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Avoiding Common Porn Addiction Mistakes

Pornography addiction can be just as dangerous and damaging as any other type of addiction, and at Renaissance Ranch, we offer pornography addiction treatment options among our many rehabilitation programs. Many porn addicts feel desperate to escape the hold that porn has on them, but find themselves unable without help.

When trying to quit on their own or only with the help of inexperienced friends and loved ones, a few common mistakes are made. Here are some of these mistakes caretakers make, plus how you can avoid them if you’re close to someone dealing with porn addiction.

Not Building on Accountability

Like anyone struggling with addiction, a support group or at least a single advisor is vital for the recovery process. This is a person or group of people with whom the sufferer can report days of abstinence and admit any slips, including details. Knowing that they’ll be forced to talk about regressions can be a powerful deterrent for certain people struggling with addiction, so having an accountable baseline is important.

“It’s Only Porn”

Many people struggling with sex addiction use pornography as just one part of their addictive behavior – and in some cases, their other behaviors are considered more overtly visible, illegal or otherwise inappropriate than porn. This leads to some people justifying the use of porn with phrases like, “It’s only porn.”

This is mistaken thinking, both from addicts and caretakers. All forms of sexual acting out can lead back to a full-on relapse, and even if porn is the only expression of sexual addiction, it’s serious and shouldn’t be justified.

Porn Limitations

It’s common for some to assume that porn only exists on a screen or via the internet – this isn’t true at all. There’s “ambient porn” across our culture – movies, music, TV and even billboards on the street, for instance. Caretakers must work with those struggling with addiction to locate triggers, however strange they may seem.

No Program of Consequences

You don’t need a system where every negative action is punished severely, but no system of consequences will make it very tough for an addict to make improvements. As a caretaker, set up basic programs of accountability and consequences – both for positive and negative actions.

For more on porn addiction treatment or any of our outpatient addiction recovery programs, contact the friendly caregivers at Renaissance Ranch today.