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How to Combat Pornography Addiction

Pornography addiction is getting more and more attention in the media these days. In our therapy clinic here in the UK, we are seeing a growing number of people who seek help in dealing with it.

The Internet places pornography at the tip of our fingers. With the click of a mouse anyone can access all manner of porn.

What happens when online pornography viewing snowballs and becomes out of control? At what point does it become an addiction? How can someone struggling with a pornography addiction get the help they need?

Pornography addiction is not yet recognized by the American Psychological Association as a mental disorder (as many other addictions are), but this does not mean that the problem doesn't exist.

The criteria for identifying pornography addiction matches those of any addiction. Does pornography interfere with or in any way interrupt a person's work, personal or social life? If a person answers yes to this question, they could well have a pornography addiction.

What makes porn addiction a greater problem now than in the past?


It's easier than ever before to view pornography. Before the advent of Internet porn, a person had to actually enter an adult video store, or buy an adult magazine in a shop. Now, with just a quick search on the Internet, anyone can gain access to a practically limitless array of free pornography in the privacy of their own home.

Early Exposure

A recent study reported that 42% of children have been exposed to pornography on the Internet before the age of 18. Whereas in the past access to pornography would have been more difficult, with the Internet children have a greater chance at being exposed to it from an early age.


Some experts believe that tolerance to pornography is built up in a similar manner to alcohol and other substances. The more pornography the person consumes, the greater their need becomes in order to achieve the same degree of satisfaction. The Internet offers an unlimited supply of content with around 420 million different pornography websites available.

How can someone struggling with a pornography addiction get the help they need?

As pornography addiction becomes more common and receives more attention, our understanding of it grows. With a better understanding comes better ways to treat the problem.

The first step to recovery lies in ending the denial and recognizing that there is a problem and that the person is addicted. This accomplished, there are numerous effective ways to treat porn addiction.

Numerous 12-Step programs -- both on and offline -- offer help with this particular addiction. SAA (Sex Addicts Anonymous) and SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) are two of the better known. A person can also seek individual therapy and counseling, and hypnotherapy can be of enormous help in managing this addiction. Working with a professional who has experience in this area, the addict can learn to control their addiction and return to a freer way of life.

If you are experiencing an addiction to pornography, or know someone who might be, any of these therapeutic options can be helpful in conquering it.

About Author Peter James Field :

Peter Field is a leading U.K. therapist and counselor. His <a href="" target="_blank">hypnotherapy Birmingham</a> website provides more information on pornography addiction and treatment. Peter's comprehensive range of powerful <a href="" target="_blank">self hypnosis MP3 downloads</a> are now available.

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