How To Stop Pornography Addiction & Recovery Support

Pornography addiction can lead to shame and isolation, but breaking free from porn addiction is possible with resources and support from TheHopeLine. The first step is to understand the signs of porn addiction, its negative effects, and what you can do to break free.

What is Pornography?

Pornography is printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity. Pornographic material is most often accessed on the internet, but it can be found in any media format (books, movies, video games, etc.). Not every instance of nudity in artwork or media is necessarily pornographic. Pornography is specifically intended to stimulate sexual arousal and erotic feelings rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.

How Do I Know if I Have a Porn Addiction?

Like other addictive behavior, there are common signs of pornography addiction that it’s important to be aware of, such as:

  • You Can’t Stop Using: You are unable to go a day without viewing pornographic material.
  • You Are Losing Money: Because porn costs money, porn addiction may be putting you in debt.
  • You Always Want More: Even if you use every day, it never feels like enough. You always feel like you have to use more in order to maintain arousal and satisfaction.
  • You Have Lost Sexual Interest/Attraction: Due to the “fantasy” nature of pornographic content and the unrealistic expectations it sets, people addicted to pornography often lose interest in actual physical intimacy with their spouse. They may even lose attraction to their partner. This loss of interest may also be due to ongoing masturbation, which frequently accompanies pornography use.

If you find that viewing porn is causing you to lash out at others who are concerned about your using, or that you are hiding your use from people you care about, it’s time to admit that porn is harming your relationships and to get some help.

What Do I Do About Porn Addiction?

First things first. Don’t give into shame and isolation and continue to hide the pain that pornography use is causing you. Reach out and get help from people who understand your struggles and who can give you the accountability and encouragement to overcome.

While opening up about addiction is never easy, it is key to recovery and healing. It curbs the feelings of isolation and shame that so often trigger relapses into addictive behavior. There are also people all over the world who are passionate about compassionate addiction support, and they can pray for you as you work to overcome your addiction to porn use.

Addiction does not mean you are a “bad person” or that you not worthy of care and support. You can restore your relationships and find peace of mind – and you have lots of options for getting help. Along with in-person support groups and online communities, TheHopeLine offers email mentorship and live chat to help you stop using pornography and recover from porn addiction.

Need more information? Search our library of resources (blogs, podcasts, ebooks and more) for answers to questions like:

  • Will I Always Be An Addict?
  • Can I Fix a  Relationship Harmed by Porn Addiction?
  • Why is Masturbation a Harmful Behavior?

FAQ on Pornography:

How to tell your parents about your porn addiction?

I can’t predict how your parents will respond when you disclose your porn problem to them. However, the effects of porn addiction are far more destructive than coming clean with your parents or a trusted adult. Here are 9 tips for talking with your parents. 1. Tell them when they are most receptive - Wait until they are not hungry or tired and tell them in private. 2. Be truthful. Disclose all pertinent information without going into details. Answer their questions. 3. Give them space to process. Your parents may not understand why looking at porn is a problem. 4. Seek forgiveness. 5. Ask for help. Most parents want to help their child. 6. Offer advice. I didn’t understand porn’s effects, and I had no idea how to help my son. 7. Educate. Your parents, like me, may not understand porn’s effects. 8. Be patient. Remember, your parents feel betrayed, and it's hard to trust again. Be willing to answer them over and over.  9. Keep them informed.

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