Can You Really Be Addicted To Porn?

“We love our habits more than our income, often more than our life.” – Bertrand Russell

Yes, an addiction is a compulsion to continue self-destructive habits despite serious consequences with an inability to control cravings.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine stated in its new definition of addiction (August 2011) that sexual behavior addictions are as real as drug addictions.
Yourbrainonporn.com compared Internet porn to excessive gambling, video game playing, and food addiction, all of which can cause brain changes that mimic drug addiction.

Here are three signs an addiction is developing:

  • Sexual obsession where you spend a large amount of time thinking, planning, or doing the actual activity.
  • Loss of control where the behavior has become compulsive and the person has lost the ability to stop when he or she wishes.
  • Negative consequences are developing such as relationship problems, education, physical or emotional, social anxiety, depression, apathy, brain fog, loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, and potential legal troubles.

Whatever actions you do daily, whether good or bad, will become a part of who you are and have associated consequences.

Porn addicts spend on average 11 hours per week engaging in porn – on some weeks it’s double that. It becomes an addiction when someone loses control and can’t limit porn viewing and when they move to alternative genres of porn to get the same type of stimulation they received in the past.

Using porn was all about having a good time, escaping worries and pleasures, and getting a chance to do things one couldn’t do in real life. Yet most men don’t stop to think that what they are doing is slowly becoming a habit and a daily ritual. Over time, men develop a relationship with porn, and porn easily slips into the role of ‘significant other.’ In this case, a man can be intimate or in a relationship with another women, but porn is what he truly desires and obsesses about.

And as the porn addiction develops, men find themselves easily becoming irritated and depressed, isolating from other people, sexually objectifying people, neglecting important areas of life, having problems with sex in real life, constantly feeling bad about themselves, and/or engaging in risky behaviors (like strip clubs, paying for sex, meeting up with strangers met online and so on).
Given a negative environment, it then becomes easier to go deeper and deeper into the realms of porn, thus sending the user into a downward spiral in life. All in all, porn addiction is very real and the consequences are very serious.

There is a Native American legend that says inside every person lies two wolves: one bad and one good.
Which one will win, you may ask?
The one you feed.