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Treatment for Porn Addiction

Candeo Team
By Candeo Team on Jan 07, 2013

The battle to fight any addiction can be frustrating for both the addict and his loved ones, and porn addiction is no exception. Many people seeking treatment have struggled for years both with the addiction and the effect it has had on personal relationships, hobbies and employment. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to pornography, it's important to recognize that addiction is a disease, not a choice, and this disease often requires extensive treatment to cure. There are several excellent and highly-effective treatment options available for people struggling with porn addiction.

Traditional Psychotherapy

Porn addiction often springs from unresolved emotional conflicts and psychological problems. Some porn addicts have difficulty with intimacy, insecurity about their sexuality or disdainful feelings for the opposite sex. Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, can help addicts discover the underlying issues that have contributed to their porn addiction and combat them head-on. This treatment is especially effective for people who have experienced personal problems due to their addiction because it gives an addict the chance to rebuild his entire life rather than just giving up pornography.

Medication

In extreme cases, some pornography addicts feel so anxious and restless when they're not watching porn that they're unable to deal with normal daily life. Anti-anxiety medications can be extremely effective at taking the edge off of these feelings. Similarly, some people develop addictions due to unresolved mental health issues, particularly depression. Anti-depressants and other drugs designed to treat these disorders can stabilize a porn addict enough to shake the habit. Medication works best when it's done in conjunction with some form of porn treatment or psychotherapy.

Group Treatment

The most popular form of group treatment for pornography addiction is Sexaholics Anonymous, a 12-step program. This program is particularly effective for people who also struggle with sex addiction. The companionship and support of the group can be powerful, and group members are encouraged to rely on each other during moments of weakness. Some inpatient treatment programs also offer group therapy, and psychotherapists sometimes encourage patients to seek out groups recovering from pornography addiction.

Neurologically-Informed Therapy

Pornography addiction isn't just a behavioral choice. Our brains respond to our environments, and frequent use of pornography can actually rewire your brain, making intimacy much more difficult and making it nearly impossible to give up pornography. Neurologically-informed therapy aims to help addiction sufferers combat the effects of porn on their brains. This, in turn, enables addicts to change their behavior. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example, helps sufferers to gradually re-train their brains to process thoughts differently. There are also several promising programs designed to gradually help sufferers alter the way their brains process pornography, including the Internet-based Candeo Healthy Sexuality, which teaches addicts how to work with, rather than against, their brains to gradually overcome porn addiction.

You may find that you have to try several different methods, or even combine methods, before you find something that works, but the battle against pornography can be won.

References:
Candeo Sexual Addiction Recovery. (n.d.). Candeo Sexual Addiction Recovery RSS. Retrieved from http://candeohealthysexuality.com/
Skinner, K. B. (2005). Treating pornography addiction: The essential tools for recovery. Provo, UT: GrowthClimate.