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Porn addiction

Seeking treatment for addiction to pornography is one of those uncomfortable topics people tend to avoid discussing. Porn addiction therapy often focuses on issues around shame, denial, loneliness, fear of intimacy, and sometimes social anxiety. It can shine a light on issues that “exist in the shadows,” said therapist L. Gordon Brewer, who has experience treating clients for sex and porn addiction. Brewer added that providing unconditional positive regard is especially important when helping people with addiction.

Therapists who treat clients for porn addiction commonly use cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] to address the issues behind the addiction. This form of psychotherapy attempts to change the client’s beliefs by showing them how their thoughts are irrational or detrimental. They also help clients understand how their excessive consumption of pornography is preventing them from living a full life and having a healthy mindset about sex, relationships, and intimacy.

People often become addicted to pornography because it allows them to escape into fantasies rather than coping with reality. Porn is also a distraction that enables people to put off dealing with problems or painful emotions. Therapy addresses these issues and explores why the client wants to overindulge in fantasies.

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