Pornography Addiction is when pornography is excessively used to the point that it interferes with daily life. Pornography addicts spend time regularly searching for pornography and viewing excessive amounts of pornography.
Approximately 8% or 18 – 24 million people in the United States are addicted to pornography. Of those people, approximately 70% are addicted to online pornography.
Some signs of pornography addictions are: irritable or even angry if asked to stop viewing pornography. If someone is attempting to hide their pornography use from a partner or loved one. If someone is completely unable to stop looking at pornography and it’s become their obsession. If someone continues their behavior with pornography regardless of strain or loosing a relationship or a job loss. If someone is losing time being completely lost in pornography.
Pornography Addiction is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. There is help for pornography addicts. Just like other addictions, the first step is knowing there is a problem. With knowing there’s a problem, there has to be a willingness to want to change the habit. There are local groups which often can be found in your local paper. If a group isn’t comfortable for you or you need something more one on one, a counselor might be the answer for you. You may also try things like accountability or blocking software for websites, making a plan for everyone involved when the urge to view pornography happens or having a person to call and talk through those urges.
Dealing with a pornography addiction will take time. It will affect everyone in the family unit or even friends whom are involved. Like other addictions, it’s a day by day process to recovery.