Charlotte Counseling Associates specialize in Pornography Addiction
Pornography Addiction Counseling treatment in Charlotte, NC
Are you struggling with compulsive pornography use? You are not alone, sex addicts comprise about 6 to 8 percent of the US population. A man or woman that is using pornography compulsively can produce significant consequences for both the viewer as well as the spouse or partner who may experience it as a betrayal of the marriage relationship, even though it may be completely virtual.
When cybersex is involved, the porn use can escalate very rapidly with new sources of arousal occurring and becoming fixated very quickly. The viewer may discover being “hooked” by images never imaginable before. At this stage, sex addiction/porn addiction counseling and treatment is highly recommended.
Today, most porn addicts get their “fix” on the Internet, spending at least 11 or 12 hours per week on digital devices in search of the perfect image or video. Many are on the hunt two or three times that amount. While magazines, videotapes and other “traditional” forms of pornography are still in use, most porn addicts prefer the anonymity, affordability and round-the-clock accessibility of the Internet. Typically, addictive porn use, like other forms of sexual addiction, reaches the point where it interferes with healthy activities, resulting in relationship, career, health, financial and legal troubles.
Common signs that casual porn use has escalated to the level of addiction include:
- Continued porn use despite consequences and/or promises to stop
- Increasing the amount of time spent on porn use
- Significant periods of time (hours or days) lost to finding and viewing pornography
- Needing to increase the intensity or type of sexual content viewed in order to get a fix
- Lying and covering up the nature and extent of porn use
- Anger or irritability if asked to stop
- Loss of interest in sexual relationships with spouses or partners
- Feeling alone or detached from others
- Using drugs or alcohol in conjunction with porn
- Objectifying strangers, or viewing them as body parts rather than people
- Escalation to using the Internet for anonymous sexual hookups or to find prostitutes
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