Is Porn Addiction a ‘Real Thing?’

How does therapy help?

Therapy helps at not only get at the underlying factors that relate to the maintenance of the addiction, but helps the person develop new attitudes and feelings toward pornography so that they can build their self-control –kit. Only then can they develop new behavioral techniques to deal with the uncomfortable feelings that the addiction had previously been serving. They also develop new strategies that are in line with their true values and morals as well as develop ways to prevent relapse during stressful times ahead.

It is similar to anxiety and depression treatment

It IS similar to anxiety and depression treatment. First, it helps to identify everything you are doing that you may think is ‘helping’ you in some way (but really is keeping the addiction going) and to identify what it is you are actually avoiding in the process. One must start getting insight into the consequences of these patterns and setting goals to break these patterns and one benefits from considering what their life could look like one the addiction is behind them.

Not only are these behaviors identified, but the attitudes, assumptions and beliefs that are behind them. Education on the sex industry and trafficking as well as the harm that the person is contributing to in their lives is often helpful.

Learning how to identify and restructure faulty attitudes that continue the unhelpful patterns help the person gain for control as well as developing and testing out experiments in their ability to cope and improve their mood when they are outside of the pattern of porn.

More often than not it is important to strengthen their communication techniques to be open and vulnerable about what they want being able to stay confident in the face of criticism as the addiction usually has an avoidance piece to actually actualizing the life they want with the people they want to be with.

Mental Health Professionals

Over the last 10 years more therapist are seeing calls for porn addiction and therefore they cannot deny its existence. Most mental health professions that are scientifically focused see sex addiction as a true condition warranting good treatment. There are a countless number of studies over the last 10 years showing the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) as the main therapy treatment for sex addiction. It is important to make sure your mental health profession is qualified in cbt.

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