How Real is Porn Addiction?

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-Pornography is soon becoming as bad as crack cocaine because it leads to addiction, sexual deviances, and erectile dysfunctions. The co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program of the UPenn believes pornography to be “the most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.”

Pornography has become particularly rampant because of its accessibility over the internet and the possibility of the viewer to be completely anonymous. Most addictive drugs can become quite expensive and often take a toll on the user’s body. However, porn addiction can go completely unnoticed for a really long time. In addition, while the effects of drugs may wear off after some time and be completely excreted from the body, pornographic images can last in the mind for as the person’s memory exists.

Pornography causes the release of certain chemicals in the brain to create a feeling of euphoria which can become quite addictive on its own. In addition, it also inadvertently leads to masturbation which causes the release of opiates produced naturally by the brain. These factors are what make pornography as addictive as crack cocaine.

Unfortunately, many experts refuse to consider porn addiction a mental sickness that requires treatment. This makes stopping porn addiction more problematic because there is limited research on how to do so. There are also limited treatment options for porn addiction. However, certain measures like deleting all pornography from your computer, getting rid of all pornographic material, and blocking off access to pornographic sites can help a porn addict become accustomed to living without pornography. When all triggers are removed, a porn addict can gradually get used to doing other things other than watching pornography and may start living a normal life again.

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