Sex and Pornography Addiction Are Real - There is a Way Out.
Have your sexual behaviors become vital to your sense of well-being?
Do you regularly use money for sexual purposes?
Are you finding yourself obsessed with pornography? Do you keep secret accounts active?
Have you spent increasing time using pornography in self satisfying sexual behaviors?
Do you regularly use money for sex?
Have you tried to repeatedly stop only to find yourself engaging in the same behaviors?
Have you suffered financial, career or relationship loss because of your sexual behaviors?
What is Sexual Addiction?
A general definition of any addiction is a behavior repeated over and over again despite negative consequences to oneself or others. Once a person becomes addicted to an activity, a behavior, a substance, or a feeling, he or she will usually require some form of intervention to stop the addiction. Pornography addiction, a type of process addiction, is predicated upon an ever-growing need to see sexually explicit images. Pornographic addictions are viewed as part of a larger group of symptoms called sexual addictions, and are specifically considered process addictions. Process addictions are addictions to an activity or process. Statistics indicate that a large percentage of those who suffer from a pornographic addiction, including an Internet porn addiction, will suffer the loss of a marriage and loss of career. Similar to what occurs in drug and alcohol addiction, neurochemical changes occur in the brain that contributes to the maintenance of the pornography addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Addiction
A sexual addiction can create signs and symptoms that directly impair normal, day-to-day, functioning in those who suffer from it. Most notable are legal issues such as viewing illegal pornography, using prostitutes/escorts, or social issues. Those addicted may have limited sexual relations with their partners, or otherwise strained relationships. Other interpersonal relationships are also affected due to time spent in isolation viewing pornographic images or engaging in sexual behavior outside of the home.
Sex and pornography addiction affects our brain in significant ways over time. Outside help is necessary to bring about healing and change.
If you are struggling with any of the above know that you are not alone. Effective and caring help is available. All of our clinicians are trained in the Patrick Carnes model of sex addiction therapy. We have groups running year round to help guide people into recovery.
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