Pornography Addiction is commonly known as a ‘process’ addiction
Process addictions mean being addicted to rewarding behaviour that does not involve an addictive substance, such as drugs or alcohol. Sometimes referred to as behavioural addictions, or compulsive behaviours, process addictions involve a compulsion to perform a certain action such as seeking pornography despite the increase in repeated negative consequences.
Twin Rivers Pornography Recovery Programme
Our approach is based on compassion and understanding. We are conscious of the fact that pornography addiction can generate a certain amount of shame and concern regarding how other clients may see you. Its Twin Rivers responsibility to assist the community at the rehab to see the similarities between all addictions which will assist the pornography addict in feeling more supported. Pornography Addicts Anonymous literature is used as part of the clients recovery journey plus individualised assignments based on other behavioural issues that arise. As with other addictions, the porn addict will have an opportunity to recognise the destructive patterns of behaviour as well as learning strategies and techniques that can positively impact negative thinking patterns that promote addictive behaviours. Also, a great opportunity to address your relationship with your feelings and come to better understand how to identify them and express them in an appropriate manner. Pornography addicts are advised to attend Twin Rivers recovery programme for 3 months.
What is Pornography Addiction?
Similar to someone with a chemical or substance addiction, porn addicts tend to replace important relationships and commitments with their “drug” of choice: pornography. Non-Internet porn addicts can be found in places like strip clubs and adult bookstores, but it is unlikely that they have a strip club addiction or an adult bookstore addiction, but rather that they have consistent and compulsive sexual problems that manifest in different ways.
Pornography addicts tend to isolate themselves when engaging in their sexual ‘acting out’. They can typically spend many hours or even days lost in two-dimensional images and experiences. Some also lose time to Internet addictions such as online fantasy games-chat lines and gambling sites.
Nonsexual Internet addiction can also be painfully isolating, causing real life consequences for the person addicted to online gambling or fantasy games, but Internet porn addiction also carries a moral stigma and the likelihood that important love and sex relationships will be negatively affected.
While some sex and porn addicts use compulsive masturbation as a part of their acting out, others engage only minimally in the sex act itself but nonetheless end up losing themselves in the endless sexual images and sites found online.
Process Addictions vs. Substance Addictions
Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition that presents itself in much the same way whether you are addicted to a substance such as alcohol or a behavioural process such as pornography. Addictive behaviours such as gambling, sex, and internet use all stimulate the brain’s reward system similar to addictive substances, by releasing neurotransmitters such as dopamine.
This stimulation leads people to become preoccupied and seek out such pleasurable experiences more and more often with no thought of possible consequences. After repeated exposure, some people will continue to seek out the experiences compulsively despite their ability to derive pleasure from the action decreases.
Pornography and Drug Abuse Combined
Some pornography addicts are primarily drug addicts who only act out with porn when they are high, so address the addiction and the porn addiction will probably fall away. Others may be cross-addicted and simultaneously use drugs and read/watch pornography. There is no specific order as both addictions lead to the other! There are also pure pornography addicts who do not use or abuse drugs and get their ‘needs’ met via magazines, films and the internet.