How Much Porn Is Too Much Porn?

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How Much Porn Is Too Much Porn? [EXPERT]
Is someone you know hooked on porn? Read this article to help you find out when enough is enough.
  • Inability to form necessary social and intimate relationships
  • Disintegration of pre-existing primary and secondary relationships
  • Loss of time and focus on family life and other enjoyable activities
  • Physical injury caused by compulsive masturbation
  • Intense feelings of depression, shame, isolation and loneliness Helping Your Loved One Through Anxiety
  • Porn use combined with drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Job, career or educational losses
  • Legal and/or financial trouble

Sadly, porn addicts are often reluctant to seek help because they don't view their solo sexual behaviors as an underlying source of their unhappiness. And when they do seek assistance, they often seek help with their addiction's related symptoms—depression, loneliness and relationship troubles—rather than the porn problem itself. Many attend psychotherapy for extended periods without ever discussing. or even being asked about, pornography or masturbation. Thus, their core problem remains underground and untreated. Sex Video: My Husband Was Addicted To Porn

Recovery from porn addiction most often requires extensive counseling with a trained and licensed addiction treatment specialist, coupled with or followed by group therapy and/or a 12-Step recovery program. Getting help for porn and sexual addiction can feel shameful, embarrassing and humiliating, and, as with any addiction, the pain and consequences of the addictive sexual behavior have to become greater than the fear of seeking help before the person becomes willing to get help.

It is important to note that porn addiction is most often a symptom of underlying emotional and relationship concerns that will require longer-term psychotherapy and support to overcome, but this psychotherapy and support can be successful only after the presenting behavioral issues have been eliminated.

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