- Porn use feels out of your control
- Guilt, shame, and sadness after use
- You keep porn use (or the extent of porn use) a secret
- Porn consumes your life. While not using porn, you spend time thinking about and anticipating using it
- Porn becomes a priority over, and interferes with, relationships and responsibilities
If any or all of these items apply to you, you may be suffering from a pornography addiction. There are many treatments options available to help gain control of the addiction. One option is an inpatient facility where experts will help you withdraw and begin recovering from the addiction. Another treatment option is to attend support group meetings. There are many formats available, and having a support network can help addicts through their recovery. Lastly, couples therapy is a great option. In couples therapy a skilled therapist will help both the addict and their partner come to terms with the addiction and learn new coping skills, stress management techniques and establish an accountability plan.
This Topic of the Week is written by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT