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PORN ADDICTION

"I literally almost lost my job because I could not stop watching porn.  My girlfriend repeatedly told me that she felt isolated, and I didn't see the problem.  I started counseling with Mitchel, and quickly realized that my behavior was not normal. I am making progress, and am hopeful about repairing my relationship."

Is a compulsive sexual behavior, aided by the use of pornographic material, with or without the need for masturbation. The constant need for gratification through the use of pornography, has a devastating effect on the individual and their relationship, or potential future relationship. Not everyone who sees porn will become addicted to it. Some however, will come away with distorted views of relationships. 

Porn viewing is not the only ingredient for addiction. Usually, those who become addicted have some kind of emotionally avoidant issue that allows this addiction to really take root. The addiction can lead to social-awkwardness and isolation, as this individual may spend more time viewing pornographic materials, and less time interacting with people.  This is especially damaging when the individual is in a relationship, as the desire for person to person intimacy is overtaken by the desire to view porn. This behavior causes an individual to have a very difficult time forming any type of relationship that requires intimacy. It can also cause problems in other areas of life.  This person is usually not able to function well at work or school, as they are preoccupied by the need to view pornographic materials.  Sometimes this person may even end up with legal issues as a result intentionally or unintentionally viewing child porn on public or restricted computers at work or elsewhere.   

The porn-addicted person’s behavior can include compulsive masturbation and can be intensified when adding any type of substance such as drugs or alcohol.  Also, an addicts taste in pornographic material will evolve over time, meaning that things the individual would have never viewed before, they are now drawn to viewing.