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Porn Addiction Watford

If you are worried that you or a loved one is addicted to pornography, it is important to know the top 10 signs of porn addiction.

Porn Addiction in Watford

With the internet allowing simple access to all types of porn and, to a degree, has made watching porn more acceptable, the problem of porn addiction has come to the forefront.

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.

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

If the problem has not become too entrenched, then you can take steps to help empower yourself to stop.

 What steps can you take to break porn addiction?

 Self-help

The first steps are being able to identify what helps and what works. Then, 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. Remember, you are as sick as your secrets.
  2. Surround yourself with support from others. Be careful who you tell, no every one is non-shaming, and some people are very strange around sex and pornography.
  3. Creating an action plan, 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. Seeking help is hard; you can request a male doctor if this would help.
  4. Positive self-talk. Read about CBT online and see if you can change how your inner critic works. We are all hard on ourselves sometimes, and letting up on being so critical of ourselves is a positive place to start.
  5. Sport or leisure activities. It is hard when you are in emotional pain to want to join it. We know if it takes effort. But in short bursts, it is the way out of depression and isolation.
  6. Make viewing pornography inconvenient. Many patients have thrown away their laptops and switched to their phones. This isn’t very good advice. 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. Do you watch when you are sad, lonely, or angry? Are you trying to punish your partner, or are you in need of a hug? All of these are reasons we have heard and may or may not apply to you?
  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. Can you take up a hobby, engage with a therapist, and reward yourself for going a day without porn.
  9. 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 lives in fantasy. But, it is acting out feelings. Unless you can replace this with healthier options, it will be hard to stay stopped.
  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. Discard all your hard-copy porn.
  12. Remove porn and sex talk from your vocabulary. If you have friends or colleagues with whom you regularly talk about sex and porn or misogyny, avoid them.

STAGES OF PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

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. Find yourself losing money
  8. Become agitated and angry
  9. Being to look for help in Watford but failing to connect

UK Statistics

  • There are 68 million search queries relating to pornography every day
  • There are roughly 4.2 million pornographic websites that makeup 12% of the total internet content
  • It is believed to affect between 5 and 8% of the population

Things to notice in a partner, wife, husband etc.

  • Adverse effects on sex life.
  • Adverse effects on their relationship.
  • Lowered self-esteem.
  • I am feeling less attractive and desirable.
  • Feeling insecure

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. I feel 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 rationalise your porn use.
  9. Watch more explicit porn to achieve your desired effects (similar to building a tolerance)

How to recover with professional help

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 of addiction like gambling or addiction. Please call 0808 239 7427 for more details or fill in the form below.

 Outpatient care near Watford

 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.

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Last Updated on July 6, 2022 by