What Is Porn Withdrawal and How to Get Through It

If you have made the decision to learn how to break a porn addiction, congratulations on taking the first step towards an addiction free life. While you break the porn addiction you will go through withdrawal, but it is vital that you do not give up. Withdrawal does not mean failure, possible relapse or that you cannot do this, withdrawal means that you have taken a step towards being a stronger, more empowered you.

It is understandable that admitting you have a porn addiction is a challenging task, however, to quit porn successful, you need support. During withdrawal it is common to feel as though your porn addiction has not affected your life or the life of those around you. A porn addiction is not often compared to an addiction to drugs or alcohol, however, any addiction means that something has taken control of your life, which means it does affect you and your loved ones. It is easy to say, “I’m not hurting anyone, it is just a picture or it is just time on the computer” but in reality, it is not just these things, it is an aspect of your life that is making your daily living intolerable and uncomfortable.

Withdrawal is difficult, but you can do it. You had the strength to say “help me quit porn” and you will have the strength to get through the stages of withdrawal. It is important that you seek support through loved ones, friends and outside support groups. When quitting porn, the first few days are the hardest. During the first 72 hours of withdrawal for an alcoholic they try to convince themselves that one more drink will make the withdrawal less painful or that they only need one more drink to be able to completely give up drinking. As someone who is addicted to porn, you will experience the same thoughts, you try to convince yourself that you only need to go online one more time or read one more magazine, but this is when you need to gather the strength you found to quit and use it to get through the quitting.

Find ways to occupy your time and take your mind off of the porn and the fact that you are quitting an addiction. Go for a walk, call a friend or go to a local support meeting. An addiction is a disease, it took time for the disease to progress, and it took a long time for the brain to be trained to think that it needed the porn to survive. Withdrawal also takes time, it takes time to retrain your brain and convince it that survival without porn is possible. A disease does not simply go away. Think of your porn addiction the same one you may think of asthma, taking medication may cover up the problem, but it is still there. To live with asthma, you would seek treatment, an addiction is the same as any other disease and it needs treatment. Withdrawal is the toughest part of treatment for your porn addiction, but you can get through it. You were strong enough to make the decision to quit and you are strong enough to get through the treatment.

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