Pornography Addiction

Like drug addiction, porn addiction is an excessive use of pornography that affects a person’s everyday activities and relationships. According to the Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Journal of Treatment and Prevention (1996) an addiction should fall under several characteristics. The most obvious is being unable to resist the impulse to engage in a specified behavior. If you are unable to resist viewing pornography, then it is an addiction. Once the impulse is fulfilled, you experience pleasure or relief.

Symptoms & Signs of Pornography Addiction

  • Viewing pornography over a period longer than needed or to greater than the usual extent
  • Frequent preoccupation with the use of pornography
  • Viewing pornography during time that you should spend on daily responsibilities such as work, school, or social activities
  • Giving up other hobbies or important responsibilities to engage in viewing pornography
  • An increased frequency of engaging in viewing pornography just to experience the pleasure or preferred effect
  • Feeling restless after not engaging in the act for awhile

When is it time to get help?

If your porn viewing has become compulsive, you feel shame or embarrassment, or it is interfering with your relationship and regular life, then you may have a problem.

Pornography Addiction Treatment Methods

Insight Psychological unique in Alberta for its experience in sex therapy including pornography addiction. Specially trained psychologists are up to date on all the latest treatment options.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Behaviour Therapy includes the thinking processes, attitudes and values which typically impact an individual. Generally speaking, Behaviour Therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment. Behaviour Therapy also looks at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes overt behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes. Typically, treatment goals are more concrete and objective with a strong focus on measuring progress over time. Ultimately, the goal of therapy is to create new learning and/or new conditions for learning that will ultimately impact the problem behaviour.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on being present in your life and dealing with your challenges rather than trying to eliminate difficult or unpleasant thoughts or feelings. You learn to open up and accept those feelings rather than trying to escape them or avoiding situations in which they may occur. The success of this therapy lies in the client feeling better, which then leads to a better understanding of the issues and the work it takes to get to the outcome they desire.

What will I get out of pornography addiction treatment with Insight Psychological?

If an addiction is affecting your life, you should know that you’re not alone. Our therapists utilize a variety of effective treatment methods that can support you on your journey to finding healthy ways to cope, to stop self-medicating and to reclaim your life.