Porn addiction

Porn addiction
Porn
How Serena House Can Help

The era of the smartphone and the laptop has made porn addiction a real issue for a generation. Any kind of sexual activity can flash up on the screen as fast as you wi-fi can get it there. Sexual arousal, like food has become fast and easily accessed.

Porn has become a fact of life for many men and women. However, overuse can become problematic. It can stop people forming relationships and even cause sexual dysfunction as people become unable to have sex as they have become numbed by pornography.

Are you addicted to pornography?

• Do you spend more than ten hours a week viewing pornography?

• Do you prefer to stay in and view porn rather than going out?

• Do you prefer to masturbate rather than have sex with a partner?

• Normal sex doesn’t seem appealing any more

• You try and recreate porn scenarios in your sex life – even though your partner is not keen

•  If you’re male, you’ve had problems maintaining an erection or reaching climax

• You have found yourself seeking out more explicit pornographic material

• You may have come across pornography that is illegal

• You have tried to look at porn at work or at other people’s homes

• If you’re feeling depressed, you look at porn to cheer yourself up

• You’ve rowed with your partner about your use of porn

• You’ve tried to stop or cut down your use of porn – and failed

Why is porn addictive?

When a person views pornography, dopamine a feel-good neurotransmitter is released. It’s the same with other transitory pleasurable experiences – like sex, food, drugs. However, the more dopamine that is released, the more is required to get that good feeling. This explains why pornography becomes so addictive. In a similar way, when someone cuts back on drinking, they will find themselves getting drunk quicker.

Why does porn addiction cause problems?

As the porn user requires more and more stimulation to become aroused, they seek out material that is even more extreme. This can seriously damage relationships as partners are alarmed and repulsed by what their porn-addicted partner wants to do in bed.  It can often mean that users end up losing their sex drive and suffer erectile dysfunction even when they are still young.There is also the risk that porn addiction and the urge to find material that is even more explicit and trasgressive can lead to accessing pornography that is illegal.

Porn and relationships

When people have sex with each other, the dopamine chemicals released, encourage pair-bonding. When you masturbate to on-line porn this same pair-bonding occurs. On this time, it’s not with a person, it’s with a website. Porn can stop you communicating with an existing partner – causing damage to your relationship. It can also prevent you from finding a partner for a real relationship, as you have become so addicted to porn.

Porn addiction causes brain change

Research has revealed that men who describe themselves as addicted to porn show alteration in the reward centre of the brain. This corresponds with similar changes found in drug addicts.

Curing porn addiction

At Serena House, Dr Dmitri Popelyuk one of the UK’s leading sex addiction experts can work with you. With the right therapy, you can refocus your attention away from pornography addiction, and start to improve your relationships and happiness one again.

Serena House is a private porn addiction detox clinic in the heart of London

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Talk to one of our counsellors on 020 3582 4288.