Is It Possible That I Am Addicted To Porn?

Possibly when of the most confronting questions someone can ask themselves, is “am I addicted to porn”?  The most difficult part of finding the answer is, if it is an addiction “how will I known it is an addiction and “how do I quit“?  There are several signs that would lead someone to question their actions as being addictive and many of those who display the signs and symptoms may very well be addicted to porn, however, this does not qualify you as falling into the category of a “bad person”, it simply means that as an addict, you are responsibly for finding your way to recovery.

If you are beginning to question yourself as to what is the difference between watching porn and someone being addicted to porn. Asking yourself the following questions will help you to see the difference more clear and to decide if you need to take the next step… finding help for an addiction.

  1. Do make every effort possible to access porn on a regular basis? This means do you find yourself rushing home to watch porn at least twice a week.
  2. Did you increase your broadband service to better accommodate the porn sites you visit.
  3. Do you get less sleep than you should because you up watching porn?
  4. Are there other activities that you plan, but find yourself accessing porn instead of participating in the activity?
  5. When you originally sit down to access porn, do you tell yourself you will only spend a half an hour on it and end up spending several hours?
  6. Do you become anxious and/or depressed if you are unable to have access to porn as often as you would like?
  7. Have you become aware of various aspects of your life becoming negatively impacted due to your accessing porn?
  8. Are all or some of the relationships in your life being affected due to your accessing porn?
  9. Have you ever, or do you currently tell yourself that you are going to stop accessing porn or limit the amount of time you do spend accessing porn sites, then continue to access?

It is not for me to tell you that simply because you answered yes to a few of these questions, they you are possibly addicted to porn. Doing so would only be confirming the stigma that many addicts already have attached. Instead, it would be safe to clarify that if you suspect that you are responsible for answering yes to some of the questions, that you may want to explore options available to you. One of the primary sentences an addict says is “ I am going to quit or I will cut back”. If you feel as though porn may have slowly began to take over your life, if you feel as though you should be spending time on a family activity instead of isolating yourself and accessing porn, if you feel as though you want to quit accessing porn but cannot seem to find a way and…if you feel as though you may addicted to porn, it would be beneficial for you and your happiness to explore why you may prefer the isolation and why you may feel depressed or angry and why you may want to consider, just consider seeking help.

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