Can Porn Addiction Be Treated?

POINTS TO RENDER:

  • Different Types Of Therapies
  • 12-Step Recovery Process
  • Medications for Porn Addiction Victim
  • Mental Health Disorder
  • Substance Abuse In People
  • Treatment Options Of Porn Addiction In Teens
  • Prevent Your Child From Developing a Porn Addiction

The good news is Yes Porn addiction, like other addictions and mental health issues can be treated by a number of different practices.

Different Types Of Therapies

Individual/Group Therapy

Individual or group therapy is suggested with a qualified mental health professional. Individual therapies usually consist of 30-60 minute sessions, focusing on basic behaviors related to porn addiction and any other related issues. Group therapy will allow seeking a community to help consisting of others who are struggling with similar experiences.

Cognitive-Based Therapy (CBT)

CBT is primarily based on the concept that one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all related to each other, and when these all together become “dysfunctional” or overwhelmingly negative, it can lead to serious consequences in one’s lives.

CBT focuses on the negative thoughts about oneself, others, and the world and works to change these thoughts into more positive thoughts.

With directed Structured assignments and careful self-observation, individuals can totally recover.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

An MI approaches to make the victim work on comfortable surroundings to deal with your current addiction and help you make your own decision i.e when, and if, you are ready to make a change in your life for a better one.

It is a much less confrontational approach between the therapist and patient, but it has a more powerful, dramatic, and long-lasting effect on a victim’s behavior.

Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Mindfulness-Based Therapies incorporate “mindfulness” as a key ingredient in treatment. Mindfulness is the cultivation of attention that is present-focused and nonjudgmental.

Mindfulness-based approaches help individuals gain more awareness over their thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and behaviors, and help them “relate” to these experiences in a different way. This allows these “temporary” and “fleeting” experiences to rise and pass away instead of letting them control one’s behavior.

Mindfulness-based therapies include:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Compassion-based practices, such as Compassion-Focused Therapy, are also related to mindfulness-based approaches.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy basically works on the principals of assumptions that unconscious mind drives, conflicts, and memories are always influencing one’s behavior. This therapy traditionally explores a victim’s early-childhood life events that somehow contributed to create habits or “patterns” in one’s life. Though it can also be focused on the present scenario and thus help the victim to identify what is currently keeping them “stuck” to a certain behavior, in this case, porn addiction.

Couples Counseling

Couple’s counseling is very important for partners when one, or both, individuals are addicted to watching porn in an unhealthy way. This counseling focuses on both resolving individual addictions or behaviors and improving communication, relations, and healthy sexual intimacy between the two partners.

12-Step Recovery

12-step recovery programs are basically for Sex Addicts, which are typically group-focused and are similar to other recovery programs such as Alcohol Addiction. It stresses the importance of acknowledging one’s “powerlessness” over their addiction and asking for help in their recovery to the almighty. However, not all 12-step programs are centered around religious material.

Medications for Porn Addiction

Though the FDA has not approved any specific medication only for treating porn addictions. Some researchers have revealed promising results in medications that decrease the symptoms of porn addiction.

Porn addiction and related sexual dysfunctions often co-occur with mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. These mental health issues can be treated using antidepressants (such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or “SSRIs”) or related drugs, which can relatively reduce sexual cravings associated with porn addiction.

If the victim’s body doesn’t respond to antidepressants or unpleasant side effects occurs, there are other alternatives:

  • Naltrexone, medication is used to ease withdrawal symptoms in alcoholics and opioid addicts have shown a relative decrease in sexual compulsions.
  • Anti-androgenic medications help to decrease the sexual urge by reducing the number of male hormones present in the body.
  • Till now there is no adequate amount of research on anti-androgenic medications and severe side effects have been revealed.
  • The effects of anti-androgenic medications lack persistence and the hormone levels will return to normal once the drug is no longer used.
  • These medications are only used to treat those with paraphilia (a condition in which a person is sexually aroused by typical or abnormal behavior).
  • Although some researches have already been conducted, still it is not recommended due to the lack of reliable evidence.

Mental Health Disorders

Evidence reveals that there is a strong correlation between porn addiction and psychiatric conditions, specifically mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

Researchers Studies have revealed that porn viewers have a higher level of depression symptoms.

Porn addicts commonly suffer from Clinical depression, which is a severe mental health illness that requires professional treatment.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts.
  • Irritability.
  • Restlessness.
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyable.
  • Continuous sad, anxious, or empty mood.

If you or someone you know is addicted to porn and suffers from similar clinical depression, contact your nearest medical provider immediately. It is vital that it is treated and addressed both depression and sex addiction becomes uncontrollable.

Substance Abuse

The use of pornography can cause sexually compulsive and depressing behaviors, which leads to the development of sex addiction as well. There is a significant correlation between sexual addiction and substance use disorders.

  • Researches shows, an estimated 40-64% of sex addicts also have a substance abuse disorder.
  • Among them, Alcohol abuse is the most common around 30-40%, followed by marijuana abuse around 18-21.7%.

Teenagers who are exposed to view sexually explicit material are more likely to have used alcohol or other illicit substances during their most sexual encounters. The earlier someone is exposed to using a substance, the more likely it is that he or she will become addicted. Thus, teenagers who develop porn addiction are at a greater risk for developing a substance abuse disorder as well.

There are some behavioral signs that often co-related with excessive porn use:

ADHD symptoms:

  • Impaired concentration.
  • Easily distracted.
  • Struggle to follow instructions.
  • It does not seem to listen when spoken to.
  • Anxiousness.
  • Mental distress or unease.
  • Withdrawn or isolated.
  • Anger and impatience.
  • Seems depressed.
  • Avoids previously enjoyed pursuits.

Some signs associated with computer use that a parent should be aware of when evaluating for porn addiction:

  • If Your child spends his/her’s maximum amounts of time online (at night especially ).
  • If Your child turns off the computer/quickly changes the screen when you enter the room.
  • If Your child locks the room while working on the computer.
  • If Your child deliberately lies about computer use.
  • If Your child erases his or her search history.
  • If You find pornographic pictures on the computer.

Treatment Options Of Porn Addiction In Teens

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V (DSM-5) had not listed porn addiction as a diagnosable condition yet, though there are a few treatment options that are specific to teenagers suffering from porn addiction.

Outpatient therapy:

This Extensive therapy offers teens to live in their home, attend school, and participate in any other activities.

Residential treatment centers:

Facilities in their resident in which the teen can escape his or her every day’s sexualized habits and put more focus on developing more positive behaviors.

Peer support groups:

Teen-focused support groups created in a safe and healing environment in which the teen can express himself or herself openly.

How to Help Prevent Your Child From Developing a Porn Addiction

As a parent, it is very important to have open communication with your children’s. Avoiding topics of sex is not at all recommended, as your child might have many questions related to sexual relationships and development.

There are a few important factors to consider when attempting to prevent your child from developing a porn addiction:

  • Try to Maintain a communicative and honest parent-child relationship.
  • Provide proper sex education and guide them to appropriate resources.
  • Utilize parental controls in limit and carefully monitor internet usage.
  • Best is to Lead by example and limit your own technology usage.

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