencing compulsive behaviors, as opposed to addictive behaviors, you may try to make lifestyle changes such as less access to pornographic materials, removing triggers in your environment, and expanding your activities to include healthy alternatives of exercise and entertainment.

 

You may also join support groups such as Sexual Addicts Anonymous, or Sexaholics Anonymous to find resources and accountability partners to manage your addiction. 

If you are experiencing an addiction that is threatening to destroy your relationships, your life and your work or family responsibilities, it may be time to seek treatment.

Find The Treatment That’s Right For You

When you start looking for treatment, you may notice that therapists hold differing viewpoints on pornography, where some may believe it’s not an addiction at all, whereas others may endorse sex-positive treatment options. Find a treatment center who you can align with, with respect to your beliefs and needs. 

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Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

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