Acknowledging Porn Addiction: Quitting the Habit

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-As with any addiction, pornography can contribute to the deterioration of the individual, particularly if the level of addiction has reached a point where he or she has gone to extensive lengths to get porn, such as stealing or selling things to buy porn. As such, it is best to quit as soon as possible.In order to effectively quit porn, a person must first acknowledge the problem at hand. Without acknowledging that there is a problem that must be dealt with, the person will be less inclined to take action. After accepting that there is problem that has to be dealt with, there should be a gradual decrease in the amount of exposure to porn, perhaps in lessening the number of hours spent in front of the PC looking through porn, or decreasing the amount of movies or videos viewed per day. Gradual removal of the agent is necessary, in order to condition the mind and the body, and help the person in adapting to the loss of the agent. A sudden removal of porn would not be as successful, and may even lead to relapse of behavior, much like people who have suddenly gone cold turkey over smoking or drinking, wherein more people return to their addiction because they could not cope physically and mentally. Finally, it is important to find something to replace the old habit, but this time, something that is productive, such as playing a certain sport or a certain musical instrument. This would help facilitate in easing the person’s mind off of porn and focus his or her energies on another hobby, which can be “addicting”, so to speak.

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