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Recovering and getting help for porn addiction in Hemel Hempstead

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 a smartphone also comes privacy and portability. No need to be home or in front of the 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 enquiries are from men though.

We understand that, as with all addictions, there is a degree of shame for people living in Hemel Hempstead to admit that they cannot stop watching porn. It has taken over their lives, and the consequences are being to 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. Do you watch when you are sad, lonely, angry, Are you trying to punish your partner, are you in need of a hug? All of these are reasons we have heard and may or may not apply to you.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Hemel Hempstead.
  10. Don’t Beat Yourself Up If You Fall Off the Wagon. You watch porn because there is a payoff. In some way, it helps soothe problems or emotions; it helps zone out of reality and live in fantasy.
  11. 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
  12. Discard all your hard-copy porn.
  13. Remove porn and sex talk from your vocabulary. If you have friends whom you regularly talk about sex and porn or misogyny, avoid them.

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How bad is it?

Identifying the steps toward a porn addiction is crucial, whether it’s yourself or a loved one.

Here are some of the stages to look out for:

  1. You can’t stop
  2. Lost awareness of time
  3. Craving for more
  4. No interest in sex
  5. Develop unrealistic ideas
  6. Loss of attraction to others
  7. Become agitated and angry
  8. Being to look for help in Hemel Hempstead but failing to connect

Things to notice

  • Adverse effects on sex life or on the relationship in general
  • Being unavailable or not present even with friends or family
  • Lowered self-esteem or self-hate
  • Feeling less attractive or desirable.
  • Feeling insecure and isolated
  • Feeling self-disgust

Luckily there is a lot of help and support in Hemel Hempstead.

Porn addiction problems and 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 like you’re living a double life due to your porn use.
  7. Feel angry or anxious if your partner asks you to stop using porn.
  8. Lie, deny, or otherwise rationalize your porn use.
  9. Watch more explicit porn to achieve your desired effects (similar to building a tolerance)
  10. Feel isolated through your secret life

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How to recover with professional help in Hemel Hempstead

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

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

  • Many Antidepressants. Drugs that treat depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder may help. Make an appointment with your GP to discuss which options are most suitable for you.
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol). This medication 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.
  • Mood stabilizers.
    • Used for conditions like bipolar disorder, they may reduce compulsive disorders

 Inpatient care/rehab

There are rehabs in the UK that will give you access to inpatient care. This would be very similar to recovering from any other process addiction like gambling or addiction. Please call 0808 239 7427 for more details or fill in the form below.

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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)

 Click here for more information on Catch Recovery.For some people, travel can be a barrier to seeking help. With CATCH Recovery’s Telehealth services we can help you break down this barrier and offer a way to begin your treatment online in Hemel Hempstead.

Last Updated on July 6, 2022 by