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Stop Feeling Ashamed of Pornography Addiction
Many of our addiction clients in Utah either come to our Bountiful office or meet us remotely from home through online therapy. They are seeking treatment and come to us with a long and complicated history with pornography. The use of pornographic material can start when a person is young, for some as early as age seven. It can feel like an ever-present force in their lives. You need the help one of our highly trained therapists and addiction experts who work as a team, often accepting different members of a family, helping them heal as a group.
Many people vividly remember when they got the internet in their homes for the first time or the first time they discovered online pornography. It was electrifying, exciting, and terrifying all at once. The feeling of being out of control and full of shame was present from the beginning.
Treatment for Extended Periods of Pornography Use and Addiction
As time goes on, most of our clients using pornography find the behavior gets more and more out of control. They view more than they intend and spend even longer extended periods perusing and viewing porn. The consequences become more significant each time they get caught, without an end to the problem.
The more those addicted to pornography use their drug of choice, the more worthless they feel.
Naturally, these feelings of worthlessness start to impact relationships and self-esteem. It’s not noticeable at first, but it starts to be the ‘elevator music’ of their lives–always in the background and never quite as good as the real thing.
Of course, the amount, type, and frequency of their pornography addiction is a closely guarded secret, keeping the user from seeking treatment.
“If people really know who I am and what I do, they will reject me.”
Immediately after a pornography binge, the addict feels increasingly isolated, less comfortable in close relationships–Afterall, they are keeping secrets.
They know when loved ones discover the truth, things will get worse. It’s easier to pretend that things are normal than it is to admit that there is a problem.
Cannot Connect with Your Sexual Partner
Real people don’t compare with the performers in porn. Some people can get to a point where they prefer pornography to real person-to-person interaction.
When you are in a committed relationship, this is usually a big problem! Some pornography addicts find themselves criticizing their partner’s appearance or performance in the bedroom and can have a difficult time feeling content in their relationships.
Secrets Don’t Stay Hidden Forever
Eventually, it all comes crashing down.
- Someone you love discovers a website left open.
- A family member finds a search query un-deleted from the browser history.
- Somebody walks in on you while masturbating.
- You lose a job for looking at pornography at work.
- A tragedy occurs in your life, making you realize you can’t keep living like this.
Immense Shame in Utah about Pornography Use, Makes the Need for Treatment Tougher
There is a particular shame that comes with pornography use in the state of Utah. Religious leaders may have a lot of good intentions when they teach young people and adults to stay away from it in print and on the Internet. It is harmful to families and marriages. But discussing it from a framework of shame can feed the addiction in many individuals and families rather than help.
Making a Discovery
Discovery of pornography addiction in your family is often painful, especially to marriage partners. Complicated feelings of shame can arise, making people feel like they are to blame. It can feel overwhelming to everyone involved.
Partners of porn addicts can even experience a special kind of mental health distress, called betrayal trauma, which will need professional guidance from one of our team of experts. Without help, a spouse could experience long-lasting problems like depression and anxiety, and even physical health problems.
When you realize a family member has a problem, you’ll have questions like:
“Do we have to talk about this?”
“What does this mean?”
“What does this mean for our relationship?”
Being Less Truthful
With each discovery of pornography use, most people will give the least amount of information they think they can get away with it. They may swear to an employer, spouse, or themselves: “This is everything; it doesn’t go any further than this.”
In Alcoholics Anonymous, the saying goes, “You are only as sick as your secrets.”
Most pornography addicts come to this point, over and over again, where they keep getting caught. The shame increases, feeding the hunger for another cycle of abuse and more secrets.
Moving from Hurt to Healing
When you call us for help, we will work to start understanding your specific needs and challenges. You will choose, or we will match you with a member of our team who is best equipped to help you.
Showing up for your first therapy session will be nerve-wracking. But don’t worry. You will find our offices warm and inviting, full of our knowledgeable and friendly staff who will approach you without judgment or shame.
You will start understanding the cycles of addiction and the specific ways that pornography addiction affects your brain. We will offer tools and help you develop skills to move in a path towards healing.
As you get more stable in sobriety, we will start to peel back the layers of the onion so that you can understand why you’re addicted to pornography.
Your life will start to change. You will feel differently about your relationships, your work, and yourself.
Your path to healing starts with a phone call.
5 months with no pornography
“I couldn’t even imagine going through a day without thinking about sex all the time. I am feeling now that my mind can go to so many other things instead of just being trapped in pornography. It feels good to be living a real life.”
43 Year Old Woman
18 months sober
“I have no secrets. In my 43 years of life, I can’t say that I have ever been able to say that till now. It has been worth all that it took to get here, I wouldn’t trade my peace of mind for anything.”
When someone who is addicted and grows serious about quitting, they discover they can get help. The addicted person must work one-on-one with a therapist with the right understanding of addiction, like a CSAT. They should also have the correct support network, like a therapy group and a good addiction support group in their local area. When the addict reaches out for support if they are treated with love and acceptance by family members, they can recover and find sobriety from pornography addiction.
If you or a family member seems like they are continually fighting to rid their life pornography or sexually addictive behavior, know there is a way out. You and they can find peace from the constant torment of this complex compulsive addiction. Our Bountiful clinic is here to help you start the healing process today.