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Pornographic substance fulfills a physical need in users that, with time and frequent viewing, can evolve into a crutch. This is common knowledge to most people, but what many users don’t consider before viewing pornography is the other—potentially more harmful—addiction that can occur: that of the emotions.

Each person is born with the desire for human companionship. As people form relationships, the brain releases endorphins—the neurotransmitters that create a euphoric sensation in the human body—that satisfies both physical and emotional cravings.

Pornography is, in essence, sex without the intimacy. The content consumed on screen or print may offer the appearance of love and affection, but it can’t replace genuine closeness. Yet, individuals seek out pornographic material for emotional fulfillment as much as physical.

Consumers create a bond with an artificial world that is incapable of offering intimacy in return, which means the true hunger remains unsatisfied. Like an appetite for food, those with an appetite for intimacy will continue to pursue the object of desire until the need is met. When this need lies within a loveless concept, however, fulfillment is unattainable.

As users delve deeper into the world of pornography, seeking an emotional gratification that can’t be reached, they begin to retract from the real world. Relationships with partners and family members become unappealing, aggravating, or unworthy of effort. The opportunity for true human companionship is replaced with the pretense of love.

At Desert Solace, we meet with many individuals who struggle with emotional addictions, and we help them assimilate back into the world of human interaction through patience, time, and our effective 12-step program. If you or someone you love is struggling with a pornography addiction, please contact us at 435-228-5011 to receive reassurance and guidance.