Can You Be Addicted to Porn?

Learn if a person can be addicted to porn from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

Transcript

Pornography plays a central role in the treatment of addictions. Although we do not treat sexual compulsivity or sexual addictions at the Caron Treatment Center, I've worked with a number of families and partners of people who are addicted to, in particular, internet porn.

Internet porn has become a huge problem with people who suffer from addictions, because they get addicted to the process of watching porn, and they give up the real relationships in their lives to watch internet porn and have sex online. So instead of having sex with their partner, they get off on watching sex online and by having sex with virtual partners. The issue here is of course that it compromises their relationships and has negative consequences in their life.

Some people find themselves spending enormous amounts of money to fuel an internet porn addiction. Some people begin watching it at work and begin having professional problems at work, not only because they're violating company policies but because their performance is suffering. Some people spend hours and hours and hours online at home watching internet porn, and what that does is it shrinks their life and compromises their quality of life.

Like any addictions, people develop a tolerance and a withdrawal. So they need more and more of the internet porn to get the same baseline level of satisfaction, and they have this sense of withdrawal. They have this physical and psychological distress when they don't have access to it.

So without a doubt, internet porn is a pretty huge problem in the field of addiction, and it's something that all of us should be aware of.

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