One of the surest ways to determine if you have an addiction is to go without the object of your addiction for an extended period of time and note your body’s response to its absence. For those who struggle with pornography addiction, though, avoiding triggers and sources can be extremely difficult in a highly digital world where pornography is deemed as normal and even healthy. Our team at Desert Solace offers the following tips to help you avoid returning to pornography:
- Remove yourself from triggering environments. If you have a compulsive habit of viewing pornography, don’t allow the material to be easily accessible. This may seem impossible if you have a smart phone or tablet, but you can use accountability software that reports your internet use to an accountable partner and/or blocks certain sites. Don’t allow yourself to be alone in a room that has a computer.
- Practice ERP (exposure and response prevention). Relying on willpower alone almost always results in a relapse. Imagine a triggering environment, such as being along with a computer, and then manage the physiological response through your breathing until the craving passes.
- Follow up with self-care. Feelings of shame and self-hate are not healthy and can weaken your fortitude. Each time you overcome a triggering environment (or even if you experience a relapse), do something that benefits your physical and mental health, such as exercising or indulging in your favorite hobby.
If you are you worried you cannot overcome addiction alone, contact Desert Solace at 435-228-5011. Our 12-step program will help you gain the knowledge and resources you need to live free of addiction. Give us a call today to learn how you can avoid returning to pornography in St. George, Utah.