Porn Addiction Series Part 4: Myths

If you haven’t read the other articles on this topic, I highly recommend you start from the beginning. If you’re here out of curiosity, then by all means, enjoy:

  1. Porn doesn’t hurt anyone. Truth: Even going past the ethical problems of pornography, it can still be quite harmful. It leads to undesirable consequence to society, individuals, and to those close to them.
  2. Will-power is all that’s needed to get over porn addiction. Truth: Unlike overindulgence, addiction involves losing control of the habit. When you can clearly see the negative consequences of the behavior, you may try to reduce or stop it. However, changes in your brain make this extremely challenging. You’ll find will-power to be often insufficient.
  3. Addiction to porn is not a serious enough condition to need rehab. Truth: Due to the beliefs and motives driving porn addiction, freeing oneself of it may be impossible on your own. The professional route of rehab offers the best chances of you overcoming your problem long term.
  4. Only bad people get addicted to porn and they need to control their behavior. Truth: Addiction is caused by modifications in the mind, so a moral deficiency is not really the issue.
  5. You need to watch porn daily to get addicted. Truth: How frequently you engage in the activity is not the issue. The real problem is how it impacts your life.
  6. When you stop using porn, the problem is over. Truth: Normally, there are underlying problems behind porn addiction. Until you address these issues, you may relapse or start engaging in other negative behaviors.
  7. Only men can get addicted to porn. Truth: Women may become porn addicts as well.
  8. Only those who don’t have sex in real life can get addicted to porn. Truth: Many people who are in a relationship still choose porn over sex.
  9. Hard porn is what you should watch out for. The rest is harmless. Truth: Although many people who get addicted to porn start watching progressively “hard” material, this isn’t obligatory. Soft porn can be just as addictive.
  10. I can stop any time I want. I just don’t want to. Truth: Denial is a common reaction of addicted people. The problem gets obvious only when you try to get rid of it and realize you can’t.

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