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How Do I Know If I’m Addicted To Pornography?

Pornography has never been more accessible than it is today. With a rapid rise in free pornography sites and more crossover between pornography and mainstream media, it can seem like porn is everywhere.

And while some argue that porn is a harmless expression of human sexuality, for many, it’s a serious problem. As porn becomes more prevalent, pornography addiction is becoming more common. Every day, people are crossing the line from “harmless viewing” to “full-blown addiction.”

If you’ve found yourself watching more pornography than you’d like, you may be wondering “how do I know if I’m addicted to pornography?”

Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re worried about your porn habits:

Have You Tried To Stop Or Decrease Your Pornography Use?

In the past, have you tried to decrease your pornography use (or stop it all together) only to find that you went back to your normal viewing habits almost immediately?

Trying to stop or decrease use on your own unsuccessfully is a trademark sign of addiction, and if you’ve made attempts to curb your pornography use to no avail, you might be struggling with an addiction.

Do You Continue To Watch Pornography Despite Negative Consequences?

Has your pornography use caused issues in your marriage or intimate sexual relationships? Is it isolating you from friends?

And, most importantly, despite all of this, do you continue to watch pornography?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may have a porn addiction.

Do You Feel Shame Around Your Pornography Use?

Many people view engaging with pornography as a natural expression of their sexuality.  But people who struggle with porn addiction look at the act of watching pornography as deeply shameful and fear that if people were to find out about their pornography use – like family, friends, or colleagues – they would be disgusted. This causes the addict to hide their porn use and look at porn as their “shameful secret.”

If you grapple with shame and fear around your pornography use, it could be a sign that you’ve crossed the line into an addiction.

Additional Questions To Ask If You’re Struggling

If you’re still on the fence and unsure if your porn use is a problem, here are a few more questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you spend more time watching pornography than you originally planned?
  • Does your pornography use get in the way of your daily responsibilities?
  • Do you find yourself skipping activities you used to enjoy in order to watch pornography?
  • Do you find yourself becoming angry or defensive when confronted about your porn use?
  • When you’re not watching pornography, do you spend time thinking about and planning when you’ll next be able to watch it?

Every person – and every addiction – is different. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to diagnosing porn addiction. But if you’re worried that your pornography use is spinning out of control, it’s time to get help.

Get in touch for a free, confidential assessment on your pornography use. If you’re struggling, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You can conquer this addiction. And I’m here to help.

 

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