Addiction to pornography is a widespread and growing issue that has taken root in American society. Despite its blatant presence on the internet, on print, and even in some forms of advertising, it’s difficult to determine how far pornography’s reach has become, or how many victims it has claimed.
A big part of the issue is that many pornography viewers participate in secret, from their homes and office cubicles or with the privacy of smart phones and laptops. Family and friends may never notice that a loved one is grappling with a strong and potentially dangerous addiction.
Addiction is a gradual process, in which the viewer slowly transitions from casual interest to compulsive and dependent viewing. The process of addiction varies from individual to individual. You may have a problem with pornography if you have an increased desire to view pornography, you have less control over when and where you view it, your tastes in viewing material have changed or escalated, or you experience sexual dysfunction and a decreased desire for personal relationships.
A loved one may be struggling with pornography if he or she has become increasingly withdrawn, shows less interest in maintaining intimate relationships, frequently criticizes or looks down on the appearance of his or her partner, starts performing poorly at work or school, or has an increased affinity for drugs, alcohol, and other vices. These situations are not always linked to a pornography addiction, but they are nevertheless common symptoms. Remember, pornography is an issue that affects both men and women.
If you have begun experiencing any of these symptoms as a result of pornography, or another form of addiction, and you would like to explore your treatment options, please call Desert Solace at 435-228-5011 to seek help.