Anything that provides pleasure can become an addiction.  This is true for behaviours (such as the use of pornography) as well as substances.  The question is how do you know when a pleasurable activity has become an addiction.  There is general agreement that something has become an addiction when it interferes with other aspects of your life.  In other words if the behaviour detracts from your relationships with others, your ability to function at work, your capacity to engage in other activities, or your status in your community, etc., it may have reached the level of addiction.  Another rule of thumb for gauging whether an activity has reached the proportion of an addiction is if you have made repeated, but failed, attempts to stop or slow the behaviour.  Yet another indication is when those around you let you know that your behaviour has become a problem for them.  If any or all of these factors are the case for you regarding your use of pornography, you may have an addiction.

Counselling can help.  A counsellor trained in treating process addictions can help you change your relationship to pornography.  If you would like assistance from a compassionate, confidential, non-judgemental, trained counsellor to overcome an addiction to pornography, please call now to make an appointment or fill out a contact form on this website and I will respond promptly.

When Porn Becomes an Addiction

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