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Recovering and getting help for porn addiction in Gillingham

Porn addiction is a grey area of medicine. You may read on the internet that it is not classed as an addiction. Here at ERG we speak to many people whose lives and those of their loved ones in Gillingham are adversely affected by this addiction.

The addict changes, and their mental health and sense of well-being plummets. All compulsive disorders separate people from their friends and family. It takes over their lives; they may not seem to be the person they were before. If this is the case and they cannot stop watching and fantasying about porn, then it is time to get help.

With the internet allowing simple access to all types of porn and to a degree, has made watching porn more acceptable, the problem with porn addiction has come to the forefront. With mobile phones also comes privacy and portability – no need to be home or in front of a desktop.

There are 68 million search queries relating to pornography every day

The Executive Rehab Guide has seen a rise in the number of enquiries from men and women seeking treatment, help and advice in treating their addiction. The majority of questions and enquiries are from men, though.

We understand that, as with all addictions, there is a degree of shame for people living in Gillingham to admit that they cannot stop watching porn. It has taken over their lives, and the consequences will mount up.

Don’t worry; all addictions can be addressed and, with therapy and care, be understood and ‘cured’ to the degree that they no longer affect a patient’s daily life.

What steps can you take to break porn addiction?

Take it day by day, and remember you can recover.

  1. Admit to yourself and another person the exact nature of your addiction and how it impacts your life.
  2. Surround yourself with support from others. Be careful whom you tell; not everyone will understand
  3. Speak to your GP. They will of heard all of this before. Perhaps depression or anxiety is driving your porn addiction, a GP would be able to help you with this with talking therapy or with medication.
  4. Seeking help is tricky; you can request a doctor by gender if this would help
  5. DIV therapy books. Read about CBT online and see if you can change how your inner critic works.
  6. Make viewing pornography inconvenient. It would be better to be aware of the time you are watching porn and note when and for how long. This is the first stage in looking to find a correlation between your porn watching and your emotional state.
  7. Reconnect to relationships. Again speak to your partner. We understand that this is difficult, but they love you and will understand more than your think. It is unlikely that they do not know.
  8. Understand Why You Are Giving It Up and provide an alternative way of coping with life. Just stopping and not embracing new healthy ways to express your emotions will likely lead to relapse. So can you take up a hobby or engage with a therapist? There are several talking therapies available on the NHS and privately in Gillingham.
  9. Don’t Beat Yourself Up If You Fall Off the Wagon.
  10. Delete electronic porn and bookmarks on all your devices. This is like drug addicts deleting their dealer numbers off their phones. It is more important than you think. It is a positive action in stopping your addiction
  11. Remove porn and sex talk from your vocabulary. Avoid them if you have friends who regularly talk about sex and porn or misogyny.

There are roughly 4 million adult content websites that makeup 10% of the total internet content

When is it bad enough to seek help?

 “You watch porn because there is a payoff. In some way, it helps soothe problems or emotions; it helps zone out of reality and lives in fantasy.”

Here are some of the typical  stages to look out for:

  1. You can’t stop
  2. Lost awareness of time as you watch more
  3. Craving for more
  4. No interest in actual physical sex
  5. Develop unrealistic ideas of men or women
  6. Loss of attraction to others
  7. Become agitated and angry
  8. Being to look for help in Gillingham but failing to connect or to be truthful
  9. Feelings of isolation and depression
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Things you may begin to notice in yourself

  • Adverse effects on sex life and partner intimacy
  • Being unavailable or not present even with friends or family
  • Lowered self-esteem or self-hate occurring more readily
  • Feeling less attractive or desirable.
  • Feeling insecure and isolated
  • Feeling self-disgust

Luckily there is a lot of help and support in Gillingham.

Porn addiction problems and common consequences

  1. Spend excessive time using porn (and neglecting other responsibilities).
  2. Experience a sense of craving or “need” to watch porn.
  3. Feel guilt or shame while viewing or after viewing porn.
  4. Struggle to enjoy masturbation or sexual activity without porn.
  5. Feel unable to resist porn even if it’s hindering your life or relationships.
  6. Feel angry or anxious if your partner asks you to stop using porn.
  7. Lie, deny, or otherwise rationalise your internet porn use.
  8. Watch more explicit porn to achieve your desired effects (similar to building a tolerance)
  9. Feeling isolated through your secret life

How to recover from addiction in Gillingham

Medications can help (please take medical advice from your GP in Gillingham)

Medications can help control certain brain chemicals linked to obsessive thoughts and actions that lead to compulsive behaviour like watching porn.

They include:

  • Anti Depressants: make an appointment with your GP to discuss which options are most suitable for you.
  • Naltrexone is often used by rehabs to treat alcohol and opiate dependence. It is available on the NHS. It works by blocking blocks the part of your brain that gets pleasure from addictive behaviours.

 Inpatient care/rehab

There are many rehabs in the UK that will give you access to inpatient care to treat a process addiction like porn addiction. A number of them are very accessible for Gillingham.

This would be very similar to recovering from any other process of addiction like gambling or addiction. Please call 0808 239 7427 for more details or fill in the form below. The length of treatment would be approximately 28 days and the cost would be in the region of £15,000. There are some NHS rehabs but the waiting list may be very long.

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We can help

Catch Recovery provides a range of therapy and treatment to help you or a loved one:

  • One-to-one counselling sessions
  • Group/family counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • 12-step recovery programme
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Inpatient therapy sessions in London

 Read more about Catch Recovery.

 

Last Updated on July 6, 2022 by