A diagnosis of porn addiction by a therapist is often dependent on several key factors. To determine whether porn addiction treatment is necessary, you may be asked to consider which of the following statements are true for your situation:
- You feel powerless to resist the urge to view porn.
- You frequently spend more time or money on porn than you initially intended.
- You’ve tried without success to limit or stop viewing porn.
- You spend a significant portion of your time viewing porn, thinking about porn or engaging in activities that will enable you to access porn.
- You neglect family, social or work obligations to view porn.
- You continue to use porn despite negative consequences.
- The more often you engage in using or viewing porn, the more you need to increase the risk so that you can gain the same satisfaction or thrill.
- You’ve passed up opportunities, or have considered passing up opportunities so that you have more time to use or view porn.
- You become anxious, stressed or irritable if you are unable to access porn.
If you have answered yes to three or more of these questions then it is time for you to see a professional.
Effects of Porn Addiction
Because porn addiction is often a private behaviour that is carried out secretly or in isolation, it may seem like there are limited negative effects. After all, there are no other people involved, just the addict and his or her computer, videos or photos. But the negative effects of porn addiction can be very similar to those found with any other type of addiction. It is best to seek professional help at a pornography addiction treatment center so that all of the problems that accompany your addiction can be addressed or resolved. If left untreated, pornography addiction can result in negative effects, which may include:
- Broken or troubled intimate relationships
- Feelings of shame and/or guilt
- Problems with work or school and/or job loss
- Financial troubles
- Legal problems
- High risk of engaging in dangerous or unhealthy sexual activity, with an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases