An addiction to pornography is every bit as damaging as one to drugs or alcohol. While watching porn may not seem on the surface to be that harmful it can have a devastating effect on marriages and relationships, physical and mental health and careers. What once used to be relegated to sleazy and seedy back street shops is now freely available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Where before if you wanted to look at porn you had to actively go and search for it today it is virtually forced on you every time you switch on your laptop.
There are hundreds of porn sites on the net and the temptation to visit them constantly can be overwhelming. Many people start watching porn recreationally and find that eventually they simply cannot stop watching. This is because of the effect it has on the chemicals in the brain. Make no mistake about it porn is a just as much a drug as heroin or alcohol.
Viewing porn floods your brain with pleasure chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. Regular exposure to porn actually changes the way the brain is wired and the way it reacts to these chemicals and hormones. In effect it rewires itself to cope with the large amount of these chemicals that are being produced each time porn is watched. Over time a tolerance is built up which feeds the need for these pleasure chemicals and the brain demands more and more of them creating an addiction.
While masturbating is normal and healthy masturbating to excess definitely isn’t. If it is interfering with your daily life and your relationships it is time to take action. Addiction to porn and masturbation are commonly cited factors in divorce cases and frequently leads to depression and a loss of interest in actual sex. Fortunately there is help available to help overcome an addiction to porn and a number of steps you can take yourself.
Counselling is widely available to people suffering from an addiction to pornography. There are many websites that can provide help and advice as well as trained councillors and therapists. An addiction of this type is absolutely nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. It is growing health problem for hundreds of thousands of men and women and one that should never be taken lightly.