WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The first thing you need to do to combat pornography is to empower yourself with information. Fight The New Drug is one of the best online resources available for educational information about pornography and it’s effects on us as individuals and society as a whole. We highly recommend the video series Brain, Heart,World below as a great place to start your own journey to recovery or to help others who may be struggling with pornography.
What Are The Signs Of Porn Addiction?
Pornography addiction can cause serious harm to yourself and those around you. Over time it can have adverse affects on a person’s health, relationships with others, and even jeapordize their employment. Below are a few symptoms a person with a pornography addiction may exhibit.
symptoms provided by verywellmind.com
Addiction Recovery & Support
Taking The First Step
One of the most important things to know about pornography use and addiction is that you are not alone. One out of three Americans seek out pornography at least once a month so even if you feel like you are the only one who has “a problem” with porn, statistically speaking that just isn’t the case.
If you’re struggling the best thing you can do first is open up and talk to someone you know, love, and trust about it. Don’t let guilt, shame, or embarrassment stop you from taking this critical step to recovery. Once you recognize and talk openly about it, your ability to overcome pornography will increase dramatically.
“The thing that I found [is] by not telling people, it becomes more powerful. But when you tell, and when you put it out there in the open… it loses it’s power.” – Terry Crews
Getting over an addiction can be very difficult, especially if you try to go it alone. Having a friend, spouse, or close family member involved and actively engaged in your recovery will keep you motivated and accountable which increases the likelyhood of a successful outcome as well.
For added support you can also incorporate one of many online programs like Fortify, that can provide you with additional resources by tracking your progress and connecting you to a community of other people who are experiencing the same challenges as you.
Talking To A Professional
Whenever you are dealing with an addiction, of any kind, you should always seek out and work with a licensed mental health professional. These individuals will not only provide detailed and specific direction on how you can overcome pornography, they are also trained to identify the things in your life that may have contributed to it. With their counsel, combined with the support of friends and family, you will beat pornography and truly enjoy being free and able to enjoy healthy and meaningful relationships with those around you.
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