What Is Porn Addiction?

Most people who view pornography do not have a porn addiction. The difference between normal porn use and porn addiction is that the affected individual can no longer control their impulse to view porn, to the extent that it starts to negatively impact other aspects of their life. People with porn addiction often feel ashamed of their porn use, but simultaneously unable to stop. Often, they end up turning to increasingly hardcore or even illegal pornograpy to satisfy their increasing need for gratification. Early exposure to porn is correlated with higher porn use and an increased risk of addiction later in life. Porn addiction not only affects men; a recent survey determined that 17% of porn addicts are women.

Sex Addiction vs. Porn Addiction

While many people consider porn addiction be a subset of sex addiction, the two conditions are actually quite different. Porn is not sex, and people who are porn addicts do not engage in problematic behavior with real people, unless there is evidence to the contrary. In fact, porn addicts often prefer watching porn to having sex with actual partners. While sex addiction is relatively rare among the population, porn addiction is alarmingly prevalent. 

Signs of Porn Addiction

If you suspect that you or your partner are suffering from a porn addiction, there are several signs to look for. These include:

  • Increased porn use, despite trying to stop
  • Increased feelings of shame
  • Desire to watch increasingly hardcore porn
  • Going to extreme lengths to hide porn use
  • Spending more and more time alone, at the sake of social relationships
  • Loss of productivity 
  • Loss of desire in actual sex
  • Sexual dysfunction, such as loss of ability to hold an erection or have an orgasm

How Porn Addiction Treatment Can Help

Porn addiction therapy can help you admit that you have a problem and find solutions to combat it. During your porn addiction treatment, Dr. Lara Dye will help you determine the root cause of your illness and whether or not you have any co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), etc. Your treatment may involve classic talk therapy, as well as novel approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). If you have a spouse, then it will involve both individual and couples therapy so that you can rebuild your relationship with your partner and reestablish trust and intimacy. 

Schedule an Appointment to Get Started

If you believe that porn addiction treatment could help you or a loved one, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lara Dye today. In addition to individual and couples therapy in our Austin office, we also offer telehealth services for clients throughout the state, including Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio or anywhere else in Texas. Contact us for any additional questions or concerns. We look forward to helping you discover a life free of addiction.